I felt less anxious reading the host's signs scattered throughout the house.
We enjoyed a nice dinner and lovely walk, admiring the sunset and flowers, and then had huckleberry ice cream for dessert.
Our next AirBnb reservation was in a lodge in an old RV park near West Glacier, just six miles from the park. I called it the Catholic room because it used to be Catherine, the owner's, bedroom. It appears she choose not to redecorate it after she moved downstairs.
We began our adventure in the park by renting kayaks and paddling around Lake McDonald before dinner. The fires at Sperry Creek hazed our view of the mountains, but not our spirits!
Day One we took the advice of everyone who has ever been to Glacier and hiked to Avalanche Lake. Lovely, easy, 5 mile hike along Avalanche Creek. The footbridge crosses the creek near the Trail of the Cedars, a handicapped accessible hike. The Sperry Creek Fire inhibited our views of Bearhat Mountain and Little Matterhorn, but we took victory pictures nevertheless.
This little creature had no fear as we rested on a bench. He actually climbed up Bradleigh's back looking for peanuts or other crumbs.
The views were stunning and we stopped whenever we could pull over to get out of the car. The big problem on the road and at Logan's Pass is limited parking. We could find to place to park in the parking lot so we headed back down the hill. When we found a spot just a half mile from the center I begged Bradleigh to walk up, behind another gentleman, on the narrow road to the visitor's center. She reluctantly did it and she bought a T-Shirt and I visited with a park ranger about the hike to Hidden Lake, just 1.5 miles from the visitor's center.
I took this picture of a family carrying their snow ski's - the father said to me, "where's there is snow, we will go."
The view from the Hidden Lake overlook actually took our breath away. Much less smoke in this area.
We had a great time today, even if we were a bit indecisive about how to spend our afternoon. In the end, sometimes the spur of the moment decisions are the best!