Our hiking & camping trip beginning today was in the making for quite some time but our original destination was Glacier National Park in Montana with campground reservations made at St Mary. A wildfire broke out in East Glacier on the 21st which I became aware of when I got home from work later that day. I was anxiously paying attention to updates and soon came to realize we better change our plan. Being masters at "saving the day", this would be a real test as we now had to "save the week"! By Wednesday night our plan was laid.
On July 26, we hit the highway west aiming for the Icefield Parkway and the Waterfowl Campground. We arrived by 11:00am and scored a beautiful site that I called "The Palace". Lucky site #13 was spacious, pretty and right by the Waterfowl Lake. We set up camp and by mid afternoon were in need of a leg stretch so hiked from our site up to Chephren Lake.
The trail followed the river and crossed the bridge.
It was somewhat overcast but that only enhanced the shade of the Lake.
It was an easy hike to here, but not pretty at all along the trail.
It was rocky, rooty and muddy.
The bugs were bad here so we decided not to stick around long.
a work of art
We returned to our site, settled in with treats and beverages and got our fire going. When dinner time rolled around, we went for big and delicious. Afterwards, I took a stroll by Waterfowl Lake to catch the setting sun activity before calling it a night.
We chatted about how fortunate we were to score our perfect campsite, how beautiful this place was, there were no bugs, we were sheltered and it was peaceful and quiet. Our conversation also included putting final plans in place for our first big hike of this vacation.