Hiking to Avalanche Lake in the Rain with Great Friends, October 2015
When you find a group of people who will gladly put on all of their rain gear and join you on a hike to Avalanche Lake in the rain – you grab onto them as hiking buddies and never let go!
When my friend Fran asked me to join her on a hike with a work colleague, I was excited to take them on a hike in Glacier National Park. I told her that since it was on October 31, the weather may not be great. Sure enough, the forecast called for 100% rain. When I told her to look at the forecast, and she said she was still in, I knew that Fran would be a forever friend!
My hiking buddy Bryan joined us in the rain, and the four of us set off in our rain coats through the gorgeous forest that is the hike to Avalanche.
I have always been a fair weather hiker, so I am thrilled to find out that the wet weather in the spring and the fall doesn’t mean I have to stay in until the snow falls! This was a much different scene than what we had only a few weeks ago when I hiked it with my kids. The golden colors are already almost gone up here! Soon it will be winter.
I thought with the rain that we would have a good chance of running into some animals, as we only saw a few other people the entire day, and that was not until we were on our way back. But except for one mountain goat high on the cliffs above the lake, we didn’t see anything else, not even the usual chipmunks that are around. Perhaps all of the animals have hibernated for the winter?!
There was a fresh coat of snow on the mountains high above the lake, and the whispy clouds definitely added a different mood to this popular part of Glacier National Park.
The weather people were not kidding with the 100% rain. It did not stop raining the entire day! The hardest part of this is trying to get a good photo in the rain without getting all of our cameras wet. Thankfully I had the GoPro for a group shot.
I definitely learned my lesson about wearing my sneakers in this wet of weather, and even though I don’t like wearing boots while I am hiking, I will be switching to my waterproof hiking boots now that we are into November. It is hard to believe it is November, right?! When did November happen?
I also brought my new Kammok hammock with us to the lake, and we had way too much fun messing around with it! Thanks to Kammok for sending me the Kammok to try out! I am obsessed with their hammoks, because they are fabulous colors, and they are wider and better than other hammocks that I have owned. Both of my kids can sit cozy in this thing with one of our dogs, too! Be sure to check them out! We had a little too much fun that day, determining that we don’t need trees to use a hammock! (Thanks to the guys for being good sports!!) Hopefully I didn’t hurt their shoulders too bad! I swear they did get me off the ground some of the time!
We had a great day, despite the rain! Don’t let a rainy day deter you from getting outside. Waterproof equipment is beneficial if you do plan on braving this weather! And bring a Kammok with you no matter what the weather!
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
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