Departing Location: Cottonwood River
The name of this place will show you our path,
We'll pay it a visit, if you do the math,
It's chilly and chunky and off the main way,
Drops down the valley and into a lake.
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N 56o 02.578'
W 129o 54.448'
It snowed over night. So we woke up in our little cocoon of a tent. Mark got up and made breakfast. As we ate, we listened to wolves howling up on the mountains. They sang for a long time. It was beautiful, especially since we didn't actually see them. No doubt they would sniff around the campsite after we left. We didn't hang around too long, but we did enjoy the howling while we ate.
Driving through the mountains.... Does it ever get old?
Welcome to Belle 2. A lodge and gas station on the highway in the middle of nowhere. A beautiful place... I mean take a look at those gas pump shelters. (and yes, there is a geocache here too).
The weather may have been pretty crappy, but we got to see the glacier. (My man is awesome - how many birthday trips include hotsprings, wild animals AND glaciers). This is a class A provincial park - crown land with protection status, the day use area has been closed and there is no camping. There aren't any trails over to the glacier, so viewing it from the pullout on the highway is really the only option. The glacier is currently retreating. Strohn Lake is at the bottom of the glacier.
We wanted to continue down this side highway to another provincial park with a campground, but due to road washouts that are still under reconstruction, the road is only open sporadically to traffic following a pilot car. We didn't want to wait the two hours until the next pilot car was leaving, so we turned around and found a nice rec site off the main highway to camp at for the night.