Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse - December 21, 2010

In my opinion, this is the best and shortest composite video of the Lunar Eclipse. The last total lunar eclipse to occur on the winter solstice was in the year 1638, according to NASA.

Here is a still photo from the Associated Press of the lunar eclipse as seen in Washington DC, with the Washington Monument in the foreground:

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula Montana

We have about four inches of new snow in Missoula this morning. (Dec 20, 2010)

Here are some wintertime photos from the museum grounds at old Fort Missoula, in Montana.  These photos are posted on the Historical Museum's Facebook page.  Photo credit is also listed on their Facebook Page.

Above is an Army Escort Wagon and an old school house
This is the same Army Escort Wagon from a really good angle
Above photo is the non-commissioned officers quarters.
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Fort Missoula was notable for a couple of things, and books have been published about both.

The Buffalo Soldiers Bicycle Corps from the 1890s (Iron Riders) which were all Black Soldiers, and the World War Two Detention Center, which housed Italian prisoners-of-war. (An Alien Place and Italian Boys)


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Lolo Pass Cross Country Ski Area on Montana Idaho Border

These are my favorite views of the Lolo Pass visitors' center and cross country area.  These are U.S. Forest Service photos.

Above: Visitor's Center.  Below: Warming hut.

There are several cross-country skiing areas not far from Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley, but Lolo Pass is our favorite.  The courses are for beginners and intermediate skiers and there is a choice of several routes to follow, of various lengths, from 1.2 miles to 14 miles (longer routes may be ungroomed).  We got lost on our first trip here several years ago and ended up skiing in the dark over terrain that we had never seen before.  I would advise you to take precautions, use one of the course maps provided at the visitor center, take along water, energy bars and a headlamp or flashlight.  Allow yourself plenty of time.  If you have a friend who is familiar with the course, it might be a good idea to have company on your first visit.
Photo of the skiers trailhead.
There is a daily fee of five dollars, payable at the visitor center.  You can also buy a season pass for twenty dollars.  Don't park on the highway; that's illegal.

I must also mention that the area, at least the longer trails, are also used by snow machines, which can ruin an otherwise beautiful and peaceful experience.  Snow machines are not allowed on the 1.2 mile route and it is quite exhilarating.  Go around twice!!

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blacktail Mountain Ski Area Montana

Heavy Snowfall shows Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is ready to open for the season.  Photo from Blacktail Mountain on Facebook

This ski area is located on the west side of Flathead Lake near the town of Lakeside, Montana.
When you drive up to the Lodge you realize that you are at the TOP of the ski runs!  

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Mule Deer Buck Visitor

This Mule Deer Buck visits my yard nearly every day.  Sometimes he brings along a few of his harem. In this photo he is looking around trying to locate where my voice is coming from.  This was the angle I liked best as he never did look directly up at me.  

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Autumn is a beautiful time of year in Glacier National Park. These two photos were taken in September, 2010, and are official Glacier Park photos. (Not mine)

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There are many wonderful photos from Glacier on this LINK to their Facebook Page.  The album is called 2010 Photos, and there are 153 spectacular shots.

Glacier Park is my husband's favorite place in the entire World.   We are fortunate to live just a three hour drive away, and that includes sightseeing and potty stops.  The Going to the Sun Road is the most breath-taking ride I have ever been on, and I would never drive it myself.  

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fort Connah National Historical Site, Montana

Fort Connah National Historical Site was a Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post established in 1846.  It is located in the Mission Valley of western Montana, within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation.  

The nearest town is St. Ignatius, home of the more famous mission.

There were originally three wooden structures on the site.  The last remaining structure is thought to be the oldest building in Montana.  
 The trading post was active from 1846 to 1871, when it was purchased from the Hudson Bay Company by the U.S. federal government for $50,000 in order to eliminate British commercial interests in United States territories.
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The photos are from Travel Montana.   This is a link to the Fort Connah page on that site.   

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

National Novel Writing Month - November 2010

Here is a link to my husband's personal Sponsorship fundraising page for the National Novel Writing Month and Youth Writing Programs.

Runners and joggers can sponsor fundraisers, so why not a writing competition?  Our fundraising goal is a modest $250 during the month of November, but we are just getting this started today, November 17, so he is far behind the power curve.

By the way, his Novel-in-Progress now stands at 34,600 words toward the goal of 50,000 words by the end of November.

If you support the efforts of novice writers, particularly in-school and library programs for Young Writers, please consider making a small donation.  Click on the NaNoWriMo coffee cup graphic below:

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bison vs Bear Yellowstone Park by Alex Wypyszinski

The Bison vs Bear photo from Yellowstone National Park went viral on the internet.  Here I show the entire sequence of seven photos.
The photographer, Alex Wypyszinski, a seasonal employee at Yellowstone, took this sequence.  The bison had stepped through the crust of hot springs and been burned on its legs.  The bear, just out of hibernation in May 2010, was hungry and looking for a meal.  In the end, the bison veered off the road to the left, and the bear went off to the right, so the chase came to an end without a kill.  (Contrary to what many viewers of the photo believed, the bear had not attacked the bison to cause its injuries.)

A fascinating sequence.  As an amateur photographer myself, I have carried my camera with me for years, in the hope that, some day, I would be the person in the right place at the right time.  Mr. Wypyszinski now has his "fifteen minutes" of fame.  Well, with a photo sequence like this, people around the World might be seeing his name for a great deal longer than fifteen minutes, so to speak.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Walk in the Woods, Lolo Montana

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This is a lovely area located just two miles from the town of Lolo, Montana, 8 miles south of Missoula.
You may find this hard to believe, but it is an RV Park!

The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained.  The rates are fair.  Lolo Creek runs right along the back side of the park and there are three RV spaces back there, along with tent sites.  Wild Turkey and Deer show up from time to time.  

We love staying here because the people are really great to work with.  Yes, they have a web page. Lolo RV Park

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Bitterroot Valley Morning Fog, Montana

I think this is the only season of the year when we have morning fog in the lower lying valleys of western Montana.  It makes for a more dramatic photo of the valley, I think.

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The top photo shows the Bitterroot valley shrouded in low fog. The bottom photo was taken opposite the Bitterroot River from the town of Lolo, Montana, and includes Mormon Peak on the right-hand side.  Lolo Peak is mostly obstructed by Mormon Peak. Pictured below is a close-up view of the two mountains:
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Syringa Lodge Salmon Idaho

We enjoyed an autumn drive down to Salmon, Idaho, to meet up with relatives and came upon this wonderful bed and breakfast, the Syringa Lodge, in the little town of Salmon (pop. 3000).

This is really a beautiful facility (Syringa is a tree) and enjoys a wonderful view of the valley.  I thought we would share a couple photos with you.  There are several rustic bedrooms, and they have individual bathrooms!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Salmon Lake in Western Montana

We were fortunate enough to visit and camp at Montana's Salmon Lake on a beautiful weekend.  This is the view from our campsite, space number 22.

Salmon Lake Campground in Montana

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Here is a nice view of Salmon Lake from the day use area.

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