Friday, August 19, 2011

Some Teaser Views of Glacier National Park

We didn't even get very far down Going-To-The-Sun Road, hereafter referred to as "Sun Road" for obvious reasons (!) before seeing some nice big pullouts along the road. We probably went only about five miles total and saw all this fantastic scenery in that short drive....a rushing river referred to as Upper McDonald Creek coming out of Lake McDonald that was the most beautiful blue/green color, I guess from the composition of the rocks in the river bed, they were a steel gray blue/green as well, and some were a rust colored red. Upper McDonald Creek is the largest of the many streams in the park.

Beautiful rock with all kinds of colorful striations and swirls in it....

There was a big stone bridge over the river that we crossed over and went to the other side to explore the rocky path along the river.....

The views of the mountains and waterfalls were wonderful along the river.....

After we started driving back, we stopped off at Avalanche Creek and picked up the boardwalk trail, Trail of the Cedars--a 0.7 mile hike past the Avalanche Gorge. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible and was through heavily forested, massive, centuries old western red cedar.

And then we saw Avalanche Gorge--WOW! The torrent of water thundered through this narrow chasm! You can't tell by the photo how hard and how fast this water is moving, nor how loud it was. I can't imagine what it's like earlier in the spring when the snow melts!

On our way back to the parking lot, we passed through a campground parking lot and this is the sign we saw several times in the park today....We've been reading about bears, what to do, how to react, more about that in another blog.....

And to think this is only our first day at Glacier National Park! Can't wait to see what we are going to see in the next few days!


  1. I love watching and listening to fast moving waterfalls. Great pics, too!

  2. Oh boy! I can hardly wait. We'll be there on Thursday. Will you still be there?? We've worked out a route and are staying in West Glacier and checking out Apgar Campground's potential from there.

    You'll have buffalo jams in Yellowstone!!