Thursday, August 6, 2009

There is NO Top!


Hi there! For those of you who have facebook, possibly noticed my status that I was sled riding on the first day of August. True story, as you can see from the pictures above.

When we decided on Saturday morning that we wanted to go on a hike, Scott suggested St. Mary's Glacier. This is approximately a 1.5 mile hike to the top of a snowfield. It gets snowfall year round and although skiers and boarders can enjoy the fun, I enjoyed it just as much by sledding. Believe it or not we actually put a sled in the trunk before we left, but when I realized I would have to carry it to the top, I decided against it. My raincoat did the job just fine!

To be honest, I wasn't really too sure what to expect, but luckily Scott had brought his hiking poles, because there was no way I was making it to the top without sharing one pool. Walking on snow is hard enough, let alone walking up a glacier covered in snow. If you ask Scott, I technically didn't even make it to the top. I think I started whining half way, when I couldn't catch my breath due to the high altitude and when my legs had had enough. Scott was several steps ahead of me, when I yelled, "There is NO TOP!" ...and I was serious! I was about to give up and then I realized Scott didn't seem to care about my whiny attitude, so I carried on. I made it to where the snow ended, whereas Scott walked to the top of the hill. (The picture of him with the caption that says, "there is no top.")

We walked half way back down and noticed a few folks looking towards the top of the glacier. Considering Scott is usually the one with an "eye" for spotting wild life, he had to ask what they were looking at. Sure enough, they had spotted a Mountain Lion and her cubs. Seeing a Mountain Lion is a rare occurrence out here, so it can be a pretty amazing, or rather frightening experience (depending how you look at it), to see. Unfortunately, we missed them. Maybe next time!

Then, after watching two snowboarders build a jump before their run, I decided it was time to act like a kid again and slide on my butt the rest of the way down...and that is exactly what I did. I had snow in my shoes, down my pants, and all over my raincoat but it was worth every second of it! My underwear dried a few hours later, don't worry. Actually, it may have been sooner than that, considering the temperature that day, which was probably 70 degrees at least. How that snow doesn't melt up there, I'll never know.

1 comment:

  1. Love the slide, so very cute!! You are becoming quite (<--is that right? that word always confuses me on how to spell it..ha ha) the little blogger these days!! The glacier is B-E-A-UTIFUL!! I need to go to all these places!! In do time sister I will be back!!
    So there are mountain lions huh?! 'Memeber I questioned that at RMNP? Too bad you didn't get to see them!

    Much LOVE sister~~~OJ

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