This was my last day in Glacier National Park in Montana! I wanted one more hike, an opportunity to get closer to the St Mary Lake vistas I saw yesterday. There was an 8 km hike that started at Sun Point just down the road from Rising Sun Motor Inn where I was staying. I packed up and checked out by 8:15 then headed on my way. Not home, but to the trailhead! One more hike! It started here!
For a couple of kilometers the trail followed the lake high above. The morning light was perfect for beautiful pictures. I could see dark clouds forming in the distance so made this a quick hike.
The trail headed down near the lake and became more tree lined and also followed a creek.
Such pretty colors!
I arrived at St Mary's Falls which was my destination.
I climbed around on the rocks.
I wasn't ready to pack it in, so hiked another kilometer to see Virginia Falls and then returned to St Mary's Falls to catch the shuttle bus back to my car. I had a quick bite to eat then prepared for the drive back to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Once again, I had the road to myself, the Boarder crossing to myself and most of the drive from there was sparse of traffic and I sailed home easily.
It was a fun and amazing trip. It felt like I was away forever! It is so close and easily can be done as a longer long weekend. It was a growing experience and a learning experience. I know I can do it on my own. I know I am allowed to take bear spray into the United States and I am allowed to return to Canada with it. I know that three 1.5 liter bottles of frozen water work as my ice source for four days and water source for three (under the weather conditions that I experienced). I know I am fine being the driver on the Going-To-The-Sun-Road. The biggest thing I learned and know is that I will go back!