This is our fourth time spending a few days in Great Falls
before/after our Alaska trips.
Each time I've enjoyed either cycling or walking on the trails along
the river at Giant Springs State Park. I think there is a fee for
out-of-state visitors if you drive in from the road but if you hike or
bike on the river trail there is no fee to view the springs and small
Here are some scenes I took on a two-mile loop hike with Cody along
the upper and lower trails between the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
and the park:
Those aren't ships in the river,
but islands. There are too many falls and dams for ships.
Above and below: looking
down at a fishing pond by the river
Above and below: fishing
area from river level
The next group of photos shows the springs from a paved
pathway encircling the water, a very short "river" running from them to
the Missouri River, and trout at the fish hatchery:
This is Labor Day, a good day to not be traveling.
Sunset view from our "front
This afternoon we prepared to leave tomorrow morning for a two-day drive
to the Grand Teton area. We aren't sure if we'll aim for
Reunion Flat, a Forest Service campground on the west side of the Tetons, or the national park on the
east side of the mountain range.
don't have a reservation at either place and have no idea if we can find
a good spot even though it's after Labor Day. The weather is still quite
warm so both campgrounds could be full.
Next entry: the scenic mountain drive through Montana and
Idaho to the Tetons
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2015 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil