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Quite possibly the last time ever

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
The Sun is finally hitting the Big Horn Ram (center) Howard spotted on our way up.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
Smoke from the Sprauge fire is creeping up the valley towards Logan Pass.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
Closeup of smoke.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
It’s quickly making its way to Logan Pass.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
Check out time at Granite is 10am. We told Margaret we’d be a little late. It took us three hours round trip, including nearly an hour at the overlook.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
This floor is made from fossils from a prehistoric ocean floor.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
Love it.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
Packed up and time to hike four miles down to The Loop to catch the Glacier National Park free shuttle.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
One last look towards Logan pass (where our car awaits) from our balcony.

 

Grinnell Glacier Overlook Hike
Eventually, we saw The Loop, but from here we still had over two miles to hike.

 

The Loop Hike descent
The Loop Hike descent, literally no shade the last two miles, due to a fire years ago.

 

The Loop Hike descent
The Loop Hike descent from Granite Park Chalet.

 

The Loop Hike descent
The Loop Hike descent profile.

 

The Loop Hike descent
Believe it or not, some people completely underestimate how much water to carry.

 

The Loop Hike descent
The bottom trail (Goat Haunt) takes you to Canada. i’d like to try it.

 

The Loop Hike descent
Covered the four miles in 1:40 (25 mins/mile).

 

The Loop Hike descent
Who would’ve thought there’d be a red light on Going to The Sun Road? Hoping to make a 2pm Vacation Rental Home on Lake McDonald.

 

The Loop Hike descent
The Smoke had cleared in the couple hours it took us to catch the shuttle.

 

Quite possibly the last time ever staying in Granite Park Chalet.

Could be the final visit to Glacier National Park.

Could be the last time Howard and i see each other.

Not to be morbid, just to be realistic.

And to be inspired by the present moment.

It works for me, and has for the past eight years.

However, with each passing year, my present moments keep getting better.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.