Wild Goose Island

“Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Legendary Wild Goose Island sits in St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier National Forest in Montana. Legend tells of two lovers from Indian tribes that lived on opposite sides of the lake that met and fell in love on the tiny island. Their tribes lived on opposite sides of the lake peacefully but without any interaction.  When a young warrior saw a beautiful maiden from the other tribe swimming towards the island he swam out to it too. It was love at first site and they got engaged.  Their tribes did not approve of the engagement so the couple met again on the island to elope. The tribes set out to stop them. Unable to run away the great spirit took pity on them and turned them into geese to fly away. When the tribes got to the island to stop them they only found two geese gently nuzzling each other on the neck. The flew away and were never seen again.  The island has been called Wild Goose Island from then on.

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