Let me take a moment to express my feelings…..

It has taken me way too long to write about Montana but honestly I was totally bummed about being back. I had this really crappy moment when I was leaving Glacier. I woke up on a crisp sunlit morning, neatly packed up my tent, loaded the rest of the stuff in my car and started driving to my new found favorite spot along McDonald Creek just north of McDonald Lake.

I was just about there when I felt a strong urge to leave and move on to my next destination. So I turned the car around and said to myself, “I don’t want to rush my time here. I don’t want to try and see everything in one fell swoop.” I knew I’d be coming back to Glacier sooner rather than later so I felt that it was a good time to leave. I drove along Route 2 down the south end of the park and into the east end.

The southeast end of the park is beautiful with rolling landscapes of tall grasses and subtle views (compared to the stark ones of Going To The Sun Road) and way less traveled than other parts of the park. This long winding quiet road allowed me ample time to get lost in my thoughts and desires about this magical, humbling, nurturing place I just spent the past several days in. Glacier is a place that resets every part of your being. It is pure and lovely, towering and intimidating, patient and raw. Glacier will make you fall in love, threaten you with crazy storms and then it will wrap it’s arms around you with it’s wild, raw and free loving energy. I fell in love with Glacier…hard…I fell in love fast. I hated to be leaving but knew it was time to go. That wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning.

You can find more of Lori’s travels (and some awesome photography) on her blog www.wildflowerslori.com.