Thursday, August 19, 2010
8/19 Thurs - Glacier and Great Plains
We saw St. Mary Lake and the east-side campgrounds, and we were happy we stayed at Sprague Creek both nights as they were more forested. We watched a nice overview video of the park at the St. Mary Visitor Center. We saw an osprey nest outside, and watched the close-up osprey cam inside. Randy admired the telescope set up for sun viewing. After we exited the park, the alpine environment changed to aspen groves, then some cattle ranches, and finally wheat farms. In Browning, we went to the Museum of the Plains Indian. There is a fabulous collection of native clothing and implements on exhibit, plus wonderful murals made by Allan Houser. We also took a stroll through the nearby Blackfeet Trading Post. As we drove to Great Falls, we saw amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty and were happy to have experienced yet another part of America. We found out we had "great falls" at the hotel, there was an indoor water slide that Reed, Bret and Mom had fun on.