A Miserable Day in Yellowstone!
A Test of Endurance
Bear Charges Trail Riders
Brother No.1 Takes a Hike
Camping,Boating and Bears!Part I
Camping,Boating, and Bears! Part II
Cooking School with M
Dust, Dips, and Bear Tracks
Family Forestry Expo
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Hoar, Ghosts, and Pits!
Lost on Father's Day?
M&E:Kids in the City!
Marmot Mountain Fun and Terror!
Mystery in the Rain Forest
Shuttle Bus Adventure
Snowshoe Fun on Winter Trails Day!
The Big Fair!
The Blood Red Moon
The Great Goldfish Adventure
The Swan Rangers and the 79 Switchbacks!
The Tough Trail
Ticks, Elk, Buffalo, and More!
Too Much to Bear
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Brother No. 1 Takes a Hike!
So one day it happened. Brother No.
1 came to visit us from Idaho. On the second day of his stay in
Montana, we decided to take a hike along the snow packed Going to the
Sun Road. Of course, most of The Sun Road is closed to cars for
winter, but is open to hikers and cross-country skiers.
The day before, Dad had gone to explore
the area to find out the hardness of the snow. He said it was
nicely firm and we would not need snowshoes. That morning, we were in a
whoosh of packing for the adventure to come. Brother No. 1 got his
gear out of his truck and even loaned us some of his extra hiking poles.
We threw apples, water, and trail bars into our
We got our heavy coats, hats, and gloves. It felt
strange getting ready for winter since where we lived it was warmer and
turning to spring. After packing the van, E determined that M
should sit in the far back seat. Brother no. 1 and M sat in the
middle seats. After everything was packed and ready to go, we hooked our
seatbelts and pulled out of the driveway.
At first, M thought that being in her
seat felt like being on a
roller coaster, but soon she
got accustomed to her new seat. We talked with Brother no. 1 as we drove through the beautiful Montana
countryside to Glacier National Park.
After the ranger checked our park pass,
we drove to the parking area near Lake McDonald Lodge. It was cold
and we pulled on our coats, hats, gloves, and packs. M had to
re-adjust her backpack so that it could fit over her fat coat. We
stepped onto the road and started our adventure. It is strange how
a few steps can start a memory that will last forever. We walked
quite fast in the beginning. It didn't feel grueling like it
usually does when we go
As we walked, we took in the sites and
stopped to look at a tree covered with fungi. The fungi was mossy
looking and can be used as a band-aid in an emergency. Mom took
pictures and we kept walking. We reached McDonald Falls, which was
quite a spectacular site. E recorded the falls with her Flip video
camera, trying to capture their beauty. We
then passed the
horse bridge. We planned on crossing it on the way
back, to take the trail through the woods. First, we would try to reach
M and E kept up with their fast walking brother, while Mom and Dad
lagged behind. As it turned out, the snow wasn't so packed
in places. If we got off of the beaten path, our legs would drop
into deep snow. At one point, gropple fell down in torrents, which made the hike more
exciting. It took a very long time to reach the overlook.
The snow was up to the railing and M fell down into the snow up to her
waist. At the overlook, we rested a bit, ate our snacks, and took
It was time to turn back and Brother
No. 1 led the way. We stopped at the horse bridge where Dad
determined the trail was too treacherous to take. Our legs were
tired and after what seemed like a long time, we made it back to the
On the way home, we stopped for soft
drinks and chocolate milk. Orange sodas and chocolate milk are
great after a hike. When we were almost home, we noticed that from
the angle we were at,
Mt.Aeneas looked farther away than usual.
Back home, we ordered pizza from Papa
- The last time we went on a
real hike with Brother No. 1 was way back in 2000 at the