Glacier National Park

Montana is the kind of place that, as soon as you land, you feel the cares of the world start to lift.  It seems to be a good kind of living up here and Whitefish is no exception to this vibe.  After deciding to take a flight right into Kalispell (the closest airport to Whitefish Mountain), I knew we were going to be in for something spectacular on this trip — rivers and water stretched on as far as you could see out the small airplane window, peaks that still had snow on the tippy tops, and wide open space.

Our group decided we wanted to get in a day early before work started, so we rented a convertible with Alamo (Mustang nonetheless) and headed up to Glacier National Park for a day of oohhhing and awwwing at the amazing scenery.  The entrance to Glacier was only approximately 30–40 minutes from where we were staying up at the mountain so we knew this would be a “must see” since we were so close.  McDonald Lake — WOW — the first breathtaking scene you’ll see when you get started on your journey up “Going to the Sun Road.”  All I wanted to do was jump in… the water looked so clean and pristine, it seemed like the kind of water that could baptize you with a fresh start (at least to the day).

We took “Going to the Sun Road” all the way to the visitor center near Logan Pass — the continental divide — where we decided to take a somewhat easy 1.5 mile hike to Hidden Lake.  Being seven months pregnant meant my team had to stick to something that didn’t have a ton of elevation gain (only 500 feet) and this was the perfect trail.  A family of mountain goats, a soft breeze, and a few other light adventures were all that joined us on the trek (through some snow) out to Hidden Lake.   Once we were almost to our destination two small beautiful alpine lakes appeared just around a bend and again I thought about how pristine being at the top can be.  Once we arrived at the overlook of Hidden Lake it was nice to hear one guy say, “What no cell phone service — I can’t check-in on Facebook?”

Ahhhhhhhh the great outdoors!

KC

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