Glacier Park, Wild, Challenging, Drop-dead Gorgeous, land of my dreams. Since I have been to Glacier before, I had a list of uncompleted hikes and unfulfilled destinations. My first trip was marred by poor weather as it rained steadily every day. Years later, I came with young children so hikes were limited by hikes accommodating short legs and views from visitor centers. I could feel the anticipation build as we drove to the Many Glaciers Campground to set up a base camp which contained several possible hikes and adventures...
The nearby Swift Current lake also provided a sheltered pristine kayak destination with a nearby boat launch for exploring by kayak.
After a visit with ranger I selected Iceberg Lake as the hike I most wanted to complete. A challenging 10 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 1,100. Though much longer than any previous hike this year (prior distance a mere 3 mile round trip hike), the reward of seeing a lake with icebergs floating was tantalizing and provided the incentive to push my comfort zones to view new horizons.
I still had serious doubts about my ability to complete the hike but knew it was a worthy destination. As my desired hike leaves from the visitor center parking lot, we were positioned to hike directly from camp and had developed a strategic plan, turning in early for the hike.
While I have not been known for bird photos....once in a while I am privileged to snap a treasured photo.
At moments I feel like we are all alone in God's great wonderland. At other times, I feel transported to a busy intersection where I am the geriatric crossing guard with swarms of hikers passing by.
I am grateful for the moments of rest then pressing steadily toward my goal.
In planning for this hike, I attached a inflatable backpacking pad to my day pack. I spent nearly an hour resting before the hike back down the mountains. I can't imagine a more beautiful view!
My fascination with the colors and variety of the Montana rocks is present everywhere I look. And it is surely is evident here on the face of the mountains and also where the glaciers have carved out the glacier bowls and the piles of displaced rocks.