We awoke Monday morning well rested, warm, clean and ready to take on the day. Our stay at Waterton ended up being a great recharge. Looking outside, the fog had almost lifted and many of the mountains were again shown in there full splendor. We cooked a quick breakfast in our handy jet boiler, loaded up our car and headed back south towards the border. It was an hour before we approached Many Glacier entrance. Stopping for gas, I decided to get artistic with the view outside my window.
Upon entering Many Glacier we were surprised just how many people stuck around through the storm. Quickly we went to the campground, and reserved our site. It wasn’t long before most of the sites around us were full. We met a nice couple directly beside us who seemed to be beginners also. Later that night we realized that maybe the new campers beside us hadn’t read or learned campsite etiquette. By 10 pm all campers are usually quit and settling down for the night. Not only did or neighbors stay up till midnight talking and carrying on, but when they went to sleep, the gentleman snored like a bear. The snoring was consistent, loud and echoing. Our sleep that night was okay at best. It was hard to keep my friendly demeanor that morning as I saw the well rester gentlemen and his equally rested deaf wife emerge from their tent.
As you can see from the inside of our vehicle we way overpacked. We had a enough clothes to stay in Glacier for another few weeks before we would have to do laundry. Many of the car campers had rooftop cargo carriers. I think investing in one of these bad boys would be very helpful for our upcoming trips and relocations. By far Many Glaciers campsite was the most scenic. We were surrounded by enormous mountains, and many of the best hikes were walking distance from the site. Being our third day camping, setting up camp was faster and it wasn’t long before we started on our first trail. This shot gives you an idea of the scale and location of our campsite at the base of these enormous snow capped mountains. The hike we decided to do first was Iceberg Lake. But it wasn’t long into the hike before we decided to turn around.
The first of its kind we encountered, this sign was enough to send us in the opposite direction. Its interesting to note, the next day we actually decided to go up this trail so we could see the bears. A day of hiking and other animal sightings, got us wanting to encounter more wildlife. The hike we decided on was mild, but the afternoon ended up being one we would never forget.
We were approaching the end of the hike when many of the other tourists were discussing how the small lake at the entrance was great for wildlife viewing. The small lake was the was only a quarter mile from the trailhead. Tired and hungry, we decided to relax and wait and see if we saw anything. It wasn’t 10 minutes before we saw a moose and her young peak out of the bushes. Elated we watched and waited as the animals jumped into the water and started swimming towards us.
It was extremely uncomfortable how close other people were getting to the moose. Its hard to see, but there were two men who were not more than 5 ft from the moose. This moose encounter lasted for an hour, and could have lasted longer if we decided to stick around. A ranger that we had spoke with earlier said that at this time of year, there was a special plant that was insatiable to the moose. Moment by moment both moose would dip there long snouts deep into the water to eat, and each time they pulled out of the water pools of water would slowly drip from their faces.
Day one concluded with an early dinner and regrets about not completing longer hikes. The next day we decided to postpone our departure to get in one last good hike. It didn’t disappoint.