For the past six years I have had the privilege of being able to travel to some of the most beautiful places in America (otherwise known as National Parks). The past week and a half my family and I spent time in Glacier National Park in northern Montana.
I have fallen in love with this place.
Everything including the mountains, glaciers, prairies, waterfalls, and wildlife spoke to my soul.
Ironically during the trip I poured myself a cup a tea and read the tag and found the message so appropriate.
I view life as this huge crazy adventure and this was just one step of that experience. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words so without further ado, let me introduce you to the majestic Glacier National Park.
This picture was taken outside of the park visitor center when we first arrived. As you can tell we were already seeing amazing views before even getting a chance to explore the park.
The first hike that we did was about 10 miles round trip. We all were a little tired (mostly due to the higher altitude that we weren’t used to) but the end result and the beauty of the trails was well worth it.
I think this is an important time to mention that we ran into a bear while hiking up this trail! It was so excited to see an animal like this in its natural habitat but at the same time terrifying to have been so close to one.
The trail opened up to the brightest blue waters I have seen in my life. My whole family stopped and gazed at the sight before us in amazement.
As you can see in the picture above glacial water is also extremely clear (we even saw people fill up their water bottles and drink directly from the lake).
The next hike that we did was called the Highline Trail, which is rated as one of the best hikes in the park. It was a 14 mile trek and let me tell you, the first 10 miles were amazing- the hike down the last 4 miles- complete misery. However our spirits were lifted when we saw a beautiful waterfall conveniently placed at the end of the hike.
Throughout the trip, I was so thankful to be able to swim in so many different water sources. From glacial lakes to ponds to waterfalls and streams, it was an ideal place for a water lover like me.
On our last day we challenged ourselves to one final 10 mile hike to see another glacial lake. This was definitely the most strenuous of our treks because the first half was completely uphill. But man was the end result worth it.
It amazes me that these glaciers have been here far before modern civilization and by 2030 most of these sheets of ice will be melted. Words can’t describe how thankful I am to have been able to seen them.
Following that difficult hike we decided to treat ourselves to some dinner at the historic chalet built in the 1920’s and now run by the National Park Service. We “bathed” in the lake before changing into nicer clothes before the meal.
My meal consisted of house salad with bison steak and huckleberry cobbler a la mode for dessert (apparently the local bears love huckleberries so we had to try them). It was the perfect treat after our week of hiking and admiring the park.
As we ate we got to appreciate the sunset over the mountains through the windows of the chalet for a final time.
This trip reminded me to slow down and enjoy the small moments in life. It could be something as simple as having a meaningful conversation with your parents or taking the extra second to gaze upon the horizon.
I would recommend Glacier National Park to any person. Whether you are searching for peace, adventure or beauty you will find all those things and more there.
Worry less and smile more.