|Wild Goose Island, one of the most photographed spots in the park.|
|I really enjoy the use of native stone in the bridges and retaining walls. It makes them seem to fit into the natural landscape despite their being so obviously man-made.|
|St. Mary Waterfall|
|Going-to-the-Sun Road, complete with tunnel and Red Bus tour vehicle.|
We set up camp, had a early-afternoon-we're-on-vacation beer, and then decided to head out on a hike to Avalanche Lake.
The trail was through the woods and nice a cool in the afternoon. It followed along Avalanche Creek for a good distance. The way the water has carved through the place was pretty remarkable. We saw a family of mountain chickadees perched on a limb over the trail. The babies were loud and that is was brought the family to our attention. The chicks were just tiny little balls of fluff, nearly piled up on top of each other on the branch. The adult was busy keeping them all fed. It was quite a treat to get to watch them for a while.
|I loved all the round, semi-circles that had been carved into the rocks along the creek. So neat.|
|The view from the foot of Avalanche Lake.|
|The view from the head of Avalanche Lake.|
|The inlet stream where it joins Avalanche Lake.|
|Matt and Kjell enjoying a little sun and solitude. The inlet stream is visible beside them.|
|That water was AMAZING. What color and clarity!|
|A submerged tree, brought down by an avalanche for which the lake is named.|
A beautiful stellars jay captivated me for a long while as we sat on a jumble of fallen logs backed up at the foot of the lake. They're so pretty. And noisy. The beauty provided good entertainment while we waited for our feet to dry so we could slip our boots back on.
Furthur Megavacation a few year back. Even still, they are so impressive and majestic every time I get the chance to lay eyes on them. They are the redwoods of Montana. Almost equally impressive though were the black cottonwood trees. Both species are all so darn big that it seems unreal! Some of those trees have been growing since Mozart was still performing. But, more on that in the post for day five.
We then returned to camp for dinner and merriment around the campfire. We talked lots and lots since we had a lot of catching up to do with Kjell. Matt and I sang and strummed the guitar. We shared some beers and lots of laughter.