Glacier National Park
This July we were visited by Hiro and his daughter Akiko.
The family is from Urayasu City,
near Tokyo in Japan.
(Urayasu City is where the
it is also where Gary helped NTT install an interactive television
Akiko was attending school in Michigan and she and her mother Akemi
visited us that
when we showed them some Bozeman sights and booked them a winter tour of
Akiko returned with her father to attend the wedding of a friend and
they dropped by to see us on their return trip.
Their stay from July 9 through 12 was short,
so we did not see any local sights but took the long drive to
Glacier National Park
on the 10th.
Hiro and Akiko are pictured early on morning of the 11th at
Many Glacier Lodge
on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake.
The reason for our early morning arrival at Many Glacier was
that there is a ranger-led hike starting with the 8:30 boat
trip up Swiftcurrent Lake.
We had a cabin at Saint Mary on the eastern edge of the
so got up at 6am and drove to arrive at the Lodge extra
early for breakfast before getting on the boat.
At the end of Swiftcurrent Lake,
there is a 0.2 mile hike to Lake Josephine,
where another boat takes one further up the valley.
our hike to the Grinnell Glacier was an 8 mile round trip.
we could not make it all the way to the glacier because of
snow on the trail.
Hiro climbs up the steps through a trench a trail crew dug
we encountered the crew at another snow field,
passed them and finally had to turn back at the next snow
In spite of the late snow on the trail,
the glaciers in the park are receding and there will
probably be no more glaciers in 20 to 30 years.
On the way up and down,
we had to pass a waterfall created by the melting snow
One had the choice of going along the edge of the ledge and
getting a little wet while risking a long fall,
or going under the falls and suffering the near freezing water.
Pauline tried to split the difference.
the day was not as hot as previous days,
but it was a warm sunny day,
so Akiko decided to go under the falls.
At left guide Ranger Rick greets her as she emerges from the
falls [1.3MB movie].
Hiro and Akiko wanted to see a moose,
so Gary kept a close watch on areas moose might congregate
and managed to spot a moose cow and calf browsing on bushes
at the stream far below us.
We had to use a monocular to get a good view,
but even at a distance,
moose sightings are a treat.
Back at Lake Josephine,
we had to wait about 1½
hours for a return boat.
During that wait,
Hiro and Akiko were given a fishing lesson by another
Hiro caught one fish,
which he released.
At right they can be seen fishing from the dock.
On Thursday the 12th,
we took the
Going to the Sun Road
the road was closed until July 5th because of damage
from Spring snow and rain.
On this road, there are many opportunities to stop and
enjoy spectacular scenery.
The high point of the road is Logan Pass,
where we stopped to take a short hike to
get pictures of scenery and wildlife.
There were plenty of
like the one at left,
and a number of
like the two rams pictured at right.
We were also treated to a couple of
right next to the road as we left Logan Pass.
After Logan Pass,
we continued at a leisurely pace to Kalispell
to drop Hiro and Akiko at the airport so they
could catch a flight to Seattle with connections
back to Japan.