We couldn't have asked for better weather for our 2- day window in Glacier NP! It was perfect!
This time we stayed on the East side, near St. Mary's Lake. We had a good view of the lake and the mountains beyond. Not that it mattered much, during the daylight hours we were exploring the park.
We stopped at the Visitor's Center and saw that they had sun viewing scopes set up on the porch. We were able to see a sun spot (we really think it was a speck of dust on the lens) and a solar prominence (we think that is what is was.) It looks like someone took a smudge tool to the edge of the sun and smeared it outward a bit. We saw it clearly and it was pretty cool! The Astronomers said they would be back that night for a star viewing. We decided to attend.
The star viewing was a bit colder than the sun viewing. Though we shivered a bit, it was interesting hearing about the celestial bodies, reviewing constellations, and seeing nebulae, nurseries, and distant stars through the telescope. There were no clouds or moon and the Milky Way was brilliant. Even without the telescope, we were quiet taken by the stars. We learned a great deal, mostly that we need to learn more about the night sky and the majesty of the One who created it all!
We mainly came to Glacier NP to drive the Going to the Sun Road. We missed it on our last trip. Here are a few interesting facts:
The road is about 50 miles long and has a speed limit of 25 mph in most places. We were there at the end of the season and there were still many cars on the scenic drive. We can't imagine what it would be like during peak season. We drove the entire road twice which means we saw everything four times (up, back, up, back). Still, we didn't tire of the views. We were probably stopped a total of an hour each day for construction - the east side is being completely repaved. But construction delays were just opportunities to get more pictures.
Here are pictures ordered East to West (we hope.) St Mary's lake at the beginning of the drive.
This is a picture we took during one of the longer construction delays. Not a bad way to wait, eh?
This was taken just before Logan's Pass looking (back) east.
Since we were in Glacier NP, we had to get at least one glacier picture!
Hiking trail at Logan's Pass (highest point of the road) There were many options for hikes and walks. We chose some of the shorter walks: there was't time for much else. Susan suppressed the urge to sing "The hills are alive..." since Trey would rather not be noticed in that way. Although Trey often bursts into his own rendition of Do Re Me on occasion.
Looking West from Logan's Pass. You can see the road for many miles in the distance.
Fall colors were much more brilliant in person. Why can't the camera see what my eyes can?!?
In real life these trees were more yellow. Not sure why they look so green in the picture.
From about two thirds down the pass, you could see the stream that emptied into Lake McDonald on the west side.
Here we are at that stream. You can see the road in the distance on the side of the mountain.
Most of the streams have clear water and very colorful pebbles in them.
This river gave us such different things to see from each different viewpoint - each one beautiful and fascinating in its own way. So cool!
Near Lake McDonald, a black bear crossed the road right in front of us! We stopped and yielded right of way. He was in no hurry, neither were we.
Just after he walked into the brush (but still visible to us), a few cars came around the corner and passed by, totally unaware of what had just occurred. Makes us wonder how much we miss (both good and bad) as we live from moment to moment.
Like looking at specimens through a microscope, we are allowed only small glimpses of time and space. We are thankful for the slices of time (and people) we have been given. What must it be like to have vision unhindered by the constraint of time to see from an eternal perspective? Hopefully, we are learning to look this way despite the things that distract us. If the views through the dim glass illuminate such beauty, moreover, the beauty of the people we know and love, what wonders must await us when we will see clearly. What great hopes God gives to those who seek Him.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12