Our time at Glacier finally came to an end and we are moving about a hour south to Swan Lake. Swan Lake area is beautiful with its large lake surrounded by mountains. Swan Lake campground is across the street from the lake and as camper we are given a pass to use the day-use area for boating and swimming. While Andrew and I found the water a little to cold for a dip, Ame enjoyed playing in it. She discovered buoys. Thinking they were balls, Ame tried to fetch each one and play tug-of-war with the rope. This week at Swan Lake was quite restful with a drive along the forest roads, a few trips into Kalispell for acupuncture and a lovely anniversary dinner in Bigfork.
After saying goodbye to the Weavers, Andrew, Ame and I packed up and headed over to the west side of Glacier National Park. We spent Saturday night parked at the bottom of Glacier in Devil’s Creek (part of Lewis & Clark National Forest). Then, on Sunday, we moved to our new home at Fish Creek Campgrounds located on Lake McDonald. While the west side seems to have less wildlife, we’ve had several visits from two deer, who tend to scavenge the campground.
We reserved two weeks at Fish Creek, so we could leisurely enjoy the park and work on a few Rosie projects. On Thursday we drove up to Bowman lake to enjoy a picnic. Along the route, we stopped in the small village of Polebridge. This small township seemed quite odd with its hostel, mercantile and half dozen residents; however, it was quite popular to passing tourists. Another day we extended our drive up to Kintla Lake, close to the Canadian border, to go kayaking. With a ban on motorized boat, this lake was the perfect setting for a serene boat ride along the lake. Finally, we made one more pass along the Going to the Sun Road. Andrew and I agreed that we were happy we first attempted the road when it first opened for the season. The amount of people on road has doubled within one week. Instead of driving to and fro on the same crowded road, we chose to drive to St. Mary’s area have a picnic , then continue to Cut Bank and Two Medicine. I have to admit that given another week, I would have considered staying down at Two Medicine campground. It seems so tranquil and off the beaten path.
For our first week at Glacier National Park, we were delighted to welcome our friends, the Weaver. Chris and Tashell flew up from hot and humid Florida to join us for a breathtaking adventure on the east side of Glacier.
For the first half of the week, the Hatfield/Weaver Clans hiked several trails along near St Mary’s and Many Glacier Visitor Centers. The hiking trips went to Victoria, St Mary’s and Redrock falls and Grinnel Lake. Along our routes, we had the opportunity to view lots of wildlife, including brown bear, moose, deer and the infamous ground squirrel. On Wednesday evening, we watched a dancing and singing performance by the Blackfeet tribe. Then, on Thursday, we celebrated the opening of the Going to the Road with a traditional drive across the pass. We finished off the week by celebrating the 4th of July by visiting Canada (what happens in Canada stays in…) before a great dinner at Two Sisters Cafe and a nice fire with S’mores!