Friday, March 25, 2011

Montana Grizzly Statue, Main Hall and Mount Sentinel M Trail

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We have a little of everything in this photo.  The University of Montana in Missoula has an Oval that fronts the Main Hall.  At one end is the Grizzly Statue.  Towering over the campus is Mount Sentinel and the "M" along with the trail that leads to the concrete structure.  

Most every student and every visitor to Missoula makes at least one trek to the "M" and even continuing on to the top of Mount Sentinel.   Student athletes use the trail for fitness training, as do many residents who make the trip up to the "M" a regular part of their workouts.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bitterroot River Missoula Montana

This is a photo of the Bitterroot River in Western Montana, taken late in the afternoon.  I love the prism effect.  This was taken from my deck.  Just across the road the neighbor has recently built a two-story house.  This view is no longer available to us, but I am happy for the memory.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Montana High Country

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Lolo Pass Visitor Center on Idaho-Montana State Line
There is still plenty of snow in the high country. In fact, CHAINs were required yesterday on at least one Montana mountain pass, with heavy snow falling on two other passes.  Winter is far from over in the the high country, and many weekends of sking, cross-country, snow shoeing, sledding and snowmobiling remain.  

True, spring may be just around the corner for those of us who live at lower elevations, but for much of western Montana, the warmth of spring doesn't arrive until May.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Glacier Park Montana Apgar Mountain webcam

This is a gorgeous photo taken from Apgar Mountain by a Glacier National Park webcam.

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Have I mentioned before that this is my most favorite place in the whole world?  Yes?  Yes. The lower elevation areas near West Glacier and Apgar Campground will be opening before too long, allowing hikers and bicycles up the road.  The overnight temperatures are still very cold, and more snow can be expected as well.
The park is open for snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cabinet Mountains and Beautiful Lake Koocanusa

Cabinet Mountains above Lake Koocanusa, Montana
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Lake Koocanusa in northwestern Montana

Lake Koocanusa in northwestern Montana, was formed when the Kootenai River backed up behind 422 foot-tall Libby Dam, not far from the town of Libby, Montana.

The Kootenai River used to cause flooding in Montana, Idaho and in British Columbia during the spring snowmelt.  The Lake has become a prime recreation area, with trails and a scenic drive.  The lake backs up 93 miles, all the way into Canada.

Incidentally, and I just learned this the other day, Lake Koocanusa received its name in a contest to name the Libby Dam reservoir. Alice Beers, from Rexford, Montana, combined the first three letters from KOOtenai River, the first three letters of CANada , and USA, to create KOOCANUSA!

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