Crown of the Continent – Part 3

On our third day at Glacier National Park, we explored Two Medicine, a section of the park I had been dying to explore since the trip planning began nearly 2 years ago. Known for its great trails and amazing waterfalls, I knew that I couldn’t miss exploring this wonderful spot. Two Medicine is on the southeast side of the park and boasts one of the scariest roads that we drove on. Thanks to David for braving those narrow roads with no guard rails. FYI: All of the windy roads in this park are very slow going. Be prepared to spend a decent amount of time in the car. 

When we finally passed through the Two Medicine entrance we pulled off at the Running Eagle Falls Trailhead. A short 0.5 mile trail leads to a beautiful waterfall that magnificently cuts its way through a huge rock wall. The climber inside me was dying to scale the rocks to see the other side.

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After exploring until our hearts were content we headed to our destination for the day, the Two Medicine South Shore Trailhead.

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The Crown of the Continent – Part 2

We finally arrived at Glacier National Park in the middle of a storm. Barely making it before sunset, we happily enjoyed intensely beautiful heat lightning as the park’s mountains and glaciers came into view. Most of David’s paternal side of the family would also arrive at our two rental houses on Duck Lake, 20 minutes northeast of the park, over the next few days. Since we traveled with 16 others, two rental homes were the perfect home away from home. Much cozier than a hotel and much cheaper.

Our first morning, we woke to a full rainbow stretching across the park. Taking that as our cue, we set out early to find the treasure that awaited.

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It didn’t take long to figure out that the entire park is a gorgeous treasure. Waterfalls hide around every corner, majestic lakes and rivers flow between towering mountains, thousands of species of wildflowers stretch toward the sun, and a bevy of unique creatures call this amazing place their home. Each day revealed another breathtaking natural discovery. We could have stayed for weeks, months, years without seeing everything. Looks like we’ll have to return to keep exploring. I don’t think David will take much convincing. I mean, c’mon. Just look at these pictures.

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Roadtrip to the Crown of the Continent – Part 1

America’s best idea is indeed the national park. Vast spaces preserving mother nature’s beauty, each is unique and beautiful. I’ve only had the opportunity to visit 10 of 58 thus far but I managed to conquer 3 just last week: Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier.

David and I set off toward our final destination, Glacier, from Denver last week in a bright red rented Toyota Yaris. First stop was O’Dell Brewery in Fort Collins for a beer to cool us off from the afternoon heat.

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