ROCK WALLS–EITHER MAN OR NATURE MADE:
David and I hauled ourselves up the ancient river bed created by the run-off of St. Mary’s Glacier. Although hundreds passed us, I doubt that any were happier or prouder of reaching the lake that lying just below the glacier. I took these pictures along the way and decided to post them as part of my rock wall series; I think of mountains as nature’s walls.
Took this in the parking lot before we started the climb. every time I look at these mountains, I wonder what the pioneers thought when they came across the Great Plains and saw the foothills of the Rockies with mountains upon mountains in the distance. Amazing that so many kept going.
This was the sign marking the entrance to the trail which is nature-made and full of boulders and rocks. Humans have a hard time moving mountains. Rivers seem to do it quite easily although slowly.
Here is David trudging ahead of me. This gives you a good view of the river bed trail. He is carring a knapsack chair on his back in case he needed to sit, but everytime we rested, we sat on a rock. I rested , but slow and steady got me to the top.
When we reached the top, this sign warned us to stop and we obeyed, but not because we were afraid . We went no higher because our bodies said “Enough was enough.:
Resting on a rock at the glacier lake. My funny little hat was improvised from one of Ben’s as I left the house without mine. From where I sat here are two pictures showing what the glacier looked like. The second one is fuzzy but shows snow boarders hiking up.
The fuzzy one is included to show the people show did keep on climbing. The two pictures below were taken as I was resting. The cleft in the mountain wall was probably made millions of years ago by run off, frozen water splitting the cliff or an earth quake, A geologist would know. I don’t.
High altitude flowers are a hardy lot, but small; the climate forces them to expend energy on surviving, not getting big and showy.
A skier heading home after a day at a no-pay slope. He passed us on the way down as did many, many others.
David at the Trail Head sign after making it down. Coming down was faster and easier going up easier except it was a bit harder on the knees.
On the way to the bottom, David took the picture of an abandoned cabin. That ended our mountain shoot then it was on to Dan’s and Amy’s.
We had pizza and some of Dan’s home-made beer, while Gabriel had milk. Gabriel is doing fine. He looks like a tiny Yoda and seems as calm about life as that Star Wars guru did. Ben was his usual galloping self. Amy is absolutely amazing and then so is Dan. All in all a wonderful day. Missing only the family back East.