I have wanted to make the trek to Glacier National Park for years now, so it was nice to see my desires realized. While I was there, Glacier was celebrating its 100 years as a National Park. 100 years ago there were more than 150 glaciers in the park; today, sadly only 25 remain—which was certainly a disappointment since the few that remain are difficult to reach, as much of the park is inaccessible by vehicle.
Glacier National Park is quite stunning, with beautiful ice-carved terrain of ragged ridges, protruding peaks and dramatic vistas—with over 200 lakes, waterfalls abound and thick forests covering more than 1.2-million acres. Deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife but elk, moose, mountain goats, eagles, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly and black bears (I actually saw a grizzly right at the west entrance one day) roam its wild vastness.In summer a plethora of flowers, grasses and budding trees covers the landscape high and low. Snow-white mountain goats, with their wispy white beards and curious stares, are seen in alpine areas, and sure-footed bighorn sheep graze the high meadows in the short summers. The largest population of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states lives in-and-around the park.
Since I visited Glacier during the summer, I can only imagine the contrast of the winter and how wonderful it would be to go exploring with a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes.