Last Sunday we touched down in East Glacier. We were home-based there for a full week within close proximity of the Two Medicine entrance to the park and less than 15 minutes from Browning, which is where I touched down for a day, 20 years ago, after my train ride from LA and was taken in by a family of Blackfeet Indians. I couldn’t remember the city’s name until I arrived and we drove through, which triggered instant recognition and full circle activation. This last week proved to be incredibly integrative of my human and cosmic essence, energetically invigorating, and soul retrieving on deeper levels that extended into a collectively supportive experience both of and beyond self and one I am unable to express in words, but seems apparent in photos.
We arrived at our rv park, a nice small and quiet one, and our site had a beautiful view (overlooking what you see below) that was perfectly inspiring for the personal sound channelings and Magick Stones I was creating.
From the first day onward, truly magickal experiences kept unfolding.
We ventured on a 7 mile hike to Rockwell Falls on our first intro here.
We arrived at Two Medicine Lake to take in the amazing views before heading on the main trailhead from there. It was a more mystical day than a later sunburst one we experienced, but the water was still and like glass.
There are actually three Two Medicine Lakes – Upper, Middle, and Lower. We were at Middle Two Medicine, or simply Two Medicine, which it is known as.
There is a history behind the name, which includes two medicine lodges that used to be here and used sacredly by the Blackfeet Indians.
It was just stunning and so expansive. I continue to fall in love more and more with Glacier National Park. I have loved each of the parks we have visited, all for different reasons and enjoying their unique energies and visual variety that touch different parts of my soul.
Yet there is something in Glacier that has been so soul enriching for me on a different level I can’t describe and all-encompassing.
From the moment we arrived to West Glacier (our first intro) I was just beaming with excitement and on a high for some reason. I literally was jumping up and down and ecstatic. Dave hadn’t seen me that way at any other place.
I can only explain it as a deep soul resonance and alignment of energies here that activated something within me.
The more I experienced of Glacier the more I’ve been amazed at how it is so otherworldly and like an integration of so many beautiful places wrapped into one treasure-full gift.
Waterton Lakes National Park (where we are now and sits at the north end of Glacier) continues as such as well.
I could never fully decipher where I was, and didn’t try to, because it felt to me like so many places of which I love.
I saw elements of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Montana, but also places like the Swiss Alps and Scandinavia region of Northern Europe, including my beloved Iceland.
It’s incredibly telling that at one time Glacier National Park once had 150 glaciers and now only has 25. Global warming and shifts definitely are showing their effects and it may not be long before this park may need to be named Glaciated National Park.
Anyway, I love it and amazing wildlife connections continued here and amped up.
On this first day an enchanting giant dark grayish brown with white underfeet snowshoe hare made herself known. She is the only creature I did not capture in any photos, as her elusive mystery I felt was meant to be a blip of emergence through a portal.
She was another manifestation of Nestor for sure and showed up twice in the same place on two separate days…both times, no ability to photograph and the second time only I saw her and not Dave, but she lingered longer with me since I was farther ahead of Dave on the path. As soon as he arrived, she took off in a flash.
It was the largest rabbit I’ve ever seen, so powerful looking, and so beautiful with that grayish brown coat and white underfeet that glowed in a flash as she took off, exposing those strong back legs pounding the air and ground in powerful and agile leaps. She was more than just a snowshoe hare.
And that first day continued with butterfly energy, lots of little furry ones and our first beautiful encounter with a moose, which I posted about in Moose Magick.
Amazing indeed and she returned the immediate next day we hiked to Aster Falls, which then concluded with a magickal rainbow like out of a Faery Tale.
Every day was filled with spectacular wildflowers galore in every variety lacing the fields our hikes flowed through. They were intoxicating and enchanting. A Faery’s delight!
The next day we drove up to the St. Mary upper east entrance and saw Jackson Glacier at the overlook then hiked 5 miles to St. Mary Falls and beyond.
We stopped by St. Mary Lake to take in vistas and saw a lot of little animal friends along the way again.
The day following was a hike to Paradise Point, Appistoki Falls, and Running Eagle Falls (named after a Blackfeet Indian woman – she was a tribeswoman who lived around 1825, became a very skilled and brave warrior and hunter, was instructed by the village elders to go on a vision quest in order to find her true calling, which she did near these falls, was able to tell of her adventures in the Medicine Lodge ceremonies while also becoming a member of the Braves Society of young warriors, and died in a battle against a party of Flatheads near the Sun River.)
Then we decided the next day to take the Sinopah shuttle boat from one end of Two Medicine Lake (Middle) to the other end so that we could explore that area.
Here’s a little history on this area and where the name Sinopah, which the boat is named after, as well as the “crown jewel” of the Two Medicine area – Sinopah Mountain:
“The Blackfeet Indians considered the Two Medicine area “The Backbone of the World,” and in addition to the normal usage for sustenance, used this portion of what would eventually become Glacier National Park for vision quests. The story of how the area came about its name is taken from the writings of James Willard Schultz, who was adopted into the Blackfeet tribe and had an Indian wife: The Blackfeet Confederacy was divided into three tribes: the Pikuni, the Bloods, and the Blackfeet. In the spring each tribe held an Okan’—a religious ceremony—and it just so happened that one year two of the tribes, the Pikunis and Bloods, happened to hold theirs at the same time and in the same place. After that the river was called Two Medicine Lodges, or Two Visions Lodges River—later shortened to Two Medicine. The combination of forested lakes, seemingly endless combinations of cliffs, walls, spires, and towering peaks, make it easy to see in this place a special significance! The name “Sinopah” is a derivative of two Blackfeet words. Sinopa is the word for the kit (prairie) fox, and Sinopaki means “Fox Woman.” Sinopah was the Indian wife of Hugh Monroe (Rising Wolf), and daughter of Lone Walker, a powerful Blackfeet chief. All three of the mountains bearing the names of these individuals are in the Two Medicine area.” ~summitpost.org
We decided to do the hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake, which provides opportunity for an offshoot trail to Twin Falls.
This was another stunning hike in this Glacier, which we enjoyed very much.
It ended up being 8 miles total because although we made it back in time to catch the return boat, since there were so many people who were staying on the boat and not getting off, there were only 12 spaces open to the nearly 40 or 50 people waiting. I got on, but Dave was #13, so I got off with him and we decided to hike back to our starting point rather than wait another 1/2 hour or so for a boat to come back to get everyone.
It ended up adding more loveliness to the day’s journey (I actually remarked on it being a vision quest of my own) and eventually hooked us back up with the main trailhead we’d taken twice before when we saw the moose. However, today we didn’t catch her, as it was too early for her feeding time, according to her time she’s shown up the last two times. But as I mentioned before, the amazing snowshoe hare showed up again in the same place I’d seen her before, on this day. This time she lingered longer and ran off when Dave came close and his feet made noise in the brush.
She just didn’t want her photo taken, as I’d never had the time to get one, being so enthralled and just wanting to connect in what ever brief moments I knew I may have. The same took place a few days later with Grizzlies we came across in Waterton – photos unattainable, but the experiences quite amazing to be in as long as we had the chance (will share on that soon).
What I came to notice alongside this area being energetically invigorating, was that I seemed to become physically stronger than ever and like the energizer bunny.
We do a lot of hiking, averaging 3-6 miles daily on average, with occasional 2 mile days and then the 7-10 miles days. Lately doing more of the latter in the 6-10 mile region.
And although this takes place, I still can feel challenged or want to take things slower to pace myself.
However, my energy has been infused with something that’s making me like an energizer bunny and I’ve been a little speedster on hikes, outdoing Dave, leading instead of following, and getting us through hikes lickety split. So this 8 mile hike around the Two Medicine Lakes took us just under 2 1/2 hours. Lol!
I also just noticed I haven’t had the allergy and laugh triggered cough I would get on random occasion in my lungs where I’d have to cough up stuff. I’m sensing the energy resonation where I am and more integration on soul levels is the culprit for this.
So a lot of physical manifestations mirroring what I was feeling internally on all of the other levels.
Not to mention, there was the whole connection with this sacred land – Blackfeet Country – and knowing of my soul connection to them. I had the deep sense of doing healing for this land and for the Blackfeet, which was evident when I stepped into the grocery store in Browning and drove through the town a bit, was energetically needed on an ancestral level of wholeness reconnection.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I hadn’t been aware that we would be stationed near Browning (Blackfeet reservation), nor that that was the city I’d stopped in those 20 years ago. I had forgotten the name, but just knew it was on the east side because I had journeyed through Glacier on that trip back then – my first solo sacred journey – and I remembered what the train station looked like and the view that you could see from it over the flat fields with Glacier’s mountains in the background.
We found that station and I saw that view and it all came back as if then, but now from a whole other perspective. I didn’t take a photo, but I found this photo of it online when I googled the Browning train station so that you could see what it looked like. Hasn’t changed since 20 years ago.
I’d been grateful that visit for the Blackfeet Indian who was closing up the train station that day after my arrival and invited me to his home. I’d been grateful for the connections with his family and one of his family members that was my age whom I stayed in touch by snail mail for a period of time after my return home.
I remember then that I’d felt I was there for a reason. And I felt it again, now, that I was there again in much the same way, but returning with much more awareness and ability to work things energetically.
And I know there is more to come.
I’ve been very focused on my sacred connection to the land, Earth, the plants and animals. I’ve especially been delving into my medicine and shamanic work, as well as the integration of this rich nature connection with my cosmic self and the stars.
This place, this area, the energy here, all felt mirroring of this space I have entered and invited into my dance of life more.
And that continued through our time in Glacier, ending with the magickal day I shared about in my post Spreading Ashes, Spreading Joy ~ Cosmic Encounters & Sacred Connections as we ventured to the northern east, Many Glacier entrance to the park where we hiked to Grinnell Lake and Hidden Falls.
This is also where we checked out Many Glacier Hotel, which was like a Swiss Alps Chalet. So beautiful and stunning views from every room within, including the sitting area we had refreshments in.
My time here felt full circle perfect. And yet while it felt like closure to some things, it simultaneously feels like the opening and activation to many more things to come.
Where I seeded things those 20 years ago, I’d now come to nurture the seeds sown.
There will be a time for blossoming.
As we sipped hot tea and listened to the sound of pouring rain this morning (which we’re doing again right now), I peered out from my desk and saw a blanket of fog between us and Arches National Park, just revealing the silhouette of the rocks, but covering the portal arches from sight – a veil between worlds emerged to allow only inner sight to lead us through to a new reality.
The power went out again this morning – the second time in three days – and the raging winds of change have turned to downpours of cleansing sky tears mirroring a time for more unplugging, reviewing, releasing, and readying for new actions.
At times it has felt like things weren’t happening, but a lot has been in very deep ways with old programming getting an upgrade.
One must come to terms with letting go AND letting in, not just in idea and theory, but actualization.
Times of breakthroughs to the other side of the portals of experience rather than needing to make literal breaks are here, as we realize that not only have we changed immensely, but our processes do not resemble the old ones any longer either.
We can bend time and reality, and we can transmute through our flexibility and embrace.
Today has been another more quiet day with less outward doing, but more downtime to let the realizations of change take root.
Our last days in Utah are proving to be integrative, readying us for the journey forward into Colorado.
We’ve been in Utah for six weeks of deep exploration and the winds, rain, and electrical outages seem to be mirroring a complete rewiring and recharge, as we will literally be moving from one energetic realm to another and crossing the state lines into a different reality.
Yesterday was filled with symbolism too on the three mile Corona Arch Trail.
It’s set atop a stunning slickrock setting and you get two arches for the price of one hike, as you get to also see Bowtie Arch, which sits adjacent to it.
There’s an old ladder harnessed to the rocks at one point to help you climb up the pour-off and metal ropes in a couple of areas to help you climb up and not slide off the slickrock.
On topographical maps Corona Arch is often times called Little Rainbow Bridge. You can see why in the photos of it and this name felt more resonant with its energy to me.
It feels so alive and almost like the cliff has extended its leg and taken a step forward, anchoring it on the Earth to create a bridge to the other side.
Both arches were pretty amazing, creating two gateways to enter.
The first more like a cave into the sky with a visible opening sitting atop a mirroring, but cave-like indentation that would seem impassable, but that’s merely what the physical eyes would have you think.
It’s almost like a male and female counterpart of portals at Bowtie Arch where two portals stand in unison, connected at center and are both accessible if you know the key.
One might seem more obvious, but my sense is to get through it, you must understand them both.
So, the obvious becomes the deep mystery of alchemy and knowing how to work both of your parts together.
I was wearing my braided pig tails, so I decided to have some fun with them at this arch.
While these energies are potent and yes, at times takes some serious reflection and commitment, it’s important to also have fun with it all.
Each of the arches we’ve seen have felt initiatory.
And these were no exception.
There are active train tracks you must pass on the hike and are warned to do so with extreme caution.
Dave made sure that our passing was safe, literally listening for the vibrations. Hehe!
You also pass this field of cairns, which is super cool. I’ve never seen so many in one place. From tiny to large, people have built cairns here from the broken rubble of fallen rock from the canyon cliffs.
Some of them made into mini arches too. It was like a miniature Faeryland.
On this hike I also saw more wild flower varieties than I’d seen in any one place at one time. I didn’t photograph them all, but there were varieties in each of the colors of pink, purple, white, yellow, and orange.
That felt very richly fertile for new opportunities and growth emerging and the ability to choose from many possibilities – or doorways.
On the way back, after our time at the arches we passed a blind man hiking with his wife. He had two poles he felt along the ground with and she was ahead letting him know what was coming.
That was really potent and reiterated the power of our inner eye to guide us, rather than only looking at the surface of things.
We could all do a little more “feeling” of our way through life than we are currently.
On our drive back, we stopped at two petroglyph walls that sit along the Colorado River. These were incredible with much more intricate depictions than we’d seen, and a variety of new images.
The petroglyphs have increased in detail along our journey and these were quite elaborate, and also so well defined.
They included a very large Bear (I intuited it was a bear right away and after we saw a sign that confirmed this feeling), which was pretty cool given the Bear symbolism I’ve had over the months.
The Bear was drawn showing all five toes on each foot, which is pretty detail specific. I placed my hand in them and it was an exact fit, as if they’d been molded after mine.
There were some other cool markings as you can see, different animal depictions, energy movement, and things like tracks, calendars, or pathways.
We then came across two wild turkeys after the petroglyphs, which ended off the day.
Turkeys symbolize abundance, connection with and honor of Mother Earth, harvesting the fruits of your labor, being nourished and satisfied with life, blessings from Earth, revealing your true self, endings, and beginnings.
Although we still have tomorrow before leaving, yesterday felt like a preparation of closure and bringing all things together. Today grounding that, as we’ve been more quiet and allowing action to take place on the inside while the rain clears way with our intents of release.
And after the hike yesterday I spoke with my parents on the phone to see how they are and what they shared went along with the symbolism of the turkeys and the abundance of flowers I’d seen.
They shared that they have started their own veggie garden.
A man they knew was getting rid of crates and they took a few of the two-by-two crates, filled them with soil and planted three varieties of tomatoes, red, green and yellow peppers, different lettuces, and strawberries.
I thought that was very cool that they were going to start growing their own food. They’ve also gotten a sun oven since I told them about mine and they do a lot to be self sufficient if needed, not to mention have been doing their own explorations and journeying to discover new places, as well as taking more time to do things they love.
The more we integrate and embody the changes, the more others around us will also start making changes and doing new things relative to their experience.
And so I continue on this journey with open arms and steady foot to greet the new with humbling honor and to step forward with deliberate and intentional action.