A Miserable Day in Yellowstone!
A Test of Endurance
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!
Lost on Father's Day?
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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Lost on Fathers Day?
On Father's Day morning, we awoke unsure of what we would do for the
holiday. Instead of bad weather like we had for Memorial Day 2 years
ago when we went to
the weather was beautiful and hot, with temperatures around 75
degrees. As the day went on, the word spread that we would be going
on a BBQ picnic in Glacier National Park. Mom was making ribs, a
delicious treat perfect for a barbecue.
While on a walk around town, I ,M, informed E about the plans for
the day. E did not seem to like the idea of going to Glacier. She
thought that going on the 40-minute ride to the park was too
tiresome and boring. At about 1:00, we departed on our adventure.
At Wal-Mart, we
shopped for several supplies, such as a barbecue grill, charcoal,
and a folding chair. After purchasing a few items, we continued on
Arriving at Glacier National Park, we drove to the Fish Creek picnic
ground. Fish Creek is a pretty creek near Lake McDonald. In the
parking lot, we discovered that Glacier Park was much colder than at
home, although moderately warm. We were not cold enough to change
our tank tops and shorts (E was wearing blue jeans; I was the
only one wearing shorts). Our picnic spot was at a great location
near Lake McDonald.
E and I went to explore the area around our picnic area. We
pretended as though there were no people nearby, or parking lot
above. When we returned from our brief trek, E left with Mom to lead
her along where we had been exploring. Upon coming back, Mom
suggested that Dad and I go on a walk of our own along the same
path. Dad had other ideas, and decided that he and I should go
on a very different adventure.
Dad and I left on our adventure, and left Mom and E to monitor
the ribs as they roasted on the barbecue pit. As we walked, I
enjoyed hiking without a backpack,
which I consider a burden. Dad told me that he always gets lost
while exploring the area around which we were going. Upon passing
Fish Creek, Dad informed me that it is outlawed to take fish in
Fish Creek. The first part of our exciting walk was on a flat
blacktop trail through the forest. The ambience was pretty and
refreshing. After we passed the wooded area, we went by the
restroom, then walked briefly in the lower campground. Dad departed
from the campground and went to the backcountry to explore around
Lake McDonald. As I walked near the lake, I realized that I had
no idea where I was since I left the campground. Glad that I was
with Dad, I continued. Dad stood around the lake, recording the
jagged, white peaked mountains at the end of Lake McDonald with our
camcorder. I felt the water and had the idea to later wade in
the cold glacial lake with E. I wanted to ask Dad how long we
had been gone, since I felt like it had been a long time and that
Mom and E might be worried. I did not ask Dad how long it had
Continuing on the walk, Dad noticed a strange
rock cairn. I
did not think it looked especially strange, and Dad said it
could be the foundation of an old cabin. Dad told me that we were
right across from Mom and E, and tried to take video of them through
the trees. Dad then told me to find the way back. I did and went
up, since I remembered the direction in which we had gone to the
lake. Meanwhile, Mom and E sat around the picnic area keeping
an eye on the barbecue and playing games.
Then, the scent of smoke and barbecue came to my nose and I
followed that. When I saw what looked like a trail, I went away
from my sense of smell and followed that a tiny ways. Dad finally
pointed out the proper direction and I realized that the
campground was in plain sight and I had not noticed it. Dad and I
went back to the correct place, where we saw the bear. It was right
there in the campground, next to a RV. Unlike the bear in
Boating, and Bears Part 2, this bear did not charge. Also unlike
those bears and all other bears, this bear was a teddy bear!
We headed to the left and went to the amphitheater. Things began to
fall into place when the signs I had made a point of remembering
came into view. Dad noticed an alien on restroom
1066. I saw it and noted it
was not an alien, but a sticker. After a long walk, at last, we made
it back to the picnic spot. I noticed E coming along, and
greeted her. E told me of how worried she had been. Dad and I excitedly told Mom and E how we had seen a bear, and showed Mom
and E the videos.
While Mom was getting some things
out of our vehicle, I decided to show her the bear. Forgetting that
I had never gone up the steps to the upper campground, I
went up those steps thinking that that was where the bear was. Mom
said that if it was far away, she would have to go back but we,
could go find it by ourselves. Promising to stay on the road, we
went off. Upon coming to the spot where I thought the bear
should be, I realized that I was in the wrong spot. We turned
around, deciding that we would get lost trying to find the bear.
Anyway, both of us, had to go to the restroom. While washing my
hands, I was loudly singing. Someone came into the restroom.
Luckily the person was Mom, coming to say that Dad had told her that
we were totally in the wrong place. Mom said that it was lucky that
I was singing right then, or she might have thought we were lost. I
then remembered that Dad and I had never gone up the stairs to the
upper campground. When we went back to the picnic spot
we were given radios to contact Mom and Dad with. Also, Dad
gave directions on how to get to the bear. Our walk was much shorter
than the one I had taken with Dad. Upon getting to the bear, we
went close-up and found out that the RV belonged to the campground
host. On the bear was a kind of poem, an acrostic, about bears
We continued on our way, but
noticed that we came back to the bear! I realized that we had
gone in a circle, then realized that we should have gone to the
When we got to the amphitheater, I realized that E should take
video as though she were at a concert and I was the singer. E could
shake the video camera as though it were a cell phone. E took a
video of me, which we later watched and found quite funny.
We went on one trail, which I recognized as being the wrong one,
tried another trail, which turned out to be the right
path. When we got back to the
picnic spot, we decided to wade in Lake McDonald. I went in the
water up to my shorts, and E waded in up to her rolled up pants. The
water was quite cold, but was more comfortable once we were in for a
Dinner was almost ready so we got out of the water and enjoyed the
food. It was quite delicious and everything tasted better since it
was cooked on a grill. After the main dish, we enjoyed a dessert of
our first ever Símores. After all of our food was devoured, we put
out the fire with water from Lake McDonald. By the time we got home,
it was pretty late and we enjoyed watching "The Twilight Zone" on
our computer before we went to bed.