We spent the night down by the river just south of Shelby MT. You could tell that it had been flooded earlier this year since the road had that dried mud turned to 4 inches of dust look. Not a recommendation, but it was quiet. A few of you maybe familiar with Cut Bank MT. Cut Bank is frequently the coldest spot in the lower 48 during the winter. This is coming in from the east.
This is leaving. The airport where the weather measurements are taken is on that far ridge.
The BNSF has been dogging us since Grand Forks. Glacier in the background. Amtrak flew by a few minutes later.
The plains just melt into the mountains, making it an easy transition.
Our camp is just to the right.
The southern end of St. Mary Lake. Note the dead pines.
A better picture nearing the upper end. The lake is about 250 feet deep.
The northern end. The winds were sustained at 30-35 mph at this spot.
There used to be a glacier up there. You can get a hint by the U-shaped slope to the right of that tall pine. In 1850, 250 glaciers were observed, now there are only 25. Climate model runs expect them to be all gone by 2020-2030 time frame.
Pretty flowers along the trail to Barring Falls.
I have a nice video of the falls, but it seems that I have to upload it to YouTube first. So you don’t get it :(