A Test of Endurance

It all happened the day when we had gone out on a ranger led hike to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park. This is the same place where on a previous hike, we had seen a bear on the trail.

Sweeping vistas from the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

After we had eaten lunch at the lake, we began hiking back. We took the 2 1/2 mile side hike up to the historic Ptarmigan Tunnel. We began the strenuous hike with a steep climb that caused even the bravest of little girls to sit down.

 

M and E take a rest with Dad along the trail

 

People complimented us on our endurance and encouraged us all along the way.

Our family finally made it to the winding switchbacks. We hiked up the switchbacks and all the way through the tunnel.

 

E and M made in through the tunnel to the other side

 

Dad takes a look at the view

 

E and M going back through Ptarmigan Tunnel

 

It was very hot and dry that day and our thirst was quenched with water. York peppermint patties kept our mouths moist.

On the way back, “M’s” legs were so tired she had to lie down.

Once we saw at the summit of Apgar Lookout Trail, a family’s written remark, “We are wonderful.” After the Ptarmigan Tunnel hike, we can truly say the same.

©07/03/07

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