Glacier National Park (and a Wedding)

We arrived in Whitefish, Montana on June 3. With the wedding planned for the afternoon of the 5th we have a day to hike in Glacier National Park (GNP), which is only 30 minutes from downtown Whitefish. The wedding (Karyn Mathison and Samir Jerij) will be outside on the shores of Whitefish Lake. Karyn is my old buddy Dave’s only daughter. The wedding had been planned for 2020 but the pandemic caused a one year shift.

Snyder Lake Hike

Up early and heading to the park which turned out to be a good thing. You have to have a “Entry Ticket” which is valid for 7 days. I think they are trying to control the number of people coming to the park since it is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Fortunately Dave told us about this so we got our ticket months ago.

Our Entry Ticket

At Dave’s suggestion we decided to do the Snyder Lake hike (9 miles and about 2400 feet of ascent). It’s an out-and-back hike.

Snyder Lake
Fellow Hiker
Happy (hot) Hikers!
More Trail Fauna

After our hike as we drove through the park we saw a bear. Most of the bears I’ve seen in national parks have been from a road. I think they like stuff that grows near roads.

Road Bear

Wedding

After a morning bike ride around Whitefish we put on the fancy duds we brought just for the wedding and caught a shuttle to the lodge on the lake.

Ooooh …. fancy! And yes… our name is misspelled.
The weather is holding…… we hope!
Dave does the father-of-the-bride toast – and does it well!
The happy couple (and some old people).
Crazy, drunk wedding guests. Who invited these people?

We caught the shuttle back to town (and accidently ended up at the after party with the youngsters but pretty quickly realized we were out of our league and headed back to the hotel).

Last Hike in GNP

On our last day in Whitefish we hooked up with Emerson and Linda for a last (hangover) hike in GNP. We did one of the prettiest (and most popular) hikes in the park, the Avalanche Lake Trail

Avalanche Lake
A little colder today!
Avalanche Creek

After three days of fun in Montana we head west on June 7.

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