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St. Mary Lake Boat Ride and Baring Falls hike, MT
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St. Mary Lake Boat Ride and Baring Falls hike, MT 
St. Mary Lake Boat Ride and Baring Falls hike, MT
 
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I had scheduled a boat ride at the 3900 acre St Mary Lake to use it as our guaranteed ticket for the Going to the Sun Road Pass because we would have no internet access to get tickets coming off our backpacking trip.  We weren't sure if there would be extra boat tickets available but there were, so Ambika bot a ticket. (I didn't know at the time I booked mine what our exact travel plans would be but the boat ticket at least guaranteed passage on the GTTSR)

There are two boats making this run thus they can take a lot of passengers.  We were very lucky that it was a smooth St Mary Lake for our absolutely wonderful tour.  The opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake. Our driver was a Biology grad from Kentucky. They always do a good job of talking about the area. We left at noon and arrived back at 1:30.

I've lost track of how many times I've taken this ride but I enjoy it as much as I did the first time (I think in 2001).  Once again, I'll post a few pictures.  I did a lot of filming of movies and put together a three part video. 
[ youtube video ] heading up lake (west)
[ youtube video ] includes Baring Falls hike
[ youtube video ] continuing back to Rising Sun Dock

Afterwards, we had a late lunch at the Two Dog Flat restaurant at the Rising Sun where I got to try "Huck It" for the first time, on draft.  It's a new huckleberry beer and it is 🐻 berry 🐻 good.  They also had burnt pork ends and they were so tasty.  The Xanterra restaurants in the Park all try to have a somewhat unique menu so it's fun to dine in their restaurants if you get a chance.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
 
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