Part of Glacier National Park's fame stems from the variety and diversity of magnificent landscapes it offers. Most people will travel the main artery, the Going to the Sun Road, and stick close to it during their Glacier trip. But one of the best easy day hikes is Avalanche Lake. I offered to Alexis and Mike the option of driving along and stopping at all the usual spots, or using our two hours to throw all our eggs in one basket at Avalanche. They suggested I should do whatever I wanted so we took the risky route because I am not one to avoid risk. We had to hurry as the light was dwindling, but I think we had about ten minutes of shooting light once we reached the top and we took full advantage, even including a small wade out into the lake for the couple. Some other visitors, upon learning the couple was from Michigan, gave them some local bear knowledge by telling Alexis and Mike that bears like to walk on the trail at night because it's easier to see there. It was a good inside joke which I didn't reveal for a little while, and fortunately we did not see or hear any bears.
Location: Glacier National Park, Montana.