We camped out this weekend at Great Northern Flats, across the Northfork of the Flathead River from the western boundary of Glacier National Park, Montana (USA). After a night of thunderstorms, I awoke to this beautiful autumn mist all around us. This was taken at the northern end of the Flats (south of the campground), which was the only part of this area that was untouched by the Robert Fire of 2005. The mountain across the river is part of the Apgar Mountains, which form the western border of Glacier Park. The sun hadn’t quite cleared the top of the peaks yet.
This is all that remains of the old road that we used to travel to our unofficial camp spot. The Forest Service used to put posts in the ground to keep people from accessing this road. Somebody always pulled them out, which left it open for the rest of us. We could drive about a third of a mile south of the campground to a prime fishing and swimming hole on the river, where it split from the main channel and created a gravel island. We would set our tents up on the beach, which was a lot more comfortable to sleep on than the hard ground in the official camp spots.
Unfortunately, the road finally eroded and dropped into the river to the point where the Forest Service hauled in huge boulders to block it off. We still walk this road, but it’s a bit too far to haul my husband’s oxygen tanks and all the other camping gear.
Photo taken October 2, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.