We crammed a ton of stuff into our 5 day mini trip, but I'm going to tell you about THE highlight first. On Sunday we decided to take a hike up to St. Mary's Glacier. The glacier is located just outside the town of Alice. We drove up the mountain to one of 2 parking areas and then walked over to the trail leading to the top.
At the top of the trail was a crystal clear lake....
By the time we reached the lake, the wind was blowing with a vengence and it was very comfortable temperature wise. We were anxious to go play with the snow in August.
Yes, that lake in the background is where we had taken pictures earlier.
Each view was better than the one before it. We kept scrambling around from rock to rock and kept snapping picture after picture. Personally, I could have stayed up there for hours. It was so beautiful up there, the sky was so blue and the air was incredibly clean. All too soon it was time to start heading down.
We took a break by the lake to catch our breath, drink some water and take some more pictures.
I decided that I should walk barefoot in the lake since I may never get another chance to wade in a glacier fed lake. Within 30 seconds my feet were frozen. That water was COLD!
I can easily say that this was one of the "best days" of my life. I was hiking on a mountain and playing in the snow, higher up than I had ever been before, with my daughter, my sister and her family. John Denver's song "Rocky Mountain High" kept running through my mind. I was on Cloud 9 the rest of the day. I would go back and do that hike again in a minute.