(Speaking of bears… we’ve seen bears every day except when we did the Grinnell Glacier hike. One morning while we were driving on the Park Road, a grizzly dashed across the grassland at a pretty good clip, ran right behind the car and disappeared into low scrub on the other side. Durn thing was almost as big as Smartie! Another time, as we were driving, a grizzly darted out of the trees in front of us, saw the car, contemplated suicide, changed its mind and ducked back into the trees. Whew! Otherwise the bears we’ve seen have been much further away – GOOD!)
After lunch we strolled around turquoise-colored Swiftcurrent Lake on the 2.6 mile loop Nature Path. Most of the path is shaded by fir trees, cooler and quieter, and we enjoyed the solitude. We stopped in at Many Glacier Hotel along the way, and learned a few things. The Hotel, designed in a Swiss Alpine style, opened in 1915. It’s large, picturesque, and perched at the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake. The lobby is three stories tall and very rustic, with a huge stone fire pit toward the center of the room. Reminded us of the lodges in Yellowstone and Glacier Nat’l Pks.
Swiftcurrent Lake from the Nature Path. Purple mountain majesties - dusk at GNP. Wildflowers galore at Logan Pass (on the Continental Divide).