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Bear Charges Trail Riders
Brother No.1 Takes a Hike
Camping,Boating and Bears!Part I
Camping,Boating, and Bears! Part II
Cooking School with M
Dust, Dips, and Bear Tracks
Family Forestry Expo
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Hoar, Ghosts, and Pits!
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M&E:Kids in the City!
Marmot Mountain Fun and Terror!
Mystery in the Rain Forest
Shuttle Bus Adventure
Snowshoe Fun on Winter Trails Day!
The Big Fair!
The Blood Red Moon
The Great Goldfish Adventure
The Swan Rangers and the 79 Switchbacks!
The Tough Trail
Ticks, Elk, Buffalo, and More!
Too Much to Bear
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Boating, and Bears!
For about two weeks, we had been thinking about camping before the great
event occurred. Then one cloudy, rainy Friday afternoon in very late
August, our dad told us that we could expect to go camping at Many
Glacier, leaving the next day. Many Glacier is a particularly beautiful
section in Glacier National Park. It is sometimes called America’s
Little Switzerland. At this time of the year, the
grizzly bears are roaming Many Glacier in very large numbers, making
it a wonderful photographic opportunity. We have already seen a bear in
this region on the Iceberg Lake Trail.
After our dad made the camping announcement, he left to go fishing.
While Dad was out fishing, Mom decided we should start packing. Our
family packed up the vehicle later that evening. The next morning, we
headed out. It was a foggy and chilly September morning. Near our home,
we drove through blankets of seemingly impenetrable fog. At the west
entrance to Glacier National Park, we saw a sign saying that no charcoal
or wood fires were allowed. We thought that perhaps it would be
different in Many Glacier, since the fire regulations vary depending on
the dryness of the area. After having a great time driving the Going to
the Sun Road, and after about three hours, we finally turned onto the
road leading to Many Glacier.
We drove to the campground and finally found a campsite. It was still
before noon as we explored around camp. We found that we had a good view
of a mountain, possibly good for bear watching. Also, it was right next
to an amphitheater, which had many opportunities for play. It had a
large wooden box for jumping on or over, and many rustic benches to hop.
The benches were constructed of a board painted red, and two or three
round logs holding it up. We set up our two tents, one for us, and one
for our parents. Our tent proved to be quite a hassle as we struggled to
set up the tent poles. Our dad solved the problem with ease. Before very
long, the tents were both set up flawlessly. We proceeded to play at the
amphitheater where we had lots of fun doing gymnastics acts, jumping on
the wooden box, and hopping along the benches.
We took a walk with Dad to explore the surrounding area. A sign was on
the door of a restroom saying that no fires were allowed in Glacier
National Park. Also, we found that we had a very convenient location to
the Many Glacier Store, Swiftcurrent Inn, and Italian Garden Ristorante.
Then, we took a short walk to drop our envelope into the camp moneybox.
Also on this walk, we familiarized ourselves with the campground. Then,
the family walked to the Italian restaurant and looked at their menu. We
planned to eat their pizza for dinner.
Soon, we hopped in the vehicle and sped away to the Many Glacier Hotel,
famous for its beauty. In all the times we had visited Many Glacier, we
were yet to see the interior of the hotel. We parked atop a hill above the Many Glacier
Hotel, where we walked down to the lobby. As we walked down, we could
see the gorgeous Swiftcurrent Lake behind the Many
Glacier Hotel. Surrounded by
glacial horns, Swiftcurrent Lake had acquired a blue tint, a color
common to Glacier National Park’s landscape. Upon seeing the lodge, our
mom said that this was her favorite so far. Inside of the Many Glacier
Hotel, we found that it was much like the other Great Lodges we have
seen before with log beams, fireplaces, and cozy atmosphere.
While looking around the lobby, our dad spontaneously decided to go on
the boat ride. We walked down very steep steps to the ground from the
Many Glacier Hotel. We hopped on the Chief Two Guns and were off. We
cruised the lake. Then, we got off to board yet another boat. We were a
little surprised, but readily got off the boat. We took a short stroll
to the next boat, where we rode along, looking at scenery. At the next
stop, we got off and opted to take the walk very quickly and catch the
early boat to return to the hotel. Our family passed the group and was
off. We scurried along, enjoyed the swinging bridge, and saw a couple of
horses. Grinnell Lake was at the end of our walk where we found that it
was much like
Avalanche Lake, yet prettier in the water department. We
tossed a stick in the water, but decided that it polluted the majestic
waters of the lake and soon retrieved it with another hooked stick.
Shortly thereafter, we turned around and flew down the trail. The people
that we had passed going up were still on their way to the lake while we
were going back. Near the end, we started pumping our legs to a run,
concerned that we would miss the boat. At the dock, we found that the
boat was still quite a ways away. After boarding the boat, we rode back
to the hotel happily. At the Many Glacier Hotel, we decided to walk
around and take a look at the place. We found that the hall on the third
floor of the Many Glacier Hotel looked like a barn. After looking around
and playing a little Trivial Pursuit in the hotel sitting room, Dad
bought us a Dr. Pepper and we left.
After a busy afternoon, we were fairly hungry and decided to eat at the
Italian Garden Ristorante near our campsite. We walked to the restaurant
and ordered a three-meat pizza and sodas. On our table was a game called
I.Q Tester, which was quite fun. While waiting for the pizza, we amused
ourselves with this game of strategy. After we were finished eating, the
waitress came to take away our dishes on a big platter.
stumbled into “M”. Plates and
crusts were tumbling down to the
floor. I, “M”, had pepperoni and tomato sauce on my hiking pants. The
waitress apologized and brought a washcloth for the clean up. After
this, we went back to our campsite and proceeded to look for wildlife on
Our mom and dad relaxed, as we looked up at the mountainside, through
binoculars, for wildlife. Finally, our dad
spotted some mountain goats, but we still had not yet seen any bears.
Later, our mom read us some terrific
Alaskan ghost stories. Pretty soon,
we started to put our sleeping bags and such in our tents. After a
relatively uneventful evening, we got into our sleeping bags and soon
dozed off to dreamland. The next day, we would be heading out onto the
Iceberg Lake Trail, because Dad wanted to