Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Glacier National Park, Going to the Sun Road

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On July 25    


We finally got to the Going to the Sun Road.

My emotions were high, my expectations even higher.  We decided to take the trolley/buses to Logan's Pass.  This is a great service for those that are a bit leery of driving mountain roads themselves.   I am so very glad we did the bus thing for Man.  He got to gaze and look and never have to take his eyes OFF the landscape.  That is a rare treat for my driver supreme.  For me.  Well, not so much.  I found the crowds to be upsetting, noisy, some of the little ones very wild and the parents of same little ones did not seem to care that their little ones were playing in the middle of the bus driving/parking area.  Waiting for the buses on an extremely busy  HOT summer day, well, ok, I'm spoiled and I was tired and well, my patience was thin, to non-existent.  My bad.  The photographer in me was very disappointed.  I have yet to figure out how to take acceptable (to me) photo out of a bus window.

For example, here is a photo.  Probably a fat finger photo, but, still it shows the issues, frame and reflections/glare.

I included this one to show some more glare.  If you look closely in the blue sky you will see the word "Logan's Pass" in the sky. The reflection is from the digital screen over the driver.  It's backwards, but, it's there. LOL

Same photo, seriously cropped.  There are other methods to digitally enhance/edit, cropping on this one is not the best approach.  Still, it's a pretty shot, what with the river in the foreground.  Yes, the foreground, is a bit out of focus, we were rolling, shows movement??  LOL

Working our way up the mountain.

As you will see, I took several shots of this mountain.

Shot through the front windshield, a bit of zoom and a lot of luck.

Still rolling, here's that mountain and the snow/glaciers.  Interesting note, from what we learned during our visit at Glacier, the number of glaciers is down from 150 in 1850. Now, a glacier is not snow pack.  A glacier is snow packed over time that actually MOVES, from the weight of the snow. Depending on the source you use, they say that all glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone by 2020 or 2030.  There are currently about 25 active glaciers in the park.

Now, I believe this is Bridal Veil Falls.  I will stand corrected if someone knows otherwise. Please let me know.

We may have stopped for this photo op, I am not sure 4 years later.  I can tell you that Sony and I used a lot of zoom to capture this.

In attempts to get photos, I even shot out the long thin windows of the van/bus.  I know, right??  LOL  Laughter aside, it is an interesting shot, even showing a bit of depth (almost 3 dimensional).

Another pretty water fall.  I love water falls.  By looking at the tree in the foreground, I can tell you this one was taken while rolling.

Logan's Pass.   6,647 feet.  Very little snow, and it is hard to believe that some springs they find 90 FEET of snow drifted over the Going to the Sun Road when they begin plowing.

I'll show you more photos from our stop at Logan's Pass next time.  Flowers, hiking, creatures.

Information about the shuttle bus services can be found here.

See ya soon at Logan's Pass (well, the 2013 version of our visit there).


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hungry Horse Dam, West Shore State Park at Flathead Lake

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In July     2013   We are visiting the area surrounding Glacier National Park.  Even tho we had recently visited Libby Dam, we decided to run up to Hungry Horse Dam.  And, in the same day, we drove down to West Shore State Park at Flathead Lake.   

The dam building began in July of 1948, and the power plant started up in 1952, the dam itself was completed in 1953. Here we are looking down.  It was BIG!  One of the brochures claims it is 564 feet high and the crest is 2115 feet long.

Yes, you can drive it, or walk it, we chose to walk at least part of it.

In the 1990's, the generators produced up to 428,000 kilowats of electricity, they say, that is enough to power about 270,000 homes.  The power is sold and the funds are used to pay for the construction costs and the maintenance of the entire "Hungry Horse Project".

Resting Sony on the walls, looking down to Hungry Horse Reservoir.

I cannot remember exactly where this was, and the GPS on Sony and Google Photos did not tell me.  No matter, so pretty, who really cares??

On our way from Hungry Horse to Flathead Lake.  Picturesque, yes, indeed.

This is the West Shore State Park at Flathead Lake. The clear water was gorgeous.

A little ride on a personal watercraft to wile the afternoon away.

And, what have we here?  This is north of the state park, in a geographic area Google maps called Somers.  I saw this nest on our way to the park and we managed to find a place to pull off on the way back to Tana.  Thanks to Sony zoom.  Osprey.

I never saw any chicks.

I do note that this was near the Flathead Salmon Hatchery - - dinner is served.

I had fun getting these captures.  As far as I know, these still may be the best Osprey photos I have snapped.

And, I cannot tell you exactly where this is, so, if you know where this "horse and buggy" are, please let me know.

The next day, July 25th, we would spend many hours in Glacier National Park, destination, Going to the Sun Road and Logan's Pass.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Glacier National Park, Camas Road and Lake McDonald Lake

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FINALLY Glacier National Park.


The west entrance area: 

Well, it was July, and it was the west side and it was Glacier.  And, it was extremely crowded.  After finding a parking spot near Apgar and getting ready for a walk/hike back to the visitors center and such, this was our first "scenic" outlook.  Not bad, not bad at all!

We spent some time wandering around, checking out trolley information, maps, where to park for the trolley, times the trolley ran.

Then, we headed over to the Camas Road drive.  This was an area of previous fires. You can see Mother Nature reclaiming and new growth (pines?).

We pulled over at every opportunity.  Looking at that mountain range.  Longingly.

This guy was all by himself, fly fishing. Looks like a good place to be by oneself.

We turned back towards Lake McDonald.

At one of the pull offs, I spied daisies.  Of course, I had to have a photo.  Love fences too. Double win.

At Lake McDonald, Man said the water was cold!  LOL

And, look how clear!

And, some cannot stay out of the water, no matter how cold, dogs and kids!

This view will hold me for a bit, just, SIGHHHHH.

We had our maps, and our plan for our first visit to Logan's Pass.  That would come in 2 days.  First, we visited Hungry Horse Dam area.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Libby Montana to Coram Montana

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July      22        2013


Glacier, here we come!!

Our last travel day on the long, over 9  months travel since we left the stickbuilt, and today we will arrive within a stones throw of Glacier!!!

We were not on the road long when this is what we see.  Snow, July.  My excitement is growing.

And, then, we hit a construction zone, Montana style.  They took this road down to the gravel/dirt.  It was dusty.

It was also slow, I noted on the GPS, that at one point we were going 5.8 MPH.

Soon, however, we were on pavement again, heading to Glacier.

Again, the contrasts, flat land, and then, a outcropping of stone, with a topping of evergreens.

Toss in some barns, a red one even!

OK, we HAVE to be getting close now!!

Flathead River/Lake, yea, my maps show both names in the general area.  No matter, it's water and it leads to Glacier!

Out my side window, and if you look closely, you can see Tana in the side view mirror. Proof, photographic proof!

Our drive today was about 120 miles.  We would set up the house/Tana and finally on July 23rd, we would enter Glacier National Park for the first time.  It would be a short fact gathering visit.