When we first got to Glacier, it was raining and foggy, which was a bit of a bummer. However, our spirits were lifted when we discovered that the campsite we stayed at just inside Glacier came with hot showers. It had been a few days since we showered, so it was definitely nice to be able to get rid of the grime and sweat. We didn't feel like eating in the rain, so we ate at a restaurant, hoping the rain would stop while we ate. Luckily for us, it did stop, but only for about an hour. We were able to get our tent up and get into bed before it started really raining.
When we got up the next morning, it was still foggy. We were hoping to jump on the Highline Trail out of Logan Pass, but as our car climbed up to Logan Pass, we quickly realized that there was a very small chance that we could do this. When we got to Logan Pass, we couldn't see much, there was snow everywhere, and the wind was kicking up something fierce. We were definitely not prepared, although I think we had enough warm stuff that we could have attempted it. However, the park rangers told us that the trail was closed, and we didn't put up a fight. We decided to instead head back down the pass and do a short hike out to St. Mary's waterfall and Virginia Falls. We'd passed it on the way up and there wasn't a single car in the parking lot. When we returned about an hour later, the parking lot was almost completely full. I guess people visiting Glacier aren't early birds. Anyway, as we hiked, we got a few fleeting views of the towering mountains around us, but I was beginning to think that these fleeting views would be all we would get in Glacier, so I was mentally preparing myself for this letdown by taking extreme satisfaction in what we could see. This wasn't really hard, since the waterfalls were magnificent.
|what we saw at Logan Pass|
|St. Mary's Falls|
|Lake McDonald from our campsite|
Anyway, Sophie's sister was flying into Seattle on the following day, so we drove most of the way towards Seattle, stopping in Lake Easton to spend the night. Driving through eastern Washington was particularly interesting because they have a section of road where all the crops in the fields have a sign telling the passing motorist what crop is being grown. I saw sweet corn, field corn, alfalfa, peas, potatoes, lentils, and wheat. When we got to Lake Easton, we found a beautiful state park that had awesome showers and laundry nearby. It was a bit wet, but the beauty of the trees made up for the wetness. The next day, we drove to Seattle, which is where I'll start part 3.
|Lake Easton State Park|