Way up high, atop a mountain east of Eureka, Montana, stands a boundary marker, installed about 1911 or so, that marks the border between Canada and the United States.
Beats the heck out of a wall or fence with guards and guns, eh?
|Kintla Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Kelly Kratzer Fear|
The snow is REALLY coming down right now! (12/21/2011 at 10 am)
The First Day of Winter has arrived with a vengeance, and, although I realize many people want snow for Christmas, for me it is a commuting nightmare. I may need chains to get out of here and into town.
We just enjoyed a wonderful weekend trip to Bigfork and Whitefish Montana, which included a hike along Flathead Lake at the Wayfarer Campground. This is located on the east shore of Flathead and just a mile or so south of the little artsy town of Bigfork. My spouse and dog are silhouetted in this photo. I really like the clouds.
I also shot some video in which I can hear the leaves rustling around and floating, than landing on the grass. It was barely audible, but kind of cool. It was 19 degrees here in Missoula this morning.
Here are just two of the most recent photos featuring autumn color from Glacier National Park as posted on their Facebook page in the 2011 Photo Album.
|Middle Fork of the Flathead River|
|No-host campground is very peaceful|
|Two tipi sites are empty|
|This tipi pad is ready for spring|
|Autumn colors at Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park Montana|
Here is a shot overlooking Idaho at the Montana and Idaho state line at Hoodoo Pass. I like the Bear Grass in the foreground of the photo. This is a very remote site. You can hike over to Hoodoo Lake to fish, but watch out for elk and bear that may be sharing the same trail. We always carry bear spray as well as a pistol (for making a LOUD noise). The pistol also gives us a sense of security out in the middle of nowhere. We fear people more than animals.
Our favorite camping area on Flathead Lake is along the west shore at the Big Arm State Park. Many of the campsites are right down on the shore, so campers have open access to the water.
Campers who have boats or water craft often pull them right up on the beach at their campsite. This is just about as good as it gets. We particularly like this space, which features a rock wall that allows us to park VERY close to the water, yet remain level and safely above the waves. We could actually fish from the lawn chairs!
|Camp site B15 Big Arm State Park|
|Sunrise over Flathead Lake Montana|
|Sunrise through tall grass|
|Sunrise through the trees|
|Board Paddler Zen|
Just spent our weekend at Big Arm State Park on the western side of Flathead Lake. So we saw the big sunrises from our campsite on the shore. I think this is a really spectacular shot.
REALLY a lot of snow up in Glacier Park. This photo, from the Park's Facebook Page, shows the snow on June 22, 2011, about five miles BELOW the Logan Pass summit on Going to the Sun Highway.
Here are some photos of the flooding Little Bighorn River in Southeastern Montana, not too far from the site of the famous Custer Battlefield.
I don't know the source of the photos, they were just sent to me by a friend. I believe these were all taken within the past three days. They have appeared on Fox News and on KTVQ television in Billings, MT.
Springtime in Glacier National Park means snow melt and high water in the creeks. This photo from the Glacier National Park Facebook page shows Upper McDonald Creek on May 15, 2011.
I've frequently mentioned how much I love Glacier National Park and the absolutely magnificent scenery.
But let's not overlook the wildlife. The photo below is from the Glacier National Park webcam at St. Mary Lake. This is the first sighting of an Osprey in its nest in 2011. Photo was taken on April 19.
|Lolo Pass Visitor Center on Idaho-Montana State Line|
This is a gorgeous photo taken from Apgar Mountain by a Glacier National Park webcam.
|Cabinet Mountains above Lake Koocanusa, Montana|
|Lake Koocanusa in northwestern Montana|
A popular activity for Montana tourists and residents alike is visiting our ghost towns. Garnet is a well-preserved town that is still used to some extent. There is a cabin that cross-country skiers can rent. During the summer months the visitor center is staffed, but the town is open and accessible all year around.
|Click on the Ghost town overview to open larger view|
|Who is that in the window? The ghost of a miner?|
|View of Montana wilderness from summit of Granite Peak|
Together, the Great Bear Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Scapegoat Wilderness form the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, an area of more than 1.5 million acres, in western Montana, south of Glacier National Park. This is a LINK to the U.S. Forest Service site.
The "Bob" is a roadless area where no structures are allowed, nor motorized vehicles or even mechanical vehicles like bicycles. There is no logging or mining. There are over 1800 miles of trails which are limited to human and animal use. This is said to be the most densely populated area of Grizzly Bear other than Alaska. Among the wildlife that make their home in this Wilderness area are moose, elk, black bear, mountain goat, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, lynx, wolf, and bald eagles. Camping and fishing are allowed with permits. Don't travel alone.
Here is a photo by Max Spiegel, Public Radio Host and musician, who says his visit to the "Bob" changed his life forever:
|Bob Marshall Wilderness by Max Spiegel|