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   SCENES FROM GREAT FALLS, p. 2:
GIANT SPRINGS
STATE PARK

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

 
 

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 fish hatchery.

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW WHAT?

This is Labor Day, a good day to not be traveling.


Sunset view from our "front yard"

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.

We 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

Happy trails,

Sue
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup

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