We met some mountain goats along the way. We also spotted some longhorn sheep, but they were too far away to get a good picture.
Upon hiking down to Hidden Lake, we discovered how clear the water was. This became one of the themes of this trip - clear water. How good the air smelled was another.
We encountered a bit of traffic on the hiking path as we made our way back out.
We were taken by the beautiful wildflowers all along the path.
Wherever we went, we found beauty.
And the color of the water!
Wish we had had a geologist with us, as the rock formations and colors were magnificent.
On our first visit to Many Lake, we caught our first glimpse of a bear - in this case, a black bear. Yes, black bears can be brown.
On our out of Glacier, we stayed in a lovely little cabin just near the Many Lake entrance.
We soon made our way toward Alberta, crossing the border not far from this butte, with the moon hovering nearby.
Our first view of Alberta was breathtaking.
At one end of Waterton Lake stands the Prince of Wales hotel. We did not stay there, but we did have lunch there one day.
From the hotel, one can look out over the lake, and the small town on its shore, where we stayed in a B&B as we explored the park.
Taking in views like this.
Hiking along the water in pristine, peaceful spots like this.
Admiring the sky, the mountains and the cloud shadows that danced across them, and of course the trees.
Not to mention the red rocks in Red Rock Canyon.
Some trails provided a a glimpse of lake, and the mountains that ring it.
In town, the occasional deer would look at us as the interlopers we were.
We took part of one day to visit the northeast corner of Waterton Park, to see the bison.
And to admire the colors in the mountains.
We set out to hike a trail up next to the lake, but had to wait a bit before we could get started, as it was already in use.
The view from the trail was well worth the wait!
And it seemed each spot we found to explore along the way was perfect. All we could hear was the wind and the water. All we could smell was the trees.
And the water, so cool and clean!
We found great spots to sit and relax all along the way.
And of course, Kathy hiked up a mountain just because it was there.
On the way down, the lake came into view again.
As did a fawn.
Where we saw how the earth can be folded, and wished again for a geologist.
As we traveled about Alberta and Montana, we were forced to conclude that the sky really is bigger out there.
And even the young birds are bigger, too.
The mountains and glaciers took our breath away so many times it was a wonder we lived to tell the tale.
Again, the colors of the rocks, with water so clear...
And trails that pleaded poetically to be followed.
And a wife who waited patiently, again and again...
Small beauty as well as grand caught our eyes.
At times, I felt more like I was walking in Middle Earth than on our earth.
During one of our forays in Glacier, we even saw two moose!
And sat for a while on the shore of Many Lake. Because.
We went for a row on the lake. And by that I mean Kathy rowed us across and back!
And who can forget the World's Largest Purple Spoon?
Or the rest stop signs?
Or the bison roaming in the wide open spaces?