Heat, Smoke and Finally Relief

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Re: Heat, Smoke and Finally Relief

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August 18 Grinnell Glacier (Part 2)

When we reached the top of the moraine and started walking towards the glacier this bighorn sheep was grazing near the trail. His appeared to be used to people as he took his time crossing the trail ahead of us.


Bighorn Sheep
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Grinnell Glacier
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North end of Grinnell Glacier and Waterfall
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We saw people up on the Grinnell Glacier Overlook which is accessed from the Highline Trail on the opposite side of the continental divide.

Hikers on the Grinnell Glacier Overlook.
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There were a fair number of people at Grinnell Glacier. As we were hiking up we met few people until we reached the picnic are below the moraine at the glacier. That probably indicated we had started early enough to be in the “first wave” to arrive at the glacier that day. As we descended we met a lot more people on their way up.

Flowers
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Waterfall on stream coming from Grinnell Glacier
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Down through the waterfall along the trail.
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Many Glacier Hotel
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We stopped in the Many Glacier Hotel after the hike and then had dinner at Johnsons’ near St. Mary.
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Re: Heat, Smoke and Finally Relief

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August 19 Scenic Point

This was another pleasant day but as we drove to Two Medicine there was some haze in the sky. However, we did not notice a smoke smell. The car told us the temperature was 46 degrees when we started on the trail. The breeze made hiking a bit chilly as we started up the switchbacks.
Again we got a fairly early start on the trail and there were not many people ahead of us.


The dead tree that I take several pictures of every time I hike this trail.

Dead Tree
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Rising Wolf Mountain above Two Medicine Lake
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Trail Across the Plateau. Scenic Point is up to the left.
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These pictures of Lower Two Medicine Lake show the low water level. The second picture shows the streams running through the lakebed.
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Lunch Time in the Cool Breeze on Scenic Point
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Two Medicine Lake from Scenic Point
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Cushion Buckwheat
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Juniper with Berries
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Krumholtz Along the Trail
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We stopped at Running Eagle Falls on the way out of Two Medicine. No water coming over the top of the falls.

Running Eagle Falls
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Dinner was pizza and salad from the St. May KOA delivered to our cabins.
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Re: Heat, Smoke and Finally Relief

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Love the krummholz.

But it seems like every year Grinnell Glacier is a little smaller, Lower Two Medicine Lake is lower, less water is going under Running Eagle Falls and the smoke is thicker. :( Lately, I’ve been doing more trips earlier in the year when those things are less obvious.
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August 20 Drive to Great Falls and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Mike and I had a 5:45 am flight out of Great Falls the next morning. The group decided to leave for Great Falls after breakfast so we would have time to visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

Divide Mountain from the St. Mary KOA
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We arrived in Great Falls at mid-day.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center along the Missouri River
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An Artsy Bison greeting us in the lobby.
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Exhibit about moving the long boat that occupies portions of two floors in the center.
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Black Eagle Dam on the Missouri River beteen the Interpretive Center and downtown Great Falls
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Re: Heat, Smoke and Finally Relief

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Orin - I would agree with all yor points. We went later in 2023 than in recent years (mid-August instead of the week that ends July and begins August).

I noticed how much more mature the flowers were in mid-August in 2023 than they were a couple weeks earlier in 2021 and 2022.

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Re: Heat, Smoke and Finally Relief

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Bill, 94F is about 20 degrees past too warm for me. Glad you got a couple days in cooler weather even if it was smokey. Basically everything you did on the west side is new to me. I too like that "dead tree" even though I've only seen it once. Amazing low water.

Thanks for the report.

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