After spending a few days in Yellowstone, we continued on to Glacier National Park, where we spent four nights. This has been the national park of my dreams for several years and I had to pinch myself – I couldn’t believe I was finally there.
They had some bad wildfires this summer, and combined with the fires further west in Washington, the park had been really smokey. I was worried about it before we left for our trip. But we were lucky – from what we were told, the smoke was bad a couple days before we got there, but then they had some rain and visibility was great while we were there. In fact, we had a lot of rain and clouds the whole time we were there. We were lucky to have this great day to hike the Highline trail. The next few days, we’d have much more rain and very low clouds. But I can’t complain – I’d rather have rain and clouds than smoke!
As we started the hike, we spotted a grizzly foraging high up on a mountain side across the valley from where we were hiking. No grizzlies on the trail, though – just marmots, deer, and far-away mountain goats.