Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 25 – Macdonald Creek Falls

Last night I went outside for a bit of a walk and discovered that this is the first campground that doesn’t have a lot of lights blazing all night.

I took this 30 second shot of the clear night sky, with the tree being lit by the neighbour’s porch light.


What look like clouds in a line going up at about 11 o’clock in the picture is actually an edge on view of our Milky Way galaxy. Our galaxy is sort of a flat disk and we are located part way out towards the edge. This view is somewhat back towards the center. There are so many stars in this direction it just looks like a haze.

Today we first went to the visitors center to talk to the rangers and get maps and brochures to plan our time here.

This place is really busy. We got to the center about 10 am and the parking lot was already mostly full.  We are going to have to start getting up much earlier to find spots at the trailheads.

Today we just did a short 2 mile hike called the John’s Lake Loop. It starts as a walk through the forest to the lake which you can barely see. I didn’t even bother taking a picture of it.


Then you come to this small cascading waterfall on Macdonald Creek.



Jennie spent more time rock collecting.





Then we walked along the creek to our lunch spot right on the edge of Macdonald Falls.



Then back to the car near where the creek enters Lake Macdonald.


The lake was very calm today.



Lots more dead trees and a two headed guy fishing.


On the way back to the RV we stopped at the village of West Glacier to check out the gift shops.


Now to spend the night and figure out our itinerary for the next few days.

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