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The weather finally cleared and we were able to do a 12 mile hike along the Garden Wall trail at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. You get absolutely stunning views.

Lots more pictures after the jump.

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For a Glacier National Park ground squirrel with straw in its mouth.

Or for a cute ptarmigan.

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I’ve noticed many cattle crossing signs at Glacier National Park. The cattle around the perimeter of the park have no boundaries and they roam freely eating fresh grass along the way. They have no difficulty crossing the highway when they need to, and so far as I can tell there appear to be no accidents involving cattle — that is to say, I see no signs of carnage. I even spotted some wild horses who similarly were not contained by fences but were free to roam where they chose.

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The last two days it’s been raining and I’ve seen at least five rainbows. I guess that’s because the rain and clouds tend to stick to the mountain areas while there is sunshine in the flatter parts. The weather report is categorized by whether you are east or west of the continental divide. It’s exciting knowing the park is straddling two tectonic plates.

We hiked yesterday about 8 miles in the rain. By the time we finished we were both completely soaked, but the hike did allow me to visit the beautiful Grinnell Lake pictured below.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, we asked where in Glacier National Park was the best place to spot animals. The answer was the Many Glacier area. Bears are very popular at the park. You want to see a bear, but you don’t want to see a bear…if you know what I mean. Almost everyone I’ve met that has been to Glacier has a bear story to tell, so I was waiting to see if we would see a bear. We weren’t disappointed.

I show the animals in the order that we saw them. Perhaps you too will feel the escalating excitement with each animal spotting as we did. Some of the photographs are a bit blurry due to the amount of zooming I needed to do both with my telephoto lens and with the computer.

This squirrel seems pretty tame. I think he’s eaten people food before.

More photos (including a bear) after the jump.

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Our second day at Glacier National Park in Montana took us to the area known as Many Glaciers. Many Glaciers got its name from the fact that in 1850 there were 150 glaciers on the mountainside. There are now only 26. Judging by these pictures, the remaining 26 probably won’t last very long.

We were told that Many Glaciers was the best place to spot wild animals and many wild animals we did see, but that will have to go into another post.

Iceberg Lake at Many Glaciers

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Our first hike at Glacier National Park was around Two Medicine Lake. Here are the photos.

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