A couple of weeks ago, my family and I had the chance to visit Glacier National Park. It is located in the state of Montana on the side of the US, and it borders Alberta and British Columbia provinces, on the side of Canada.
This national park is a wilderness with pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes.
During our visit, we stayed in a beautiful historic lodge, the Glacier Park Lodge, which was built more than a century ago. Stepping inside this establishment is like stepping back in time.
Rustic and yet classy, this retreat is located in such a beautiful place. Here it is in the early morning light (picture below).
One of the high points of the trip is driving through the Going-to-the-Sun road. This a scenic mountain road, that is quite narrow and winding, with hairpin turns, and precipitous drop. Driving through this road can be both exhilarating as well as frightening.
Here we are going around the mountain….
Through the mountain (via tunnel)……
Driving besides the river…..
And even driving under falls.
Besides driving around, we also took boat rides (both motorized and a row-boat) in its lakes. Here’s the boat we rode in this clear lake.
This park is named Glacier National Park due to its glaciers. A glacier is an extended mass of ice formed from snow falling and accumulating over the years and moving very slowly, either descending from high mountains, as in valley glaciers, or moving outward from centers of accumulation, as in continental glaciers.
Glacier National Park has 150 named glaciers in 1850, but was diminished to 26 in 2006 due to continued climate warming. Today, it only has 7 or 8 remaining, according to the experts. They may have to change the name of the park, when all the glaciers are gone.
Below is a view from the boat ride, with one of the remaining glaciers seen from a far.
Here I am standing at the bough of the boat, and channelling my Leonardio DiCaprio moment like in the film Titanic. “I’m the king of the world!”
We also did some no-sweat hikes. Here’s the view when we hiked down off the road into this mountain side.
We also hiked up and down this ski slope in our t-shirts, shorts and rubber shoes. Even though the hike up the snow is probably a quarter to a third of a mile, it was comfortable. Not hot nor cold. I don’t think we even broke a sweat climbing up this snow-covered hill (photo below).
When the snow melts, the water find its way to the rivers, falls, and lakes. Even though the lakes and the rivers seem inviting for a swim, they are icy cold.
Below is a photo after a climbed up a ledge near a raging river.
We also hiked to a nearby falls. Again, not a serious hike as it was less than a quarter-mile from the dock where the boat dropped us off.
Another highlight of the visit is seeing the sunset and sunrise with the play of light changing the colors of the mountains and the sky.
Here I am at the lake during sunrise. Of course I have to wear a colorful jacket too.
When not busy roaming around outside, we just cooled our heels in our beautiful retreat. And what did I do in my downtime when we were there? Blog, of course!
With a view like this, who would not be inspired to write? This is where I wrote my earlier post “Serendipity.”
I hope you can visit this place, before all the glaciers are gone. I know the subject of global warming is such a hot and debated topic, and I would leave the politics and the science of that to the experts. But I do hope that we as a human race, will be responsible enough to keep this world of ours as beautiful as it can be.
from Glacier National Park,
(*All photos in this post were taken with an iPhone. I am grateful to my “unofficial”photographers.)