08.08.2010 - 08.08.2010 13 °C
My second and last full day in Glacier National Park began with a lie in. If the long hike I've been doing don't qualify me for one then perhaps all the early morning I've been having do. All suited and booted with my camera and bear spray I caught the Park shuttle bus up to Logan Pass, the high point of the Going to The Sun Road and a popular area for short hikes. I had the hike to Hidden Trail Lake in mind. It wasn't cross country, but across broadwalks so it really wasn't too tough. Or at least I thought. Well everything started off fine, if not a little breezy and chilly high in the mountains. I spotted a few mountain sheep (they somehow manage to hang to the sides of cliffs and call it home) and a few ram with very curled horns - everything was good. Then it started to drizzle with rain, then it spattered, then it fell and then it unleashed itself. For the next hour I was thoroughly sodden, although my rugby jacket was keeping me dry. This isn't what I wanted. I got to the lake, could just about see it through the clouds and made a swift return, anxious that a thunder and lightening storm might start whilst I was stuck on a mountain side. I made it back down to the Logan Pass visitor centre, but unfortunately spent the next hour and forty five minutes stood in the rain waiting for a bus that should have come every twenty minutes.
I got back to the campsite and sat in the car with the heating on to warm up and dry off. Today gave me a time to reflect on where I've been, what I've experienced and where I'm going. Well to start with the last of these, I've decided that I won't be visiting Alaska. For the money I have left I don't think I'll have the experience that I want and which will make the journey worthwhile, I would in short just be going there to say I'd been there. A better idea would be to come back in the future and fully appreciate the state. I don't feel too disheartened about this. I had never intended to have three weeks exploring the Rocky Mountains, certainly never thought I would drive the length of the contiguous United States and visit the National Parks that I have done. As for where I've been and what I've experienced. My stay here in Glacier National Park has made me think of homesickness, I underline not made me homesick. I've found that there is nothing so good at beating a feeling of staticism than moving on and ending idleness. That's perhaps what's made this trip a success - while I have explored the places I've been I've constantly been on the move exploring new places.
I will moving on tomorrow, my first foray south since I was on the easy coast. I have two days to return to Boulder, Colorado as I will be flying to Las Vegas from Denver in three days time.