Summer vacation is a Big Deal in our family. Throughout my childhood my family went on a three week camping trip each summer (to the same lake), our extended family came too and usually some friends would come visit as well. When S and I met he was quickly brought on board with the ritual that is The Summer Camping Trip. This was a must, no exceptions allowed. We have our own ritual that allows us to indulge our love of exploring new places with our need for tradition - we go on a 10 day camping trip which usually involves at least one new place and also usually manages to include a visit to a well-loved favourite. This year we decided to go through Idaho (new to us) to Glacier National Park in Montana (S and I were there 20 years ago but on the eastern side of the park). We camped on the west side of the park this time by Lake McDonald and Loved it.
Going-to-the-Sun road was closed for the season and we weren't able to drive it, S has been wanting to see it ever since and he finally got to...it was worth the wait.
I thought these tour buses were beautiful.
E spotted this guy on one of our hikes. He always seem to see things that just blend right in for the rest of us.
We walked through rapidly melting snow and fields of glacier lilies on our way up to
There was wildlife everywhere...and I do mean everywhere.
When we first started this hike I was scanning the ridges hoping to see a moving speck of white - a Mountain Goat at a distance - it wasn't long before Mountain Goats started wandering in our path. So cool. I had no idea we'd get to see them so closely.
On the way down this mama marmot seemed quite intent on watching me, I was on a little bridge and she wanted to cross it to get to her babes. I had to move and then she ran under the bridge and up the rocks to her babies.
We also have a new favourite family hike. More about that later but for now there is a small mountain of laundry to do. ;-)