Glacier National Park

July 7, 2017

Our trip to Glacier National Park! For those of you who don't know where it is, its in Northern Montana and crosses over into Canada. We have been to so many National Parks in our lifetime, and I can honestly say I have never seen anything like Glacier! There is so much to do and so much to see. We wish we could've stayed longer!

Our first day we hiked this AMAZING hike called Logan’s Pass located at the highest lodge in the park! It is a 3 mile hike through the snow, in July! It was also 80 degrees outside which totally threw us for a loop. We were not planning on getting sunburnt on this hike but we totally did! As we hiked up through the snow we noticed people hiking with snowboards, skis, and sleds. People were hiking high up on the snow hills to ride down. It looked so fun! Next time we will be bringing sleds!

Hiking through the snow. Most of us had nike running shoes, only the smart ones brought boots. By the end of the hike our shoes were soaking wet as well as our socks! But there were people that had it much worse than us. We saw people in flip flops and even some little kids wearing crocs and crying because their feet were so cold. I have to admit it was somewhat comical! If you plan to do this hike make sure you bring extra socks and shoes for the rest of the day!



All the animals in Glacier are super friendly! These crazy mountain goats were scaling rock cliffs right in front of us! We also saw a big horned sheep in the parking lot while we pulled in. I swear it was looking right at us! I’m just happy it wasn’t a bear staring me down.

One of my favorite things we did was drive through the park and stop at all the scenic look outs. You can see anything from waterfalls, to snow peaks and canyons, along with this crazy good view that looks like it belongs in Switzerland! We couldn’t help but sing “THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSICCCC” while driving through the park.



ย THESE FLOWERS! I have never seen anything like them in my life. I couldn’t decide if they looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book, and an edible flower from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. This crazy trail was along side of the lake in Many Glacier. We hiked this trail at around 8pm to go fish for a while. On our way back it was almost dark and we saw a baby moose head into the lake for a night time bath. It was so majestical. The baby swam all the way across the lake dunking its head under the water, then emerging from the water like a woman from a Neutrogena commercial. ย Proud moment for Gavin capturing this deer looking straight at the camera!Canoeing at McDonald Lake. I will never get over how blue the water is here.?

More proof of the bluest water in the world! I call it blue gatorade water. I really had to refrain from sticking my head in the water and taking a drink. I’m sure this is what the fountain of youth looks like! This waterfall is on the Avalanche hike which is the most popular hike in the park. It starts out on a wooden board walk for about a half mile and then heads up a dirt trail through the thick forest for another 2 miles.The top of the Avalanche hike! We waited very last minute to start this hike and were the only people heading up while everyone started down. We knew it was going to get dark soon so we booked it up the trail. When we were about 5 minutes from the lake we ran into a HUGE bear scat in the middle of the trail. So obviously we panicked a little bit. We ran to the lake, took a could pictures, and started to actually RUN down the trail. After about 5 minutes of heading down it was completely pitch black. We finished the hike with our phone flashlights while blasting music and trying to forget about how many bear attacks happen in Glacier. Don’t worry, we survived!!

July 31, 2017

83 Comments

  1. Masha

    July 7, 2017

    Beautiful photos, love the deer. Great post thanks

  2. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 7, 2017

    Thank you!:)

  3. scottandloristravels

    July 7, 2017

    We’ve been to glacier a couple of times… loved it!!
    Nice photos!!!

  4. Catholic Pilgrim

    July 7, 2017

    Yes, beautiful photos – especially the header. You certainly do get around.

  5. kaushik

    July 7, 2017

    The mountains look wonderful and as usual your pictures are nice. I live in a hot country and wondered how you both wore such minimal clothing, when there was so much snow ice/ snow around. Didn’t you feel cold? Brrrr.

  6. Rayna

    July 7, 2017

    This looks like so much fun! I love that our countries have national parks that are touching ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 7, 2017

    Thank you! We are definitely wanting to do it again!

  8. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 7, 2017

    It was crazy! There was tons of snow around but very hot outside. About 80 degrees of summer weather while we were hiking:)

  9. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 7, 2017

    It’s amazing! Definitely a must-see!:)

  10. adventureswithjonesyblog

    July 7, 2017

    I absolutely love this and would love to be able to go to Canada one day!

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  11. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 7, 2017

    Thank you! You should definitely go, it’s worth the trip!

  12. Talebender

    July 7, 2017

    Wonderful adventures you’re enjoying…..good for you for seizing life together.
    Thanks for liking my post, The Solitary Sign.

  13. ruwengierls

    July 8, 2017

    Gorgeous photos! Glacier NP is really beautiful! Been so long that I went there…

  14. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 8, 2017

    Thank you! It is incredible. Definitely need to go again in this lifetime!

  15. ashwinkumar1989net

    July 8, 2017

    What an adventure you must have had! This Glacier National Park is utterly out of the world – everything from the sheep, moose, deer ; crystal clear water, snow right up to the thought of the bear cropping up in the middle of nowhere! wow that must have been super scary! Thanks for sharing – amazing pictures

  16. RD Recipe Resource

    July 8, 2017

    Gorgeous photos, I want to go!!

  17. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 8, 2017

    Thank you! I would definitely make it a bucket list vacation for sure!:)

  18. rebex0

    July 9, 2017

    Great post! Looks amazing ill have to add this to the list!

  19. northwestphotos

    July 9, 2017

    Wonderful photos! Glacier National Park is one of my favorite spots! Just to help you out a bit, the name of the white flowers that you said looked like something from a Dr Seuss book is called Bear Grass. The reason they are called that is because they look like the tail of a bear.
    Also, it is Logan Pass and not Logan’s Pass. A lot of people make this common mistake.

  20. Debbie L. Belair

    July 9, 2017

    Hi Kelsey, Great pics and nice write up too.

  21. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 9, 2017

    It was amazing! A trip to remember for sure ? Thanks for reading!

  22. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 9, 2017

    Thank you! I definitely recommend going someday!?

  23. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 9, 2017

    Thanks for the tips! ๐Ÿ™‚ sounds like you are a Glacier die hard!

  24. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 9, 2017

    Thank you Debbie!

  25. nikensmartini

    July 9, 2017

    Woooooowww the photos are so beautiful. Love those! Thanks for posting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Caitlin Mitchell

    July 9, 2017

    Omg just found your blog. Love it!! It looks like y’all had a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 9, 2017

    Thank you so much!?

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    July 9, 2017

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    Love your posts!

  29. Grammies Inspirations

    July 9, 2017

    I have a good friend that works there. Could there be a prettier place to work

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    July 9, 2017

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    July 9, 2017

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  32. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 9, 2017

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  33. suziejackson

    July 10, 2017

    Your pictures are amazing! I have just been travelling to some of the national parks in the USA, but I don’t think they compare to the beauty of Glacier National Park. This is now on my bucket list!!

  34. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 10, 2017

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s great to hear it’s on your list now! We have been to quite a few as well and Glacier was our favorite by far.

  35. There She Globes

    July 11, 2017

    Sign me up! You’re right – that water is so so blue! Gorgeous.

  36. birdysparadise

    July 11, 2017

    breathtaking and beautiful! definately on my bucket list.

  37. James J. Cudney IV

    July 12, 2017

    amazing photos and post. i can’t find the follow button! LOL

  38. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 12, 2017

    Thank you! You can enter your name and email into the box in the side bar that reads “Subscribe to my Blog!” Thanks for following ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. ExpeditionAnderson

    July 12, 2017

    Awesome pictures! I was there last year and going back this year (this time coming into Glacier from Canada. Love the blog btw.

  40. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 13, 2017

    Thank you! I hope you have a good second trip to Glacier. Make a stop in Banff if yoxu can!?

  41. VR

    July 13, 2017

    Ok. Seriously, wow!!! I am SO eager to do this hike!!

  42. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 13, 2017

    You will LOVE it!?

  43. Camie

    July 13, 2017

    I’m so glad you were able to visit such a beautiful national park! Love the photos.

  44. Coral Waight

    July 15, 2017

    Divine place! That’s the weirdest-looking goat I’ve ever seen.

  45. guineapigtraveler

    July 15, 2017

    This is so high on my bucket list! You have such amazing wildlife photos–one of the reasons I really want to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I am fascinated by bears, I am equally terrified of them, so who knows how I would have reacted in the daylight. With the sun setting it would have been terrifying to me!

  46. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 15, 2017

    He was so funny! Not even scared of humans!

  47. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 15, 2017

    You definitely need to go! The wildlife is amazing, but bear mace is a must!:)

  48. anextraordinaryandordinarylifeblog

    July 15, 2017

    Beautiful pics
    Made me wants to go for a hike right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 15, 2017

    Thank you!?

  50. guineapigtraveler

    July 15, 2017

    oh agreed!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. mopana

    July 16, 2017

    Wow! It looks fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚
    A lot of fun and a lot of beauties to be seen.

  52. Jeannette Delamoir

    July 17, 2017

    Really beautiful photographs, Kelsey. Maybe you and Gavin will get to Australia some day. I think you’d love the range of natural environments–very photogenic!

  53. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 17, 2017

    We are already planning a trip there! We have never been but know we will love it!?

  54. caurdaman

    July 17, 2017

    nice i love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Josh

    July 18, 2017

    We did see a few bears on our way up to Grinnell Glacier on July 1st. The water is the most beautiful blue ever. Great post. Go to Jasper National Park in Canada next. There are some awesome lakes, waterfalls, and huge glaciers there.

  56. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 19, 2017

    I’ve never heard of Jasper. We will definitely put it on our list! Thank you?

  57. Tara Mani

    July 20, 2017

    Amazing photos!

  58. lindasschaub

    July 20, 2017

    Kelsey … Such beautiful pictures and no wonder you had the download for a bucket list when someone first lands on your blog site … I am sure anyone who read this story and saw the pics of the animals (OMG, Gavin’s up-close deer and that huggable baby mountain goat) sure make them, just like me, want to put this trip on their bucket list. That water DOES look like Blue Gatorade. You said it all perfectly and made us feel like we were there with you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post, thus giving me the opportunity to make a pit stop here.

  59. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 20, 2017

    Thank you Tara!?

  60. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 20, 2017

    Thank you Linda! It was such an amazing trip! Keep up the awesomeness on your blog!?

  61. Daniela Soriano

    July 21, 2017

    This place looks absolutely magical!! ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

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  62. EmotionalNotions

    July 21, 2017

    God’s beauty, made to be enjoyed…

  63. nickhwx

    July 22, 2017

    Amazing views of the natural world! Thanks for sharing ?

  64. carolfromthecove

    July 23, 2017

    I have never been to Montana, but have always wanted to go. Thanks for informing me about this Park….. hiking is my favourite thing to do.

  65. acekayaker

    July 23, 2017

    Amazing photos!

  66. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 23, 2017

    If you love to hike then you would love it! Definitely add it to your bucket list!?

  67. Rebecka Johansson

    July 23, 2017

    Wow, This hike looks fantastic! Would really like to visit Canada for their amazing hike and biking trails! Are there many trails there?

  68. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 23, 2017

    You should definitely go! SO many amazing hiking trails. We loved every second of it and wished we could’ve stayed longer to hike more!

  69. girlsdiariesweb

    July 23, 2017

    Omg! I love your lifestyle! I hope one day I’ll travel to the beautiful places you’ve been! Amazing pics by the way!!?

  70. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 23, 2017

    Thank you! I hope you get to have all the fun adventures you could dream of!

  71. valentinodavid

    July 31, 2017

    Amazing, you really captured the vastness of the park! I think I know where my next adventure is going to be…

  72. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    July 31, 2017

    You should go for sure! You won’t regret it! We have had so many people go visit after we went and they absolutely loved it!

  73. lu's journey

    August 2, 2017

    Looks so beautiful I added it to my bucket list!
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  74. rezinate

    August 2, 2017

    Glacier is one of kind but the glaciers are receding at an alarming rate due to climate
    change and that will dramatically impact the ecosystem.

  75. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    August 2, 2017

    Awesome!

  76. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    August 2, 2017

    Yes it is very sad. Hopefully there is a future for climate control.

  77. Elsa Ogude

    August 7, 2017

    Your blog is amazing!

  78. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    August 7, 2017

    Thank you Elsa!

  79. MattB

    August 28, 2017

    There is no hike named “Logan’s Pass”.. Logan Pass is the Visitors Center and Parking area. You must be talking about the Hidden Lake Trail hike.
    Gorgeous pictures!

  80. pablovilas13

    September 2, 2017

    The blue in the water is glacier-ground rock flour. A ranger told me it would give me the runs if I drank it. Beautiful photos.

  81. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 3, 2017

    HAHA glad I didn’t drink the water then!;) and thank you!

  82. artofloveandmoney

    September 4, 2017

    Stunning photographs! I have never wanted to go to Montana so badly in all my life. Thanks for sharing!

  83. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 5, 2017

    Thank you! If you ever get the chance to visit you should!๐Ÿ˜„

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