On Memorial Day, five of us left Great Falls at 8 a.m. for Flesher Pass. On this holiday, we expressed our thankfulness and honor for the men and women who died while serving in the U. S. military.
Gail led the hike to orient Jo Ann and Catherine to the trail since they will be co-leading a National Trails Day hike there on June 3. Thank you Gail, and thank you for driving, Catherine. Also, thanks to Katie for organizing the hike.
It was a lovely sunny day with a slight breeze. There was snow on the mountain tops. We were grateful there was none on the trail. Along the trail, we encountered a few downed trees, but they were not difficult to go around. There were many dead trees, both still standing and down, with beautiful lime green moss growing on them. We were treated to many wildflowers: Glacier Lily, Shooting Star, Larkspur, Heartleaf Arnica, Yellow Violets, Ballhead Waterleaf, Blue-eyed Mary, Spring Beauty, Oregon Grape, Stoneseed, Strawberry, and Mouse-eared Chickweed.
After our hike, we drove to Lincoln and toured the Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, an international sculpture park celebrating the rich cultural, environmental and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. Then, on Cathy’s recommendation, we had a late lunch at the Bushwhacker. Good choice, Cathy.
On our way home, we talked about how grateful we are that we live in Montana where we can hike to so many beautiful places with a great GIG group. Who went: Gail, Catherine, Jo Ann, Bonnie W, Cathy K.