I’m not sure I have a lot to say about Glacier National Park. It’s a national park and one of the most beautiful places in the country. It might be among the most beautiful places on earth. Just ask Albert Podell who has visited all 196 countries on earth. He mentions Glacier in this interview: How One Man Realized His Dream of Visiting Every Country.
Now, I haven’t been 196 countries. I have been to 4 though, and while they all have their spectacular places, I feel Glacier is just slightly more spectacular. Then again, I could be biased. After all Glacier is in my very own home state.
West Glacier, where we entered the park, is dominated by Lake McDonald. It’s clear enough to see 40 ft down in the water. It’s also just about the most perfect view on earth.
You can actually own a private residence on Lake McDonald, if you were grandfathered in. They’re very nice homes, but the Home Owners Association is a bear!
Lake McDonald is fed by dozens of streams and rivers that come crashing down the mountains around it.
We also took a walk up to Avalanche Lake. It’s supposedly 2 miles one-way, but it’s not a particularly easy trip. It was just under 90 degrees when we attempted the walk. It was rough. People kept coming down the trail and telling us it was just 100 yards further. 300 yards later we’d hit another group telling us it was just 100 yards more. I broke the cycle on my way down. I ran into a wheezing middle-aged father, his wife, and three teenage daughters. He asked me between gasps how much farther it’ll be.
“Farther than you think,” I said, but I also told him it was worth it.