Glacier National Park

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St Mary Falls

St Mary Falls

We left Waterton NP happy that we were able to do the Crypt Lake trail.  We made it to Kalispel, just outside of Glacier, on Saturday afternoon and spent the day getting supplies and set up for Luke’s visit. He arrived safely at about midnight, after a long day with 3 flights.  We stayed up late chatting and catching up, going to bed around 2 AM Mountain Time.  Our first day was spent chillin’ around the campground and relaxing.  The next day we set out into the park on the motorcycles to ride the “Road to the Sun” road.  It would have been a better ride without the traffic and construction, however the views were outstanding. After making our way to the other side of the park we decided to take a walk/hike to several falls we had read about. We parked at Sun Point and made our way to Baring Falls, St. Mary Falls, and Virgina Falls.

Fun in the St Mary River

Fun in the St Mary River

Each of the falls were  more impressive than the last.  The intense blue of the rushing water at St. Mary Falls beckoned for you to jump in.  While working our way up to Virginia Falls there were several great “mini” falls, swimming holes, and jumping spots along the river.  We stopped to watch a family cheer on their kids as they jumped from a rock cliff into the ice cold water.

Virginia Falls

Virginia Falls

When we finally made it to Virginia Falls, we were pleasently surprised to be the only ones there.  We took a bunch of pictures and enjoyed a snack along the rocks as we listened to the water roar.

Luke, How do you feel after your first hike?

Luke, How do you feel after your first hike?

We didn’t set out to kill the boy, but after about 6 miles this is what he looked like.  As much as his butt hurt from riding on the back of Chris’s motorcycle, he couldn’t wait to get back on. It was a long day and by the time we got home we were all pretty pooped.

Bowman Lake

Bowman Lake

The next day, we opted for an “auto tour”, so Luke could rest up.  We headed for some less traveled areas of the park and stopped at Bowman Lake for a little while. The views were quite enjoyable, however the bugs started to carry us away. 

Luke is so sad rain canceled our second hike

Luke is so sad rain canceled our second hike

On Wednesday the plan was to tackle an 11.6 mile hike from Logan Pass along the Highline trail and back to our car via the Loop trail. When we woke up it was pretty gray and threatening.  Having fought the weather before, we packed for a day on the trail, ready for anything.  As we drove into the park it got worse and worse.  We stayed positive and grabbed a shuttle from the parking lot at the Loop trailhead up to Logan Pass.  The higher we got, the colder, cloudier, rainier, etc… the weather got.  When we stepped off the shuttle it started to pour and we couldn’t see 20 feet through the clouds (which we were in).  We tried to wait it out, but after 30 minutes we gave up and grabbed a shuttle back to the car with our tail between our legs after an unsuccessful attempt.  As you can see Luke was VERY disappointed about this.

Rain forced us to Plan B

Rain forced us to Plan B

Alright, back up plan. We had seen advertisements about “The House of Mystery”, a location known for having a vortex(s) causing weird things to happen on the property.  Both Chris and Luke had heard about it before and even saw/read about it.  We were all pretty skeptical and looked at it as just another tourist trap but what did we have to lose, it was raining and miserable outside, why not check it out.

Kim takes a snooze in the vortex

Kim takes a snooze in the vortex

After walking through some woods with crooked trees (of course caused by the pull from the vortex…) we happened upon, you got it, THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY. This house was mysteriously off camber(actually, it looks like it just slid off the side of the hill), allowing you to enjoy some play with gravitational forces (oh, we mean the vortex(s)).

The Vortex pops out an evil head from Chris' shoulder

The Vortex pops out an evil head from Chris' shoulder

We had fun trying to capture the moment. Is it real or is it memorex?

From there we headed home to watch some movies hoping the weather would break.

6 Responses to “Glacier National Park”

  1. stephanie komarek says:

    It looks like you captured several “moments”. One reminds me of a particular swimming hole in Harriman.

    • admin says:

      Hey Steph,

      Looks like you found some time later in the day to check out the post. It was great catching up this morning. I sent you an email, hope you got it. Ah… Harriman, that brings back some memories. And yes… there have been several moments 🙂

  2. lindsay says:

    hey guys that house of mystery thing looks so cool and the pics are pretty amazing you will have to tell me about it some time!
    love you guys!

    • admin says:

      Hey Lins,

      Nice to hear from you. The HOM was very “goofy”. We had fun but didn’t think it was very mysterious… It was a good way to spend some time on a rainy day. Hope you are having fun getting your last licks at summer.

      Love ya!

  3. The Nichols says:

    With September quickly approaching I’m guessing the North Eastward leg of your epic journey will begin soon. Going to Yellowstone & the Bad Lands on the way back?
    Also wanted to offer any assistance you might need in preping your place for your arrival home. The job offers me a lot of free time especialy after school starts for the kids. What is your projected return date?

    • admin says:

      Hey Scott,

      Yup, heading to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons tomorrow then most likely the Bad Lands and Mt Rushmore. Not sure where from there yet. Will be home in the beginning of October. Since I am not sure what I am in for with the house, I will give you a shout if I need anything. At the very least we will have to get together for a motorcycle ride before the snow flies. Good to hear from you hope the family is all good.

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