Plans had been made the night before to go hiking with Aaron. We had originally wanted to do the loop which would have involved taking the shuttle bus back up to the top of Logan’s Pass. The problem was that it would have taken up to 2 hours to get up and then it would have been a 6-8 hour hike and a 2 hour bus down. That would have been OK if we were staying in Glacier again, but we had to get to Columbia Falls to meet Pam, our next host.
As it was, we found a hike to Snyder Lake and so headed to the trailhead, a 15-20 minute bus ride away. The hike took us uphill through a forest for a couple of hours to Snyder Lake. It was a fairly pleasant hike but the trees were quite thick and so there were minimal photo opportunities. The lake itself however was glorious. Aaron dove in and had a quick swim around. I would have, but had nothing to dry off with and I find my Vibrams aren’t adverse to giving me blisters if I hike in them with wet feet with bits of gravel. After sitting round for 30-45 minutes we headed back to the campsite and said our goodbyes to Aaron who we had had a great time talking to. We exchanged contact information and hoped that our paths would cross again when we made it over to Seattle.
We were heading out of Glacier and a guy on a road bike pulled past us. We had seen him on the bus when we were off to the campground that morning and he introduced himself to us as Ian. He rode with C and they were talking for the couple of miles riding out of the park. When we got to the exit he got us to turn left to his friend’s place where he was staying. We sat round outside the house and spoke for a while. Ian is a cycle tourist and has a couple of projects, bicyclebenefits and Adventure Foot, a website like warmshowers but for runners and walkers. He gave us some cherries, tried to give C a pair of Vibrams and then promised to send us a package to a town we will go through in a couple of weeks.
After leaving we rode the 20 or so miles to Columbia Falls and arrived at Pam’s. We entered and were met by a whirlwind of energy and positivity. Pam and her family were so welcoming and talkative and showed us a great time. The night flew by and C stayed up into the early hours chatting away.