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:
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.
The rangers told us about a pretty easy hike to a waterfall, so we headed up the mountain. And yeah, it looked like this.
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.
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.
After the hike, we drove up to Swiftcurrent Lake and Many Glaciers. It was much windier and colder up there, but no less inspiring.
It was a little rainy on the ride home, but it just made the drive even more beautiful.
And a double rainbow is always a good sign.