Glacier… The Rainy Season

Luke misses his spare

Luke misses his spare

On Wednesday of Luke’s visit it started raining and basically didn’t stop until he left on Monday. We considered flying Kim’s dad back out since he had such good weather karma.  Even though the weather didn’t cooperate we found things to occupy our time.  We had a lot of fun playing Wii, especially when Kim wasn’t a sore loser. We also frequented the movie theater in town.  They now consider us regulars and call us by name.

Hey look, it's not raining

Hey look, it's not raining

We tried to make the most of the times when the clouds parted and even fit in a campfire one night.  Luke made some killer pie iron sandwiches.  On several of the days the sun peaked through the clouds in the morning and the day looked promising. We would set out into the park for a hike, but to no avail.  We tried to do the Highline trail once again, only to be rained out after getting to the trailhead (which we couldn’t see, as the mountains were socked in with fog and rumours of recent snow). The good part about all of our trips into the park was the huckleberry milkshake joint we found and had to pass every time on our way home, yum!

Birds nest on Hungry Horse Reservoir

Birds nest on Hungry Horse Reservoir

The day before Luke left, the skies looked promising once again.  We decided to check out the Hungry Horse Reservoir and the Jewel Basin.  Our hope was to hike into one of the many lakes in that area.  It started off pretty good, however every time we went to get out of the truck for a hike, it started to rain… We enjoyed our car touring and even gathered some firewood in the National Forest.  We had a great time regardless of the rain and enjoyed having Luke visit.

What is the opposite of cubicle?

What is the opposite of cubicle?

Of course, the day after Luke left the sun came out. Rumor has it that  it rained in Webster… We finally made it to the Highline trail, which didn’t disappoint.  The trail runs just under the Continental Divide and offered great views the whole way.

Wildflowers on the Highline Trail

Wildflowers on the Highline Trail

Although it was a bit past peak, the wildflowers were very pretty adding color to the day.

Brave marmot

Brave marmot

There was a great deal of wildlife.  We saw several marmots who had no problem coming right up to us on the trail.

Braver bighorn sheep

Braver bighorn sheep

We thought the marmots were bold… We finally saw tons of male Big Horn Sheep who were enjoying grazing on the fauna.  They had no problem using the trail for themselves and would even block our way on occasion.  One time we had to head up the rocks to go around them as they wouldn’t move.  It was quite intimidating having a huge Big Horn stare you in the eyes from a few feet away.

Still finding snow on our hikes

Still finding snow on our hikes

Even in August we still found snow on the trail.

Grinnell Glacier

Grinnell Glacier

Since we are gluttons for punishment, we decided to add another 1.2 miles roundtrip to our already 11.6 mile hike.  Not only was it added mileage, it was a 900 foot elevation gain.  The view was worth it.  The peak of this spur trail sits right on the Continental Divide and looks down onto the Grinnell Glacier.  This, almost 13 mile hike, was the longest of the trip so far.  We were pretty pooped when we were done, but happy to have finally been able to do it.  3 times is a charm…  Tomorrow it’s off to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.

2 Responses to “Glacier… The Rainy Season”

  1. Astro says:

    Hey guys – looks like you’re having one heck of a time. 🙂 Love the big horn – reminds me of the story of “3 Billy Goats Gruff”. Ha Ha. So the news (no pun intended) on the home front – we now have a floor in the cabin ( Oh happy day!) and the plumbing and electrical passed inspection. I can finally get my toilet! Eeek! Next week we get our new green tin roof and a new porch – “tin roof rusted” God Love the B-52s. Anywhooo, that’s the scoop. Sammy experienced Sea Breeze for the first time with her friend Maggie and they loved it, as did we. The Jack Rabbit totally still rocks! Metaphorically speaking. Celebrated Stephens 45th B-day today, I think he forgot how old he is. Too bad must kinda suck that he’s not still in his 30s. Ahem…..One more year, yeah, I know. 🙂 Miss you tons and can’t wait till you get home! Just a couple more weeks now – yeeehaa!
    Love you tons – SAMSA

    • admin says:

      Hi SAMSA,

      Please wish Stephen a Happy B-day. I thought it was his birthday. 45 WOW, glad we’re not that old 🙂 Sounds like the cottage is finally coming together that has too feel good. Haven’t been to Sea Breeze in a while, nice to know the Jack Rabbit is still hopping… Miss you guys too. Hard to believe ther is only about 5 more weeks… Hope you have been enjoying your summer. Looking forward to a night at the cottage when we return.

      Love you guys…

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