Sunday 6/28 we decided would be a great day for another road trip to see what else of interest might lie around the outskirts of Glacier, so after our morning routine and packing a good lunch we jumped in the Jeep and headed out.
We took highway 2 around the southern perimeter of the park and worked our way towards Two Medicine Valley. Once there our first stop was the trailhead to St. Mary Falls.
A nice easy walk took us across a small foot bridge and to the falls. Once we took the trail to the observation deck and even a bit further we could feel a nice mist coming off he falls that felt pretty darn god on a hot day.
After the falls we drove to Two Medicine Chalet. Two Medicine Chalet, also called Two Medicine Lodge was one of the semi-rustic backcountry vacation destinations developed by the Great Northern Railway to promote passenger service to Glacier National Park. Now it’s a small camp store.
We walked around for a bit by the Chalet taking in the views before moving on to another trailhead. We took another short and decided because the temps were reaching 100 degrees we would continue on to the east entrance of the park and head for higher ground!!
Unfortunately there has been a bunch of road construction on the east side of the park and almost all of the turnouts and parking areas for trailheads have been closed during our stay but I think we like the west side of the park the most anyway, but still it’s a bummer.
Once through all of the construction we made our way to Logan Pass and after some driving in circles looking for a parking spot we got lucky and one opened up. After parking we grabbed our cooler and found a nice spot to sit and have our lunch while we watched a couple longhorns dazzle us with their agility way up on the ledges of the nearby mountain. They were just close enough to watch with the naked eye but I didn’t have my telephoto lens with me so no pictures I’m afraid.
After lunch we found a nice mellow trail to hike that took us to yet another waterfall. One thing we love so much about this park is that almost anywhere you are you either hear or see water, and it’s so peaceful. Unless there is a crazy deer hanging around LOL!!
During that hike I noticed Diane acting funny!!! I thought to myself “what the heck, did she step in a bee’s nest or is she in need of oxygen!!”
But as it turned out she was just loving life. How can you blame her in a place as beautiful as this? Like our good friend Coleen said after seeing the pictures, YOU GO GIRL!!!
It was also about 75 degree’s at Logan Pass compared to the much higher temps below so we enjoyed it all the more just knowing that.
After our short hike we loaded in the Jeep and started a nice slow decent back towards home but first we stopped at one more trailhead for just one more short hike at the Trail of the Cedars. It was a very easy walk/hike but it was at the bottom of the mountain so it was pretty darn warm and no breeze. By the time we finished it I was ready to call it a day.
We will say one thing for the record, even though it was a nice mellow route we took today it sure was a long one. I think once we got home we had logged about 175 miles for the day. Between the long drive and the hikes it was a long day. The next time we are in the area I think we will probably not take that route again even though the lake was very nice.
It was still around 90 degree’s by the time we got home so we drug ourselves inside, cranked up the AC and chilled the rest of the evening. I think we were in bed by 9:30 LOL!!! Another good day.
I don’t know that we really had any plans for our last day in Columbia Falls but as it turned out we slept in a little longer than normal and continued the slow approach to the day until we decided we would just take care of some household chores and take it easy, which we did until about 3 when we went into town for a late lunch / early dinner. That’s ok, I think we did as much as we planned to do in the area and maybe a little more. But there is plenty more that we didn’t do to justify another visit some time in the future.
But like sand through an hour glass our time here at Glacier has come to an end and it’s time to lift our jacks and move on. Yup, Tuesday 6/30 we will be heading to a new location where we will hold up through the 4th of July holiday.