START: Red Eagle Lake
FINISH: About a mile before Whiterock Creek
DISTANCE: 67 miles
DAILY AVERAGE: 33.5 miles
TOTAL DISTANCE: 131 miles
Stunning views and abundant wildlife between Red Eagle lake and Two Medicine. Lots of mountain goats, another Grizzly sighting and even some Big Horn Sheep from a distance.
Coming immediately after the magnificent Glacier NP, the stretch between East Glacier and Marias Pass was largely nondescript.
NOTES & MUSINGS
Cool Hand Swami: Tackling my second AYCE breakfast in the space of three days, this time at the Glacier Park lodge, I put in a Cool Hand Lukesque performance (recall the egg eating scene) and almost had to be wheeled out of the dining room. This buffet rivaled the fabled Timberline Lodge on the PCT in terms of quality and range of choice. To my younger readers who have no idea who Cool Hand Luke is, I highly recommend checking out the Paul Newman film of the same title.
Five Favourite Paul Newman Films:
– The Sting
– Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
– Slap Shot
– The Hustler
– Cool Hand Luke
Recalling Slap Shot, made me think of my five favourite sporting films of all time:
– Raging Bull
– Chariots of Fire
– Slap Shot
– Caddy Shack
When you hike fourteen hours a day, week after week, month after month, and 95% of the time you are by yourself, a lot of random thoughts drift in and out of your noggin!