How do you follow up the a great hike of your dreams? First with a hot shower! At the store you purchase coins for the showers. It is amazing the things you find out hanging out at the store. Boy did that feel good!! So soothing to tired muscles and I must admit, my back was screaming at me! Hailey made dinner, Bless her little heart and we were down for the count.
So how did I follow up the hike of my dreams? You rest..... and then you set another goal. I must admit....the first goals were not so big, not so grand. Many Glaciers has so much to offer, it is clear why it is one of the Parks most sought after campground. If my life circumstances were different, I would hop into the Minnie McVansion and head to this natural wonder again. And Again. And Again.
We returned to camp for our forth night at Many Glacier Campground. It is beginning to feel like our Glacier Home. There are still so many things I would have liked to do and could have easily spent another week at this campground. Do consider coming with lots of food and gas as prices near Many Glaciers are expensive.
In the morning we will head out for Two Medicine Campground.
Views along the way to Two Medicine
Two Medicine Lake
In what was our shortest walk/hike we discovered a unique waterfall near Two Medicine.
Running Eagle Falls, also called Trick Falls near Two Medicine
Handed down through oral histories of the Pakuni is the story of a Native Princess, known as Running Eagle who lived in the 1700's before while settles came to this area. Running Eagle was the only young woman to ever go on what is commonly called a vision quest. She went alone up into these woods to fast, pray, suffer and dream while she found her medicine. She became a woman warrior known for her courage and bravery. After her fathers death she took care of the extended family according to Pakuni traditions.
Near her 30th year she went with a war party across the Continental Divide where she was killed by the Flathead in the territory. The other warriors brought her body back and she was buried within a tree above the Falls. The Pakuni people continue to admire her for her courage and honor and the person she became.
During spring run off the water tumbles off over the top of the upper falls, later in the summer it falls through the lower falls forming a natural bridge that the water flows through. I remember when traveling through Utah seeing natural bridges that were formed by the water. Here is the water still doing the forming. I so wanted to climb up to the top to view the water as it fell into the hole in the earth. But there was no way to do so.
Leaving the East Side of Glacier is a bit like leaving the Mountain top. It has been an experience that truly has touched my inner being. It has been a bit like reading a fabulous book. For me it is always hard to pick up the next book, afraid that you will never again find an experience that is as meaningful.
But, there will be new dreams, and new mountaintop experiences.
Each unique in itself.
So off we go, ready for new experiences, open to all the possibilities.