A long day and well worth it....
Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
120Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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Rocky Mountain Goat
We stopped at MacDonald Lake and threw stones and discussed the formation of the lake due to historic glaciers. We then visited a gorge on MacDonald River which clearly fed into the lake and skipped the really flat stones at the river's edge and Eli and Lily were successfully getting up to 4 skips each! Then we fought the really dense traffic to the top of Logan Pass
When we arrived back at Logan Pass Visitor Centre and parking lot, there were a lot fewer cars and people so Tim and the kids went back to play some more in the snow. Tim thought he spotted a mountain goat at the top of the snow field (at least where the top appeared to be) so he made the 10 minute return trip to the car where Jess was trying to spot a goat on the opposite hillside, fetched the camera and headed back up to the top of the slope. He thought it was only a 10 minute walk to the top so he left Jess and the kids playing in the snow and up he went. However, as with many mountain tops and hillsides, there is always more around the next rise and so he kept climbing and walking in the wet and slushy snow on his pilgrimage to find a Rocky Mountain Goat. He kept walking, climbing, slipping in the snow and passing others as they struggled their way up the slippery, snowy slope. He kept thinking that he heard the whispered word of 'goat', so he kept walking. Finally, at the very top of the pass, more than a mile up the track, after passing over the top, walking through runoff water and wetting his socks and shoes thoroughly, passing an alpine tarn (a little lake at the top of the pass), then around the final bend and there were some goats. A male, a female and a kid!!!! The adults were clearly in the process of shedding their winter coats and looked a bit raggedy, but there they were!!!! It was a success and Tim, for one, was sure glad he had made the trip up
As fate, destiny and Murphy all work in concert, when we pulled out of Logan Pass and started to make our way back down through the construction zone and lines of traffic, we saw a nanny and kid lying in the snow, a male tucked up in a little rock shelter high above the valley floor and a younger female licking salt off the road all within 1 mile of the car park. But, good old Tim, if he hadn't of made his scramble to the top, the fates would not have decreed that all these other animals would have been so close to the road. We wormed our way back to the tent, arriving after 6pm, when we had always though that we would be home by 3, but fully satisfied with yet another action packed and throughly enjoyable day. We battled the mosquitoes through dinner, climbed into the tent and now we're waiting for the air to cool down enough to allow for a good night's sleep. Tomorrow we are off to Flathead Lake and a night with family friends; yippee for showers and beds!