Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Glacier - Hiking a GLACIER

So, Monday, the 16th, we headed up Going to the Sun Road. It winds up along the mountains and gives gorgeous views. The kids loved spotting all the waterfalls and catching glimpses of snow. We made it up to Logan Pass, parked and then ate some lunch before heading out to hike the Hidden Lake trail. When preparing at the campsite for this hike I was picturing wooded trails and did not come ready for what we actually were doing...hiking on snow. You weren't cold, but the sun was coming down reflecting on the snow and we all got a good little burn on our faces. The hike itself was pretty strenuous for the kids, and tricky with the snow being slippery. We thought about turning back many times, but stuck it out until we reached Hidden Lake. The lake was beautiful and really, the hike itself was amazing as well. We spotted some mountain goats, which helped encourage the kids along the way, but I think we were all relieved when we made it back to the parking lot. When we got back near our campsite we stopped for a well-deserved ice cream treat :-)!
(and the next day there were a few rock slides on the road that closed it down for the rest of our stay, so we were really lucky that we went that first day otherwise we would have completely missed out!)
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the kids were so excited to taste the snow, they didn't care if it was dirty and gross.
little did they know how much snow we would be experiencing in only a few minutes :-)
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the pictures really don't portray the true beauty of the area at all
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Addie insisted on using a walking stick, even if it was too short.
 It would have been nice for us all to have them. We slipped all over the place!
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We hiked through all that snow and over to the left of the mountain. It was pretty crazy to look up at what we had accomplished when it was over!
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7 comments:

Cheryl Joy said...

Amazing! I love those goats!!!

Marti said...

As a born and raised Colorado girl, you are killing me with all your pictures, especially since it is so hot and sticky here. Looks like you are having a fantastic time! Enjoy!!

the Holyoaks said...

Wow! You guys are troopers! The pictures are amazing so I'm sure the real view was even more breathtaking. It's so cool that you saw some mountain goats too.

Diane Freeman said...

Really? Hiking on a glacier? You guys are on the most amazing vacation ever! I love this post....BEAUTIFUL SCENERY! The goats are adorable. Seems funny to get ice cream after hiking in the snow....must have been warmer than any snow trip I ever took :)

Lindsey said...

My parents live in Montana and we love Glacier! It really is so beautiful. Did you try any of the huckleberry flavored treats? My mom gets a little obsessed...candy, ice cream, cream soda. haha

Marci said...

I had huckleberry ice cream at that little ice cream shop...it was delicious! And Preston discovered wild huckleberries at camp (coming up in the next blog post :-) and loved them.

Kayley said...

wow- it's GORGEOUS there!