Montana

We’ve been meaning to visit Montana for a long time, years in fact. Eric and I love the mountains, I have family there we’re never visited, and frankly we’ve always wanted to see Glacier National Park.

Sitting here writing this is so hard, because in retrospect Montana is almostĀ impossible to describe. The pictures we took are really the only things that begin to do it justice, but even they seem to fall short. Our wide angle lens was never wide enough, the camera never captured the skies as blue as they were, and we never had enough time to take a picture of every amazing thing we saw.

It helped that my Aunt Brenda and Uncle Brian are longtime residents who were amazing hosts and guides! From the history of the area, to how to find the best huckleberries, they were SO helpful!

We stayed on the Whitefish Ski Resort where my uncle works, it was the perfect base for exploring Glacier National Park, while having the conveniences of Whitefish close-by.

Our first day at the Park we spent time in Two Medicine.

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It was a beautiful, but windy day!

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montana-016.jpgHuckleberries on the trail!

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montana-025.jpgOn Tuesday Eric and I ventured back out to the Many Glacier area, we left early because it was a two and a half hour drive from where we were staying. On the way we drove through vast plains punctuated only by the snowy peaks in the distance.

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montana-028.jpgmontana-059.jpgAfter many miles of wide open spaces we caught our first glimpse of Many Glacier. It was incredible.

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montana-031.jpgOur major goal was to reach Grinnell Lake. For the first leg of our journey, we opted to take the two boat rides from Many Glacier Hotel, one across Swift Current Lake, and the other across Lake Josephine.

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montana-037.jpgFrom there, it was an easy hike back to Grinnell Lake.

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montana-040.jpgIn the shade, the vegetation was still covered in frost.

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montana-044.jpgBefore we knew it, we found the lake. Only about half mile across, and a half mile long, it shines turquoise in the sun light. We stopped for picnic, and it wasn’t long before we had the lake to ourselves. The only sounds were the occasional waterfowl, and the rush of Grinnell Falls.

In contrast to Two Medicine, the wind was perfectly still, and the water was like glass.

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montana-053.jpgThe boat back was full, so we hiked another easy 2.2 miles back to the Many Glacier Hotel, and on the way, saw two moose!

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montana-058.jpgThese are just the days we spent in Glacier, we had a lot of fun in and around the resort as well. For the most part we had excellent weather that was pretty similar to late fall in Virginia. Being back home is bittersweet, I wish we had more time to explore, but I know it would take a lifetime to see everything in that little corner of Montana. At the same time I feel very privileged and awed to have seen what we did. If you’re debating going, stop. Just go, it will be one of the best things you will ever do.