We took the morning off and just rested after yesterday’s long travels through Glacier and Canada. We headed off to the historic Lake McDonald Lodge and brought our own picnic food and enjoyed a nice late lunch in the shade of a tree near the waterfront. V&T enjoyed playing in a creek (cold!) that flowed right into the lake. We had booked a 2 hour horse riding excursion for 2:45 with Swan Mountain Outfitters and everyone except G changed into horse riding appropriate clothes. G had politely been informed that people of his size tended to curve a regular size horse’s back and that since the
folks at Budweiser had not lent the stables any of their fine steeds, he would have to sit this one out. No worries- he was looking forward to the time away. The ride was 5 miles through mostly forested terrain near Lake McDonald right in GNP. The trail was a nice mix of
rain forest, old growth forest, and walks along the creek bed that overlooked McDonald Falls. G was waiting with the camera when everyone returned and noticed that the kids (especially V who is the family equestrian) had more spring in their step as they dismounted. To see L dismount was to understand the phrase, “You look like you have been riding a horse all day!” They had a great time and G had taken the time to take a quick return trip to the top of the Going to the Sun Road to Logan Pass.
He had now driven the road at three different times- Early in the morning going, late at evening returning and now in the middle of the afternoon- the views were still beautiful but the crowds were much greater in the afternoon. After getting everyone hydrated and clothes re-changed, we headed back over to Lake McDonald and rented a small boat with an 8 HP around 6:30 pm. We were quite the site a family of 4 as we headed off in our little craft. We had it till 8 pm. G finally had the occasion to use all of his maritime nautical knowledge. :)
T took a turn driving and his comment was, “Is this as fast as this boat goes, this is nothing compared to Grandpa’s”. She was a good vessel, however shall we say the power was lacking. Nonetheless, T was content to do donuts with it in the lake once out of site of the boat rental shop. The water was very clear and you could see the bottom while over 10 feet. The lake got deep very quickly and we are told that it was 472 feet deep at the deepest. V was in the bow sitting on life jackets and covered under a mound of towels. We skirted along the shoreline and crossed the lake and had it back with time to spare. A quick dinner near the Lodge and headed home. Long drive day ahead tomorrow!