West Glacier

It wasn’t much of a drive from our rented cabin to here:

1_Lake-Macdonald

Wow. I mean, it was just… wow.

2_Lake-Macdonald-reflection

The water was so clear…

5_Clear-Lake-Macdonald

Everyone wanted their picture in front of it.

8_Picture-Op

6_family

10_portraits-at-the-lake

And the rocks on the shore were perfect for skipping.

3_Skipping-Stones

4_Penny-and-the-Lake

9_kids-and-massive-tree

7_Mike-and-Lucy

But we couldn’t stay there forever. There was a whole park to discover! Unfortunately, it was too early in the season for us to complete the Going to the Sun Road, but we could go up as far as Avalanche Lake, with a stop off at a waterfall and a view of the peaks on the way.

11_River-in-Glacier

12_Amanda-and-Molly

13_Glacier-Peaks

We planned to walk along the Trail of the Cedars, and possibly hike up to Avalanche Lake, but first it was time for lunch. And more rock-skipping. It wasn’t a bad spot to eat your lunch at.

14_picnic-spot

15_bird

16_kids-and-peaks

18_waterfalls

During lunch, Claire made a little boat from some twigs and a leaf and then we let it sail.

17_Claires-boat

The Trail of the Cedars is a really easy walk through really incredible scenery that was perfect for the little kids.

19_Trail-of-Cedars

20_Mikey-and-boys

21_Mossy-rocks

We didn’t have time to hike up to Avalanche Lake, though, because we had reservations for a boat tour on Lake McDonald. We met the boat just outside of Lake McDonald. I loved the Lake McDonald Lodge. It was just so picturesque with lots of flowers and gingerbread trim. Inside, I found the National Park rustic design I was hoping for.

22_Lake-Macdonald-Lodge

Lake-Macdonald-Lodge

23_Way-to-the-Marina

We boarded the boat for the cruise, which, to be honest, was not the most exciting. But it was interesting to learn more about the geography and history of the region. And luckily it wasn’t very crowded so the kids had lots of room to run around.

24_boat-cruise

25_Mikey-and-Liam

26_Izzy

27_Mamers-and-Molly

28_Mikey-and-Mom

29_Lucy

30_Monster-Lucy

31_smiley-pete

32_silly-pete

We finished the afternoon with some huckleberry ice cream cones at Apgar Village. It was pretty much perfect.

4 comments

  1. izzy · June 20, 2013

    WOW! I am so happy you were able to capture all that beauty. You are so talented. It really was the BEST time. Claire looks so grown up and I adore that first pic of Mamer and Molly. Katie you are the Ultimate!

  2. cristen · June 20, 2013

    looks awesome!!! so beautiful.

  3. catherine · September 4, 2015

    i found your site randomly. you are a beautiful person and photographer. what kind of camera and lenses do you use? thank you! catherine in austin

    • katie · October 12, 2015

      Hi Catherine, I’m sorry for the late response. I’ve been a very unattentive blogger lately, and I actually stopped using this blog a while ago. I now blog at http://sharpandkeenphotography.com if you’d like to follow me over there. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words! I use a Canon 6D and either a 24-105 or a 50 1.4 lens.

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