Thursday, August 19, 2010
8/18 Wed - western Glacier
We started the day with a hike on the Trail of the Cedars, a lovely walk through a hemlock and cedar forest. Avalanche Creek runs through this area, and the Gorge is deep and worn. Next we visited the historic Lake McDonald Lodge for lunch and a boat ride on the 82-year-old vessel "DeSmet." The views of the mountains from the lake were spectacular. Back at camp, we had more fun at the beach and in the lake. In the evening, we told stories around the fire. Still no moose sighting, but no bears either. In fact, there is a remarkable lack of wildlife in the campgrounds. There is a zero tolerance for food, food trash, and food receptacles ($75 fine if any of these are left unattended in your campsite). Because of this crack-down on food, there aren't critters around trying to scrounge a meal. Much more healthy for the wildlife, and nice for us to not be pestered.