Saturday, July 28, 2012

Glacier National Park, Washington

We arrived in Columbia Falls and will be here for a week.  On our first full day we took a nine (9) hour tour of Glacier in a 1934 Ford Red Jammer Bus.  Our tour guide was Glenn, who was very informative. The majority of the time we drove on the Going-to-the Sun road.  We saw all 8 glaciers, numerous waterfalls, a grizzly bear and a mountain goat.  We stopped at Logan Pass, the continental divide, and the water that falls on the west side of the pass eventually runs into the Pacific Ocean.  The water that falls on the east side, eventually runs into the Gulf of Mexico.

Important Fact: The glaciers have been here for many thousands of years, but they are melting at an alarming pace. If you don't get here to see them soon, they'll be gone.  It is estimated that between 2025 and 2030, they will be gone.  Do you believe in global warming?

Debbie boarding the Going to the Sun bus
Goose island and St. Mary Lake
Sitting atop the snow on the left side is a mountain goat
The mountain, snow pack, waterfalls, & lush greenery.
We stopped for lunch at Many Glaciers Lodge
The view out the window from our table
Debbie relaxing after lunch
Grinnell Glacier

Salamander Glacier (look closely at the outline)
Lots of trees swept down the mountainside by an avalanche
Another beautiful waterfall
We had a great day

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