(25 August ) was a get stuff done kinda day - we had to stop in Missoula to charge camera batteries, stock up on food, etc. Got to Glacier NP around sunset and found a place to camp. Vladimir (car) started making an awful noise. Ya know, a lovely grating metal sort of noise. Either way, happy to be back in Glacier. Hadn't been since a 2007 backpacking trip. A pretty fantastic place to spend a few days!
The car was still making noises. And by noises I mean nails-on-a-chalkboard-kinda-want-to-rip -your-hair-out-and-cry kinda noises. Got worse throughout the day. Less than ideal, really. Should perhaps stop taking a 13 year old civic on sketchy dirt roads? Never! (in the picture below, I'm apparently trying to look as nerdbally as possible)
Anyway, ate some breakfast and later saw mountain goats. (cute! Have a ton more pictures of then to post at some point) Spent a while with them, obviously. We found a different place to camp (less people) and eventually got on a trail again. There was a grizzly (my first, finally!) a long way off. Luckily I had Zac's scope with me so we checked her out for a while. Just foraging on a mountainside, pretty cool stuff!
It was really overcast and raining on and off, which was kind of a bummer, but that didn't stop us. I didn't take too many landscape shots because the light was so bad, but it was still a really pretty hike. Like anything in Glacier isn't pretty! Exactly. (the guy above is a Columbian Ground Squirrel)
We could see the grizzly from the trail at a few spots. So cool! When we were done hiking, we saw another one! Yup. Another grizz. Excellent! This guy was standing on his back legs getting some tasty berries. Unfortunately, they were way too far away for photos. But I'm pretty pumped I finally go to see 'em. Zac was a bit jealous...
Once we got back to the tents, it started raining pretty hard, lasted all night. Hmm. My tent actually started leaking, which was sort of bullshit. Granted, that bad boy has been around since 2004. I should tally up how many nights since then I've slept in it. It's gotten good use, but I really shouldn't use it in torrential downpours at this point anymore, so sad! My World Outdoor Wednesday