We finally made it down past the snow and continued downward, waterfalls of snow melt cascading over the trail. Along the way we kept our eyes open for bears; the National Park Service signs at the trailhead warn of both black and grizzly bears. The warnings are most encouraging: If a grizzly bear attacks you, play dead. If it starts to eat you, fight back.
On the hike down, during which we saw no bears, I heard a song a I thought I recognized from my Birding by Ear CD's-- a Wilson's Warbler. I searched and he appeared-- a beautiful male Wilsons's Warbler-- another first for my life list!
We then hiked out to Exit Glacier. See the tiny people at the base of the glacier? They aren't really tiny; the glacier is immense! It was COLD near the glacier, with the glacial wind air conditioning the entire surroundings.
|Exit Glacier with people at the base|
|Zooming in on a crevasse|
|Stephen and me; Exit Glacier behind us|
New birds today: Rufous Hummingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Wilson's Warbler, Northwestern Crow