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During the boat ride St. Mary’s Lake I learned a lot about Glacier National Park. Some of these things include that St. Mary’s lake is the 2nd biggest lake in Glacier National Park. Another is that there are 25 glaciers remaining Glacier NP. The boat was surrounded by tall mountains and the water was a really dark shade of blue.
All of a sudden, as we were cruising along, someone yelled “BEAR!” I dropped my notebook and rushed over. It was a male grizzly bear (called a boar) climbing down a funnel of big rocks toward the water. Then the captain slowed the boat while we all took pictures and looked through binoculars. Now everyone was on that side of the boat and it tilted. There was a lot of excitement. The grizzly looked so strong and his claws and teeth were enormous–it was simply amazing!!!
Those were the highlights of the boat ride.
Today was a fascinating and exciting day! We saw a grizzly bear…which was very exciting and scary at the same time. Edward told you about it in his entry, but I just wanted to say it was astonishing to see one.
Later in the day, we climbed a trail in Glacier National Park! Glaciers have been around for a long period of time, so it makes me sad that, because of climate change, one day they will disappear. They are just so beautiful and majestic. But today we saw lots of wildlife. We saw Columbian ground squirrels, ducks, and we saw lots of flowers! But the thing that surprised me the most was a mule deer. And the grizzly bear!
The mule deer gave me time to take a lot of pictures. All she did was walk along, not even caring we were there. It was interesting to see her close up. But that is not all we saw. The Red Rock Lake and the Bullhead Lake were very big!
It was three miles of hiking to see them (and three miles back!), but it was definitely worth it. There were glaciers surrounding them, making it an amazing sight. The water was very cold, but we were so hot that we did not care. We all jumped in and we had a blast! Montana’s mountains are jagged and rocky, but they sure are fun!