May 11, 2012
Two countries, two provinces, one state and the Blackfeet people share common boundaries and stewardship of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Heritage Site – what we Americans commonly call Glacier National Park.
It strikes me that GNP is a place of reflection, both literal and figurative. It’s populated with deep, calm lakes made possible by glaciers which eroded large valleys between the mountains some of which are filled with water. The glaciers scooped out the valleys leaving rock and gravel behind them which now form the lake bottoms. The icy still waters, like Lake McDonald, offer crystal clear reflections of the majestic Rocky Mountains neighboring them. It is a scene that inspires contemplation. It is a scene that soothes.
But like so many serene vistas, turmoil lurks just beyond the calm veneer. Lake McDonald is fed by Sprague Creek which, during this time of year, is a raging torrent of runoff.
It is exhilarating to behold. The mighty power of water – creator and destroyer.
Reflections are not always mirror images.