“Glacier connects us to the very core of our nature. It’s a place where stunning summits overlook a million acres of wilderness; where the most rugged rock formations rub against meadows of beargrass blossoms; where grizzly bear, and elk, and bighorn sheep roam free.” Al Gore
I would by no means consider myself an outdoor enthusiast in the sense that I would strap on a backpack, hike for miles to arrive at a destination so that I could set up a tent and sleep on the ground...with no restroom in sight! Although, having said that, I am a huge enthusiast for the exquisite beauty and grandeur of all that nature has to offer. I have to admit that the thought of sleeping under the moonlight and twinkling stars, the fresh air and streams, and the quiet whispers of the wilderness are almost appealing enough to make me take on the challenge. How many sherpas do you think it would take to bring all my amenities?
For my friend Dave though, this is exactly what he wants to be doing ~ this is his paradise. Dave lives in the beautiful state of Montana at Glacier National Park’s (GNP) doorstep. Over the years, I have watched Dave post his stunning photographs from his weekend adventures in GNP and I have always been awestruck at the beauty he encounters with each outing (all photographs posted here are his images).
GNP is the outdoor enthusiasts playground. With over 700 miles of trails to hike, rugged peaks to climb, glacial-carved valleys to admire and along with over 130 lakes, my friend will be able to discover new adventures for years to come.
Dave occupies his time with hiking, biking, kayaking, fly-fishing and so much more.
With his permission, I couldn’t resist the urge to share his amazing adventures at GNP with all of you. So strap on your backpack and join the journey as we see Glacier National Park through Dave’s eyes.
Glacial Peaks, Valleys and Waterfalls
My favorites ~ the wildflowers
Along with my other favorite ~ the incredible wildlife
Shelters and Fire Lookouts (some available for overnight rentals)
I can’t help but look at my friend’s hiking boots and wonder how many miles they have traveled, how many peaks they have crested, how many sunrises and sunsets have been witnessed, how much of life has been pondered on a mountain top, and how much gratitude has been expressed over the years…and will be for years to come.
Thank you, Dave for taking us along for the ride and sharing your “happy place” with us.
Glacier National Park