Thursday, July 28, 2011

More Fun at Glacier National Park

After much huckleberry picking and a hike to Avalanche Lake with Alyssa in flip-flops (if you tell an 8 year-old to get in the truck NOW, she will, even if she doesn’t have the right shoes on for hiking four miles & you won’t notice because you’re too busy trying to get the other 3 kids in the truck, along with your water, lunch & snacks for the day)…the kids & I took a day to get reacquainted with some school, write postcards, clean the inside of the rv, etc., and Steve went on an 8 mile hike alone.  I think he needed that time to hike at his own speed, and the kids and I needed a down day. 
Avenue of the Cedars
Avalanche Lake
Avalanche River
We decided to spend the next day driving the Going to the Sun Road to hike in the snow to Hidden Lake, as well as go to St. Mary’s to hike to the falls.  A lot for one day, but we decided to combine them because the Going to the Sun Road is under a lot of construction, so the journey there is time consuming, a good hour and a half from our place. 

There was a slide right outside the Logan Pass visitor center
Snow fun.  Everybody against Dad.
The kids loved basking in the snow

This one deserved to get a snow shampoo

Love this shot, see the snowball in midair.

What a memorable & spectacular day for our family!  Not only did Jake’s first tooth make an appearance, but we had sooo much fun!  The kids had an absolute blast in the snow, as did Steve.  I shielded Jake from snowballs and really enjoyed watching them play & play!  The hike in the snow was actually quite challenging.  The snow was deep, the trail was a lot of uphill, and it was slippery, but it was beautiful & just fun to watch the girls romp around in the snow.  At the overlook to Hidden Lake, there were quite a few mountain goats up close, as well as one big horn ram up on the mountain side in the distance.  The girls played hard & hiked hard, and I was pleased that I managed to only slip & fall on my butt once since I was toting Jake on my front!

The trail was difficult
I see Glaciers.
Hidden Lake below, mostly snow covered
Hidden Lake Overlook

Friendly and curious mountain goats everywhere

Everyone was pretty whooped after hiking in the snow, but after water & snacks, we traiped off to St. Mary’s to hike to the falls.  At first, we were just going to hike to the first falls since it was late already  & we were tired, but everyone perked up & Genna even hiked all the way to the first falls, taking “pictures” with her rock-camera as she went.  Love, love her imagination!!  We did so well, we decided to continue on to the next set of falls, Virginia Falls.  Definitely an awesome hiking day because everyone did so well with so little complaining!  It was one long day though…I think we made it back to the rv around 10 pm, and we were all grateful that dinner was waiting for us in the crockpot! 

We were happy to stay put & take it easy for Steve’s 42nd birthday on Tuesday.  Definitely needed after our crazy fun hiking day on Monday and Jake’s super cranky day.  We made it out for huckleberry pie with huckleberry ice cream and huckleberry soda for dessert in honor of the birthday boy.  And to finish up our time here at Glacier, we headed back out for more huckleberry picking today…mosquitoes were awful but we still picked half a gallon of huckleberries.  We’ll definitely be making more huckleberry pancakes! 
Huckleberry Pie with Huckleberry Ice Cream, and Huckleberry Soda

Huckleberries, which only grow in the wild. 
Below are photos of Steve's solo hike to from the Loop to the Granite Park Chalet.  It was 8 miles round trip.  It included part of the long hike that he wanted to do.

This is the trail to Logan Pass that is closed due to snow. 

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