Can You Love A Place?

Falling for Logan Pass in Glacier National Park

Tim Rains

Subject: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park

Can you love a place? I have. Up at Logan Pass, the pinnacle and heart of the Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, I have experienced all the emotions of love. There has been young, foolish love, early in spring when my eyes are filled with the fields of yellow glacier lilies and all I can think about is the summer and the adventures to come. There has been the bitter, waiting love, as I stood in the parking lot in the fall, with the wind whipping ice, snow, and rain sideways into my jacket while I waited for the clouds to break. And then there has been the love that comes with time. The one that found me sitting on a park bench, after a long hike to the peak, watching the sunset turn the sky pink, lavender, rose, and then deepen into blue. I thought about the view from way, way, way up there and how triumphant I felt. It was my first peak in the park. I am reminded that often a place can be all of these emotions. Maybe this is why I return. Maybe it’s why you should stay. All I know is it feels like love, and I like being in love. 

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An explorer, wanderer, photographer-artist, Tim Rains is a national park ranger seeking out connection and community to Montana’s wild places.  Come, explore with him as he discovers why Montana's glacier country is considered "the last best place." Follow Tim on Instagram @rangerrains or view more of his work at

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