The Week in Photos: July 23-30

July 23

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On the road to Glacier National Park.

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We splurged on our first dinner in the park.  Seared duck breast with kimchi and stone fruits at the Belton Chalet.

July 24 – Today was our first day hiking in Glacier National Park, and also a year since my mom’s death.  It still seems surreal that I can’t pick up the phone and call her anymore, but she loved Glacier and I can’t think of a better place to remember and feel connected to her on this day.  We started at Logan Pass (the highest point in the park) and took the High Line Trail to the Granite Park Chalet before returning on the Loop Trail.

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View of Glacier National Park from the High Line Trail

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Elk Thistle on the High Line Trail

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Wildflower on the High Line Trail

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High Line Trail

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A Marmot relaxing on the High Line Trail

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You are literally in the clouds at the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park

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View of Glacier National Park from the High Line Trail

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Bear Grass grows all over Glacier and quickly became my favorite flower.

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July 25 – On our second day, we took the trail along Avalanche Creek to Avalanche Lake and enjoyed the turquoise blue glacial waters.

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Swimming in Avalanche Lake.

After Avalanche Lake, we drove Going to the Sun Road over the pass to the east side of the park where we hiked to the lovely Virginia and St. Mary Falls.

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Going to the Sun Road.

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Fire burned trees along the trail to Virginia Falls

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Jumping from St. Mary Falls.

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Thimbleberry on the trail to Virginia Falls

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Huckleberries!

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Virginia Falls

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Wildflowers grow at the foot of burned trees on the trail to Virginia Falls.

We decided to share our bag of cheese curds with a friendly squirrel.  The result was pretty damn entertaining.Glacier-33Glacier-34

July 26 – For our third day, we decided to make the trek up to Grinnell Glacier.  And it was epic.

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Early morning reflections on Swiftcurrent Lake.

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On the hike up to Grinnell Glacier.

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Grinnell Glacier

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Grinnell Glacier hugging the mountain wall.

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Glacial ice floating on the water.

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Lower Grinnell Lake

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The many faces of a mountain goat…Glacier-50Glacier-51Glacier-52Glacier-53

July 27 – Our fourth day was probably the longest, at 14+ miles.  We made the long trek up to Ptarmigan Tunnel, then back down and up to the exquisite Iceberg Lake.

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View of Ptarmigan Lake from halfway up.

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The trail up to the Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail

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Ptarmigan Tunnel

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A glacier hanging off the side of the mountain.

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The hike to Iceberg Lake

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Alpine meadow

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The incredibly blue Iceberg Lake

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An iceberg floating on (very appropriately) Iceberg Lake

On the hike back down from Iceberg Lake, we encountered a grizzly bear on the trail – one of my wildlife dreams come true.Glacier-64Glacier-65Glacier-66

July 28 – For our final day in the park, we headed over to the much quieter Two Medicine area, and made the hike up to Cobalt Lake.

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Canoes on the shore of Two Medicine Lake, where our hike began.

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Aster Falls

July 29 – Five days of hiking and taking photos may have drained all my creative energy…missed my photo this day.  It was a day of driving that ended in Bismarck, ND…so really, I’m sparing you 🙂

July 30

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Sunrise on the last day of our road-trip

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Stopped in Minneapolis to see a friend and couldn’t resist the call of the “Juicy Lucy” – a cheese-stuffed burger that is a regional specialty.

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Ok, so technically I didn’t take this photo, but was pretty excited to get to see my friend Gina and her mini-me.

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