Putting our “hiking shoes” on, we headed out to see if we could come face to face with the big “Grizzzz”. Yesterday when we stopped by the ranger’s office, they gave us a list of the trails that we might want to explore and a list of “Do and Don’ts” while on the trails. For a while I was beginning to re-think our want to go exploring on their trails. Wellll, this morning we went for it. The sun was out, the temperature was just about perfect, and we were ready for those ole bears. As it was, all we saw were 4 deer, 6 ducks, and about 4 squirrels, and not one bear. Hell, we even walked about 5 miles and not one was seen? We really did enjoy the sights, and the trails were really well maintained. Our hike took us through the “Trail of the Cedars” and the “Avalanche Trail”. The Avalanche Trail led us back to a lake that sat at the bottom of this great series of snow covered mountains. As we looked up into the mountains, it reminded us of one of our campsites in Switzerland with 6 to 8 waterfalls falling hundreds of feet to the bottom…the sound took us back there immediately. Back here in the coach, we found ourselves sitting out side in our shorts and T-shirts kibitzing with some of the other RV’ers until well after 9 this evening. Hopefully, tomorrow will be more of the same, but the weatherman reports say it just might be different…we’ll see.
The weatherman came through for another day…we were off just after breakfast for another day of exploring Glacier National Park. Our hiking trail of choice was the Apgar Lookout. The trail sign told us that it was 3.3 miles and a rise of 1850 feet to the Lookout and again we should be on the look-out for Black and Grizzly Bears. The area that we hiked through had been badly burned in 2003, so there wasn’t much shade to protect us. The grade was OK at the beginning, but that soon soured. With the steeper climb and not being able to get out of the heat of the sun we had our hands full with a pretty tough hike for just over 3 hours to make the 3.3 miles to the Lookout. 3 hours up and 1:1/4 hours back…it was a hike !!!
Now our next-door neighbors went to East Glacier and on their hike they were able to see and take pictures of 2 Grizzlies and a Long Horn Sheep. Oh well, we’ve still got a few more hikes to make and who knows….