American West Adventure – Day 10
This morning we went out in front of the Many Glacier Hotel to start our boat rides across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine to start our hike to Grinnell Lake. The kids were fighting over little stuff, but after 10 days in each other’s space and no break I give them credit, they did pretty well!
It was a nice morning. The water is turquoise in these lakes and I was looking forward to a nice hike. The guide was a retired Biology teacher who used to come visit the Glaciers every year, then turned it into a way of life after he retired. He went on daily hikes once the snow melted and loved to teach adults and kids about the trees and plants, the water and its inhabitants, the changing Glacier environment, the wildlife and more. He was pretty funny and knowledgable and the kids gravitated towards him.
There was a swinging bridge that the kids had to cross and they thought it was such a cool part of this adventure! We finally made it to Grinnell Lake. Although the Grinnell Glacier view down to Grinnell Lake (google it online) cannot be matched, it was very pretty and the kids did a great job on this trek and all the rest. Having the Camelbaks made a huge difference, but I never heard on this vacation “I don’t want to do that”. Maybe it was all the candy I bought them 🙂
After we finished the hike, we headed further West across Going-To-the-Sun Road and were lucky to get a spot out by Avalanche to enjoy the Trail of the Cedars. The kids wanted to to this kinda quick, as they wanted to get out and do something on one of the lakes again, so I took us through it fast. It was interesting checking out these tall trees, although I’ve already been thinking about the Redwoods and Sequoias out in California – that’s for another time and year!
We checked into Lake McDonald Lodge and headed into our room. We knew the lodging here would be more rustic. We were used to no AC, TV, internet and cell phones but here we had a shared bathroom with other boarders so I just wanted to make sure the kids had privacy with showers and using the bathroom. It turns it Snyder Hall is a redone recreation hall for the Lodge and it is very homey downstairs with a shared living room with tea, tables and love seats, as well as all real hardwood floors, railings and everything looked very old fashioned but very nice. We didn’t see other boarders which is typical in Glacier and Yellowstone as everyone is out and about all day and evening.
Our room was right a creek off the lake and we walked along it to Lake McDonald and played in the water. The kids were having a blast. Brandon made some kind of design in the sand out of a bunch of large rocks and Sofia had fun swimming around.
From Sofia: I liked when I walked on the rocks but then I fell because one rock was really slippery. Then I went deeper and I was going under the water and falling backwards and splashing. It was fun!
After showering, we headed down to the 1st floor of our shared cabin and Sofia was reading to Brandon and me. Then we got a game of War going for awhile and were talking to another nice family. They were from Toronto and we compared notes on Glacier and they had a great time as well. Then off to bed where it turns out Brandon had difficulty with the type of ladder on the bunk bed and we all were cracking up watching him try to get down. It happened again the following morning and I’ll post a funny video of it tomorrow 🙂
I haven’t written this up until now but while Sofia, Brandon and I had an outstanding and memorable trip to these parks we definitely missed the rest of our family. The few times we were able to get phone service and speak to them the kids’ faces lit up talking to their little sisters and mama. By the next morning we were ready to start heading for home and give everyone lots of hugs!
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