Saturday, January 15, 2011

Two Medicine ...

Anyone who's explored Glacier Park knows that its east and west halves are very different places... the east side is higher and windier and with fewer trees, while the west side has deeper valleys and great forests and lakes. I much prefer the west side of the park, overall ... it feels far more like Montana to me, and its easier to get away from the mobs of tourists, too.

I make an exception when it comes to Two Medicine, though ... it's my very favorite part of Glacier's east side. It's quiet, and the scenery and the hikes are lovely. I took this view of Two Medicine Lake last fall, the same day I photographed East Glacier's purple spoon.


  1. I took a perfect picture from almost this same spot in the summer of 2009. I use it as my Blog avatar! Small world, big sky, clear waters...can anything be better?

  2. Yep, it's a thoroughly wonderful spot ... one of the most beautiful, in a state filled with beautiful spots. I first visited it when I was 8 years old, on a vacation with my parents, and the memory of it never left me. It's one of the things that prompted me to move to Montana.

  3. We used to camp there or Fish Creek (Lake McDonald) when I was a kid growing up in Conrad and Shelby. I was a highly impressionable youngster; those scenes and experiences have never left me. I even remember when we moved to the north country from Glendive when I was three (1957 or 58), drinking out of the waterfalls along the Going-To-The-Sun Road. It felt like home then and it does to this day. I still think the park is the most beautiful place I've ever been. Thanks for the daily dose of Montana.

  4. You think it's EASIER to get away from mobs of tourists on the West Side?

    Maybe there's an alternate reality, just like the Matrix, about the Glaciers with which we are both familiar. :-p


  5. Oh, absolutely! If you don't agree, you need to spend more time up in the North Fork country, which is more and more my favorite part of the park. I drove from Polebridge to West Glacier on the inside North Fork road last fall, for example, and literally didn't see another person the entire way.

    Or go down into the Nyack country. I've done a number of long day and multi-day hikes down there without seeing another soul.