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Many Glacier is said to be the most beautiful part of Glacier National Park. This morning, we left our hotel at 6 AM to go from East Glacier Park to Many Glacier. It was still quite dark and the road very windy, requiring my full concentration. However, as we approached the town of St Mary, the sun peeked out from a thick fog with its rosy fingers, to borrow Homer’s words.

Sunrise near St Mary, MT.

Sunrise near St Mary, MT.

After that, we went on to Many Glacier, but the sun insisted on hiding behind thick clouds for the rest of the day. None of the photos I took afterwards had the same intensity of sun and colors as yesterday (see Two Medicine).

Swiftcurrent Lake at Many Glacier.

Swiftcurrent Lake at Many Glacier.

Afterwards, the same lack of sunlight dampened our mood while driving through Going-to-the-Sun road, the famed curvaceous highway that led from St Mary to West Glacier. There were many cars and buses, and each scenic spot attracted people with their cameras and cell phones ready to capture the scenery. But I quickly decided not to shoot mountain peaks or vistas, and concentrated instead on some mini waterfalls along Going-to-the-Sun road, each framed by trees in full fall colors. They looked much better than washed out skies.

Water falls along Going-to-the-Sun road.

Waterfall along Going-to-the-Sun road.

Distance travelled so far: 3,005 miles. We stopped for the night in Whitefish, MT.

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