East Glacier

Since we couldn’t take the Going to the Sun Road because it was too early in the season, we had to go the long way to East Glacier. Luckily, it’s an incredibly scenic long way, and we did see a jack-knifed semi and a truck who had run off the road into a pond. It was all worth it, though, when we saw this:

1_Road-Into-East-Glacier

2_View-Visitor-Center

We stopped off at the ranger station, so the kids could become junior rangers,to get some info on hikes in the area, and to eat our packed lunch.

3_Junior-Rangers

Peter loves his Uncle Mikey and wanted to do everything he did.

Peter loves his Uncle Mikey and wanted to do everything he did.

The rangers told us about a pretty easy hike to a waterfall, so we headed up the mountain. And yeah, it looked like this.

5_Driving-in-East-Glacier

6_Wild-Goose-Island-Glacier

17_St-Mary-Lake-Glacier

Now I’m not really one for hiking, so I started on this hike with some trepidation. Sure, it was pretty easy at first… all downhill, but I knew that meant the way back would be up hill. But I couldn’t dwell on it too much because I was surrounded by mountain peaks and wildflowers. I guess hiking isn’t that bad.

7_Wildflowers-peaks-Glacier

8_Orange-wildflower

9_Mossy-hiker

Our reward at the end was St. Mary’s Falls. We climbed on the rock for a snack and just enjoyed the view for a while until we headed back.

10_St-Mary-Waterfall-Glacier

11_Izzy-Liam-Penny-waterfall

12_Family-at-St-Mary-Waterfall

13_Me-at-Waterfall

14_Matt-Izzy-and-Family

15_Peter-Lucy-Mountains

16_Peter-and-Liam

After the hike, we drove up to Swiftcurrent Lake and Many Glaciers. It was much windier and colder up there, but no less inspiring.

18_Tiny-People-Glacier

19_Swiftcurrent-Lake-Many-Glaciers

20_Mike-and-Amandas-Family

21_Stairs-Many-Glacier-Hotel

22_Many-Glaciers

23_Family-at-Many-Glaciers

24_Mike-and-Amanda

25_sisters

26_Lucy-Many-Glaciers

It was a little rainy on the ride home, but it just made the drive even more beautiful.

27_Glacier-Valley

28_shining-waters

And a double rainbow is always a good sign.

29_Double-Rainbow-Glacier

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One comment

  1. alison · June 28, 2013

    Such beautiful photos, Katie! I especially love the one of you and Amanda and the one of Peter and Uncle Mikey. My family went to Glacier probably 20 years ago (are we really getting that old??) and it still looks as magical in your pictures as it does in my memories.

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