Glacier National Park

Aug 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures
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This blog is about Glacier NP but before we get there, it all begins in Idaho. My good friend Donna (see Cambodia/Thailand Trip) owns a cabin on Lake Pend Oreille and invited me up for her 5 for 5 swim to raise money for the Aogaah Foundation in Cambodia. Their goal (Donna and Kate) was to swim the 5.3 miles from Kilroy Bay to Garfield Bay. Here is a view of the lake. They basically started on the far side and swam to this side of the lake. It took them about 4 hours.

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Since I sink instead of swim (and could never ever imagine swimming more than 100 feet) I was the official photographer for the event. Kate and Donna successfully completed the swim. If you want more details about it please check out Donna’s blog Donnagee.

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The day after the swim I borrowed Kate & Steve’s truck and headed to Glacier National Park. One of my bucket list goals it to visit all the U.S. National Parks. This was going to be my 29th park. Click here for more detailed information on Glacier NP.

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Donna & Greg made sure I was well prepared for my Glacier adventure. They gave me the mom & pop spiel about grizzlies and armed me with their never-used bear spray.
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The ride to Glacier was fantastic. The weather was perfect. Donna told me to stop at Kootenai Falls between Troy and Libby. Here are a few pics from that quick stop.

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I got to Glacier and decided to do the popular Highline trail. This trail begins at Logan Pass and just under 12 miles later ends at the Sun Road Loop.
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The Highline trail was AMAZING. If you go to Glacier I highly recommend this hike. It took me about 5 hours to complete. Here is a video taken about halfway.

Here are pictures of the hike, wildlife, and flowers. Everything was blooming. August is a great time to visit the park.

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In the end I was totally exhausted. I can honestly say I wasn’t in the best hiking shape when I began this journey but I’m glad I did it. Also, I have a huge hike coming up in September. I am doing the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim hike for the first time. I better get in shape for that 21 miler…specially since we go rim-to-rim back for a total of 42 miles for the weekend! Stay tuned for that blog!

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  1. This is indeed a beautiful area, Sian. We’ve been through there many times but have never ventured too far off the parking lot. We had other responsibilities at the time.

  2. Spectacular!

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