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Chasing waterfalls at Glacier National Park

Virginia Falls was an impressive 50 ft drop and the endpoint of an enjoyable hike featuring numerous waterfalls

Virginia Falls was an impressive 50 ft drop and the endpoint of an enjoyable hike featuring numerous waterfalls

I just loved the colors and calm winds creating this mirror image!; it's hard to imagine that this area typically receives 100 ft of snow annually

I just loved the colors and calm winds creating this mirror image!; it's hard to imagine that this area typically receives 100 ft of snow annually

This is as close as we got to a moose at Glacier; this one stayed in Saint Mary Lake as we walked around it

This is as close as we got to a moose at Glacier; this one stayed in Saint Mary Lake as we walked around it

I was impressed by the variety of colors underneath the clear waters; to avoid falling I was always looking down but had to remember to stop often just to look around and admire the scenery

I was impressed by the variety of colors underneath the clear waters; to avoid falling I was always looking down but had to remember to stop often just to look around and admire the scenery

Baring Falls drops 30 ft and was one of the many waterfalls we saw on a relatively easy 6 mile hike from Sun Point around Saint Mary Lake

Baring Falls drops 30 ft and was one of the many waterfalls we saw on a relatively easy 6 mile hike from Sun Point around Saint Mary Lake

The banded woolly bear caterpillar does not actually feel much like wool—they are covered with short, stiff bristles of hair; this guy is the larval form of the Isabella tiger moth

The banded woolly bear caterpillar does not actually feel much like wool—they are covered with short, stiff bristles of hair; this guy is the larval form of the Isabella tiger moth

Lee took a very quick plunge into the water below St. Mary's Falls; he said it was so cold that the dive literally took his breathe away

Lee took a very quick plunge into the water below St. Mary's Falls; he said it was so cold that the dive literally took his breathe away

Baring Falls, about 30 ft., was just one of many waterfalls we encountered on our hike to Virginia Falls; the worst aspect of Glacier Natl Park was the lack of lodging in the park making for very long daily drives into the park

Baring Falls, about 30 ft., was just one of many waterfalls we encountered on our hike to Virginia Falls; the worst aspect of Glacier Natl Park was the lack of lodging in the park making for very long daily drives into the park

Most of the trail to Hidden Lake was along a boardwalk with 9219 ft Piegan Mtn behind Lee; a record wind gust was recorded here on April 9, 2014, of 139 mph!

Most of the trail to Hidden Lake was along a boardwalk with 9219 ft Piegan Mtn behind Lee; a record wind gust was recorded here on April 9, 2014, of 139 mph!

St. Mary's Falls is a two-tiered, 50 ft. drop; the falls were powerful in September so just imagine their strength in the summer with more snowmelt

St. Mary's Falls is a two-tiered, 50 ft. drop; the falls were powerful in September so just imagine their strength in the summer with more snowmelt

After hiking 15 miles on the Highline Trail, we added another 3 to visit Hidden Lake because parking at Logan Pass is so limited that we were afraid we wouldn't be able to get parking there on another day

After hiking 15 miles on the Highline Trail, we added another 3 to visit Hidden Lake because parking at Logan Pass is so limited that we were afraid we wouldn't be able to get parking there on another day

These days I think there are more waterfalls than glaciers in Glacier National Park; the waters here are flowing into Saint Mary Lake, the second largest in the park

These days I think there are more waterfalls than glaciers in Glacier National Park; the waters here are flowing into Saint Mary Lake, the second largest in the park

Wildflowers blanket the park in June and July but a few remained for our September visit; the opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake

Wildflowers blanket the park in June and July but a few remained for our September visit; the opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake

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