at the airport, let the adventure begin!!!
fat tire.... mmmm.
i had no idea what i was getting into, but those mountains look awesome.
they gave us the van?!?!
polebridge mercantile sandwiches are the best i've ever eaten!!!
the road to polebridge.
the merc - awesome.
really? raining on the first day?
kintla lake at dusk.
kintla lake at dawn.
i think we're ready.
the water is so clear, but check out the aqua tint.
yeah. that's just gorgeous.
i'm a shed, what can i say?
in case you were wondering, this is the pit toilet. it smelled worse than anything i've ever smelled in my life. but it's a cool picture, i think.
who knows how this huge iron steam array washed up on the beach...?
this was the last fire for a while.
fellow hiker/campers at the start of day 2. (left to right) nate, kim, alle, rick.
they had a bad fire a few years ago, the traces of it are everywhere...
this stretch between lower kintla and upper kintla was one of my favorites of our entire trip.
first view of upper kintla lake.
we had a nice snack on that beach.
to upper kintla campground!
see that little saddle there? that's where we had our afternoon snack. this picture is from the beach by upper kintla campground. we ate lunch here. and saw a bear.
there were butterflies everywhere!
to boulder pass cg!
suspension bridge? sweet!
up we go.
that's upper kintla lake - where we ate lunch.
kintla peak, i think.
view of upper kintla from the trail to boulder pass.
beautiful view - killer hike. 3300 feet over 5.5 miles. goo.
no sun! don't go away...
agassiz glacier. it's huge!
kingdom fungi! in orange.
you can't even see the lake anymore!
still going up.
the cairn at the trail junction to boulder pass campground. i put one up there for my son. until we return...
or black and white?
one of the best views in the park. oh, yeah - that wooden box in the left corner - that's the campground toilet - who needs a book?!
some goats enjoying the sunset with us.
my feet, the sunset and the toilet. ah bliss...
my camp socks. the holes came from the fire on the first night.
now, who's the bigger shed?
montana is called "big sky country" for a reason...
tired of sunset shots yet?
this is one of the best inventions ever! it turns a thermarest into a veritable lounge chair...
glenn and travis
boulder pass - watch out for bears! this was seriously my favorite day of hiking.
there's a bear that looks like a black speck in that pic.
no, really, there's a bear down there!
i think this hike was supposed to be all downhill...
why do we keep going up and back?
well, we're moving away from the campground down there. i think we're lost.
sweet mercy, we found the right trail!!!!
pasques: also known as hippy heads or dr. seuss plants. i made the last one up.
see way over there?! the small line in the middle of that mountain? no?! well, that's our trail. we'll be there in a couple of hours.
hole in the wall cg. best campsite we stayed at.
headed to brown pass.
looking back at hole in the wall from brown pass. gorgeous.
who wants to jump in the glacier runoff? oooohhh! me! pick me!
ok, that snow was NOT there when we were laying on the beach the day before with our shirts off...
there's a fire?
beautiful view from goat haunt.
beautiful rocks - they somehow get these really crazy deposits of crystal right in the middle.
our first view of fifty mountain. looks a lot like that windows desktop. except untainted by bill gates.
well, that was a much longer hike than we expected.
and that's why they call it fifty mountain - you can see fifty peaks from here.
sue lake overlook. so tranquil.
0.3 miles to overlook. yeah right.
ahren pass - that's a glacier right in front of us!
big horn sheep!
that may not be safe.
see our trail that circumvents the snow? yeah, we almost slid down the hill about 10 times each going around the snow.
pika research. really?!
northern highline. what a hike.
hitchhiking teaches you a lot about people. i mean, c'mon - it's not like we haven't showered for days...
from logan pass.
now that's a big horn sheep. he crossed the road not 25 yards in front of us and scurried up the mountain like it was nothing...
thank you arkansas!
panorama of fifty mountain.
sue lake overlook.