Graupel Pelts Gals at Apikuni; Better Weather on Wilbur, Red Rocks
Despite a weather prediction of 50 percent chance of scattered rain and snow and a high of 47 degrees, the gals headed out to Many Glacier for a moderately easy day of hiking to three waterfalls. On this day, we welcomed Denise for her first Glacier hike with us. She had gone on Windy Point previously but she hadn't hiked Glacier yet.
The first falls we hiked was Apikuni, about 600 feet of elevation gain in less than a mile, so it is uphill, a great spring warm up to the hiking season. On the way we encountered rain and then graupel, necessitating rain gear. We saw much sign of moose but they didn't show themselves; however, we did see goats high on the hills. Those who braved the rock-climbing section of the trail found the falls were really rushing and spraying, adding to our already damp day.
After this falls, we drove to the Swiftcurrent parking lot and enjoyed a lunch on a picnic table in the camp ground before heading up the trail to Red Rock Falls. The falls were gorgeous with mountains of water spilling over the maroon-colored rocks. Some of the gals, led by Kuntzie, did a bit of rock climbing, despite the wet, slippery rocks and were rewarded with awe-inspiring views over the top of the falls. We also went to the nice pool with a cascade just above the falls. We thought about continuing on to Bullhead lake, but the weather was taking a turn for the worse and the sky really getting socked in, so we decided to pass. With the low-lying clouds, we couldn't really see anything anyway, so we ended the day at 3 p.m., a whole hour early than expected.
So we headed down the road, thinking we would eat at the Keg in Conrad only to find it closed for the holiday weekend. Roni asked some locals for advice on where to eat and they recommended the bowling alley, saying it had the same owners at the Keg and all of the food homemade. So we took a chance and it was good choice. The menu included interesting taco choices as well as many variations on a burger, fajitas and burritos. Note: the California burrito said it came with fries--we discovered the fries are actually part of the burrito.
Another interesting aside: Toni and Anita's boss was there: Brad B, principal at North Middle School. Some of us just couldn't get away from work! Who went: Cathy, Katie, Denise, Randi, Anita, Toni, Catherine, Roni, Bonnie