August 19th - we're on the 54th day of our adventure as we roll into Waterton National Park. Located in Alberta, this is the Canadian side of the Glacier National Park, sharing borders with Montana and British Columbia. We thought we'd stay here a few days to do some light hiking, lake fishing, and ease out a little before heading on to Glacier National Park. Well, we did the "ease out" part but the rest was restricted by the weather. We hit 3 solid days of rain -- misty mornings, just enough of a somewhat clear window to get in a short hike each day, then a downpour.
Here's about all we saw of Waterton (excluding bars and eateries).
THE FAMOUS PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL - BEST "HIGH TEA" IN TOWN FOR SURE.
THEY HAVE A PROTECTED BUFFALO HERD, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE PRETTY EASY TO SPOT.
CAMERON LAKE. WE GOT IN A GOOD HIKE AROUND AND OVER TO THE GLACIER WALL. SIGHTINGS OF BEAR CUBS ADDED SOME TENSION!
RED CANYON. THIS IS A GIGANTIC GEOLOGICAL FORMATION WITH SEVERAL OFFSHOOT HIKES TO WATERFALLS.
STEVEN GOT THIS ADORABLE CHIPPY SHOT
Next, we headed off to Glacier National Park. We had talked for days about our strategy for driving the famed Going-To-The-Sun road, on National Geographic's "10 top drives" list. All for naught. It continued to rain. We opted to hop onto the free shuttle rather than risk driving the steep and heavily switch-backed road in the fog. The Pass was fogged in. We didn't see much.
Day 2 we did an excellent low-level hike to the basin of one of the glaciers, met some nice folks, saw our bear, had a picnic lunch at the glacier lake, and got back to our car just before the rain started again. Another break in the weather - we headed off to fish. The rains started again, and we gave up all hope of seeing the top of the park or doing any of the interior hikes.
It just means we'll have to come back.
AVALANCHE CREEK BELOW BEARHAT MT (8600). THE SPERRY GLACIER IS AT THE TOP BEHIND THE MIST AND CLOUDS.
NICE LUNCH SPOT
STEVEN, UNDAUNTED, FISHING AT LAKE MCDONALD IN THE RAIN.
COLD ENOUGH TO START THE FIREPLACE!
IF YOU CAN'T HIKE, FISH, OR BIKE, YOU MIGHT AS WELL DRINK. THAT'S OUR MOTTO.
SNOW IS ON THE MOUNTAIN TOPS. IT'S 36F. IT'S TIME TO HEAD BACK TO SUNNY CALIFORNIA.
HEADING THROUGH MONTANA. THINGS ARE LOOKING UP.
THAT'S IT. I'M DONE!
HOME. WE'VE COME UNDONE
during which we did…
83 miles on bikes
80 miles on hiking trails
8 rounds of golf
5 fishing attempts
and took 2792 photos
good to be home
bette & steven