Monday, June 20, 2011

Glacier National Park

As you may have guessed, we've been gone this past week off to the north country. Last Monday, the day after a grand birthday (our son and me)/Father's Day (early) celebration at our daughter and son-in-law's condo, we hopped in the car and headed for Glacier National Park. When we'd gone about as far as Ellensburg, we realized that despite our checklist, we'd forgotten our camera. Turning around was out of the question, so when we got to Spokane, we stopped at Target and purchased a stand-in, not a very fancy one, but adequate for everything but closeups. As a result, we arrived at our destination an hour later than planned.

So far this summer, the weather has been unusually chilly and rainy in Glacier, like it has been here in Bellevue. On Wednesday though it was relatively clear, so we decided to drive to East Glacier. (The "Going to the Sun" highway isn't open yet, and folks were saying that it probably won't open until mid-July, about a month later than normal!) All the streams were running high with lots of cascading waterfalls along the road.

Look at all the snow!

Since 1936, these red touring cars have been taking visitors to the various points of interest in the park. Aren't they cute?

We were greeted on this trail, glad that our greeter wasn't a bear.

We saw another deer off the road at a helipad and some mountain goats off in the distance further down the road.

With our binoculars and spotting scope we could see about 15 goats perched on this cliff. They are certainly sure-footed! Oh, how we missed our good camera to take a closeup of these tiny white spots that are really mountain goats!

Despite the chilly weather, we saw lots of flowers. Fields of glacier lilies and shooting stars were everywhere along with heart-leaf arnica.
arnica
shooting stars
On our last day in the park, we hoped for a nice day to hike to Avalanche Lake which takes off right where the road is closed. Well, it rained hard, and all we managed was the nature trail.

This is my Morton Salt Girl moment!

On Friday we left the park and headed for Libby, Montana, to visit a high school friend of Dick's whom he hadn't seen for 50 years! More about that later, I need to go do some laundry!

15 comments:

Jules said...

Fantastic pictures!

Dee said...

The red touring cars look so very British! LOL

I love the waterfall picture. Lovely place.

Becca said...

I've been to Glacier before and you captured it so well. Lovely photos! Glad you're having a nice trip! We arrive in Seattle on Wednesday. See? I told you we would be bringing sunshine & clear skies! LOL

Cranberry Morning said...

What an amazing Creator we have. We can't make one little tiny live flower, yet He has so intricately designed all of them, some which we rarely even notice. And some which bloom only for a day and are gone. It's amazing! Beautiful!

Isn't it annoying when you forget your camera!!

Lynn said...

Your pictures are amazing Judy! Really beautiful scenery. I would love to visit the area some day.

Plays with Needles said...

Oh you make me laugh! Morton salt girl indeed!

Thanks for posting about Glacier National Park. I hope to toss Jack in the car in August and drive West to visit. I've been wanting to do that for some time!

Linda said...

How wonderful!! That's my dream vacation...I have been wanting to go there for years...one day...I keep telling myself! It looks as beautiful as I've heard. I read all about the red taxis...what fun!!

hakucho said...

Beautiful photos...glad you got that camera. It would have been a shame not to take those photos!

Barbara C said...

Great photos, even with the stand-in camera. Thanks for sharing them.

Linda said...

Truly amazing photos Judy....what an experience!

LoriAngela said...

Thanks for taking us with you. I haven't been there since 1992!

Merry said...

Oh wow...what a fantastic trip...so glad you bought the stand-in camera so we could join you. Beautiful photos.

Prairie Thistle said...

Beautiful scenery and photos.

Sharon said...

Sounds like you have been having some fun!!!!!

Kathy said...

Beautiful pictures of God's creation!