9/19, day 146, 22 mi., 6100′
After a lumberjack breakfast (eggs, pancakes, bacon, juice) Ken called and got a Glacier permit and camping assignments. One hitch: today’s trail is closed due to bears so we had a road walk – kind of a final insult. Our camp is in a closed car camp where all food is to be store in the car. There are no bear boxes or poles, but our food is safely stored in a bear proof garbage can (it was cleaned for end-of-season). We haven’t seen anybody except people in cars on the road, and we are now on a closed road. The ranger who gave us our camping permit said that no one else would be in any of our campsites. I feel like Glacier NP is empty except for us and the bears.
The views today were exceptional with rugged carved mountains that rise so steeply. At one point we looked down onto a mixed forest of pine and aspen and could see the very gusty winds rippling the trees in waves. Those same gusts were strong enough to cause us to stop walking and grab each other for support. We picked up our trekking poles in E Glacier and will use them tomorrow.
We started almost 3 hours late and still hiked 22 miles today. Dinner was over 2 hours early and we’re in our tent with only our sleeping bags and thermals. We feel like we were sent to our rooms early with no toys. Ken has already asked for a cookie.
Looking forward to hiking tomorrow, only 15 miles but packed with photo ops.