Remain optimistic that these are good seeds you’re planting

St Mary Falls hike
We would not have been able to see St Mary Lake while hiking if not for last year’s fire.


St Mary Falls hike
Nor would we have seen the sky.


St Mary Falls hike
Nor the water.


St Mary Falls hike
We wouldn’t have seen across St Mary Lake either.


St Mary Falls hike
But there would have been occasional openings like this one.


St Mary Falls hike
Nature and fires started by lightning are synonymous.


St Mary Falls hike
St Mary Falls.


St Mary Falls hike
Downstream flowing to St Mary Lake.


St Mary Falls was nice and with just another .6-mile we’d get to enjoy Virginia Falls. The additional .6-hike was not part of the Ranger led program. We did it anyway. How could we not. The extra two-plus hour detour was within our budget.




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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    As in each year you go, thank you for “taking us” with you. The pictures are incredible!


    1. You’re welcome Bob. Had no way of knowing in 1973 as a 14-year old that the imprint from the first visit would last a lifetime.

      1. I haven’t been there yet, but the desire to go has been there since I was about 10 when I did that research paper on Montana and Glacier National Park. I will get there one day. Thanks for letting me have some vicarious glimpses!

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