I started the day off on the ice-cold water of Lake McDonald. With a small break in the weather, I decided to try to get some paddle time in. I unpacked the board and hit the water. I didn’t have long before the next line of storms moved in. I was so glad I got to paddle on this lake though. With the mountains wrapping around the calm glassy water, it looked like I was paddling into an infinite horizon. Unfortunately it did not stay glassy for long. Before I knew it, I was getting pelted in the face with rain and the wind had picked up. I paddled back and got the board packed away before the storm hit.
I had started to drive back to camp, but found myself stopping north of the Apgar Ranger Station. The storm line was just too beautiful to pass up. I watched as the center of the storm had passed through the glacial mountains and began devouring Lake McDonald. It was heading straight for me and I had a front row seat.
After the storm passed, I found myself heading towards Canada on North Fork Rd. I drove the majority of the road heading north towards Polebridge and turned around before hitting the Canadien Border. After I had spent a half tank of fuel driving around exploring, I drove back to my campsite. After dinner, I drove south to Columbia Falls to get some laundry done. The storms had not let up. I was socked in for the night so I figured I would at least get a few things accomplished. Ice, groceries and laundry. Not exactly what I had planned but I definitely needed the break to stock up on food and get some clean clothes. I made leftovers for dinner and then sat quietly in the Airstream, listening to the rain and the wind outside.
The next morning I packed up camp and started driving East towards East Glacier and the town of Pinnacle. I did not have enough time to see everything I had wanted to see while I was in West Glacier, but I sure did have a blast.
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