If you’ve visited any of the parks, you know what I mean. Some are easy to figure out–
When I visited Yosemite a couple of years ago, I was struck by the sweeping, almost romantic views of El Capitan and the Half Dome. Yosemite is a tender beauty, with meadows full of luscious wildflowers and grasses fed by spectacular waterfalls. She is California’s Golden Girl.
During a quick Yellowstone visit last year, I felt the raw, hot power of our planet’s core. Steaming geysers and boiling, pungent hot springs penetrate the earth’s crust as bison graze nearby, seemingly oblivious to the danger. Yellowstone is a Red-faced, Muscled Blacksmith, pounding away on his anvil.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
“See those people down there, Junior? Stay away from them, OK?”
The view across Lake Sherborne in the Many Glacier area
Don’t look down!
Wild Goose Island, St. Mary’s Lake
Cascades near the lodge at Many Glacier
Frigid glacial pools near Red Rock Point offer relief from the heat of the afternoon
…and an opportunity to fulfill a dare.
View from the Many Glacier Lodge across Lake Sherborne
Incredible sky near the Many Glaciers Lodge
View across Lake St. Mary’s
Well, I think Glacier is a Proud, Majestic Native American. He’s as strong as a huge mountain, thrives in freezing rivers and values the land in its rugged, natural state. His culture (and the glaciers) are threatened by the changes brought by modern man and his conveniences. We can see the glaciers melting right before our eyes and heard stories of the effect of the loss of the land on the local Native American population.
I’ve enjoyed our stay and wish we could stick around, but all the sites are reserved and the walk in sites at the other campgrounds at the park are hard to get.
Our campsite at St. Mary’s campground.
That’s a box to keep food away from the bears in front of the camper.
We’ve got many options that we’re thinking about, so the next post will be from a surprise location. One thing…it will have good Verizon coverage so Rob can work.
There are many other opportunities for great camping in Montana and we want to find at least one more!