Day 34/35 - Two Medicine, Glacier National Park

Trip Start Jun 10, 2013
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Trip End Jul 21, 2013


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013



Worried that everyone else at the private campground we
stayed at might also have the same agenda of getting up early & getting a
site at Two Medicine, we set our alarm early & broke down camp relatively
quickly (I'm starting to get good at this ;)) that morning. Breakfast on the go
is always fun, Blake made us some awesome sandwiches: peanut butter, jelly
& banana for him and peanut butter & apple slices for me. We arrived at
Two Medicine and got, what we both thought, the best site at the campground.
The site was big enough for an RV which gave our little tent & Honda Accord
lots of space and we were right across from Two Medicine Lake and Rising Wolf
Mountain.

 

After picking up some supplies in town we took a trip to the
south shore trail head next to our campground which takes you to a spot called
Paradise Point on another part of the lake. The trail lead us through a forest
which then opened up to a beautiful wildflower meadow with a stream running
through it. We were graced with purples, reds, oranges, yellows and white
flowers all around us. There were butterflies fluttering around like little
fairies and reminded me somewhat of the movie Fern Gully, if anyone remembers
that one! The trail followed the stream which emptied into the lake on a beach.
There were little fish in the stream and we noticed they were jumping out of
the water to catch insects. The point is surrounded by glacier peaked mountains
and the water as blue & clear as can be. The days are nice & long in
the northwest with the sun not setting until nearly 10pm.

 

We ended the night with a campfire grilled veggie spaghetti
dinner (my specialty these days). Blake and I brought a couple of local brewed
scotch ales called Cold Smoke down to the lake for a nice evening stroll. We
sat down at the beach for a while admiring the billions of stars and bright
yellow crescent moon. To our surprise, we noticed the moon was actually setting
and we watched it melt into one of the mountain sides. It was pretty magical
and something neither one of us has ever seen.

 

The next morning we had breakfast and walked around our
campground trails to see more of the lake and our surroundings. We spotted what
we think was a mother grouse and two babies right off the trail near a stream.
I know I sound like a broken record, but the lakes are all crystal clear
glacier water and you can see straight to the bottom and all the different
colored rock, it is so beautiful. Two Medicine is located on the east side of
the park and is one of the most popular areas. All sorts of trails start there
and can take you on hikes as long as 10 miles into other areas of the park. Every
trail head has warnings of the wild animals in the area, mostly grizzly bear &
mountain lion warnings. The signs give instructions on what to do if confronted
with one of these animals and highly recommend carrying bear spray. All of the
backpackers we saw on the trails were carrying bear spray and had bells on
their walking sticks so any creatures along the trail would know they were
coming.

 

We had lunch in town at a local place called Luna’s which
had free wifi and the "best huckleberry pie in the Lunaverse" ;) Huckleberries
are extremely popular around Glacier National Park. They only grow in subalpine
areas and are similar to a blueberry. They make huckleberry jams, syrups,
vinaigrettes, ice cream, pies, granola, etc. Everything is huckleberry flavored
here! But it’s delicious. We updated our blog from there so we could keep up
with all of you!

 

With such a big lunch we decided we should walk it off so we
stopped at Running Eagle Falls which is one of the first hikes within Two
Medicine. This was a short trail that followed a river up to a massive
waterfall that was literally pounding through a chute carved in the mountain.
We couldn’t even tell where the water was coming from up above! It is hard to
describe so you will just have to see for yourselves in the pictures. There
were massive boulders to climb all over which I took full advantage of. I even
walked through the river, just up to my ankles, for maybe 20 seconds and my feet
went completely numb, so so cold! A few dark clouds started to roll in and with
Glacier National Park weather being pretty unpredictable we decided it was time
to get back to camp.

 

Our luck won again and it did not rain. We walked back down
to the lake and got some eery night shots of the clouds hovering over the lake
and mountains. No stars or moon setting that night but we burned the rest of
our firewood and called it an early night. It gets pretty chilly at night, in
the 40’s. This is the furthest north we’ve been on our entire trip (one sign
said we were 38 miles from the Canadian border) and definitely the coldest
weather we’ve experienced yet, although Oregon would be a close second. During
the day it was nice & sunny though. We have definitely still been blessed
with great weather once again. 

Lots of pictures to share with you on this post because it is extremely difficult narrowing down to just a few with all the sheer beauty of Glacier National Park. There is also a video you should check out :) XOXO

 

 

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