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Glacier National Park

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Offline jeffblaylock

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« on: September 11, 2006, 04:09:45 PM »
I know it's about as far off topic as we can get around here, but I sometimes like to go to beautiful places other than our favorite place. I took around 900 photos in Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies last week. Here's a couple, one of which could conceivably have been taken in BIBE:



This is one of five bears I saw last week.

And here's a close encounter with a pair of mountain goats:



More to come ... if y'all are interested. By the way Benders, the temperatures dropped into the THIRTIES a couple of nights I was camping there!
Jeff Blaylock
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Offline Don H

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006, 04:15:26 PM »
Very nice, definitely one of the National Parks I hope to visit some day!
"Rugged isolation in a Jeep with the top down, doors off, sweaty, dusty, listening to your flavor of tunes, immersed in the most beautiful and beguiling desert mountains in all of the Southwest, the Sierra Quemada. Nothing short of spiritual cleansing. " D. Locke

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006, 05:11:57 PM »
Hi Jeff!
Thanks for posting these pics.  Would love to see more.  I have heard that Glacier National Park is beautiful.  It is quite a ways from Texas...what brought you to that region of the world?


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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2006, 10:38:22 PM »
Jeffy! :D
Glad you are back safe....the lil furry friends are gorgeous! You're a very lucky man, indeed... 8)

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Offline Al

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2006, 10:48:24 PM »
30's makes for good sleeping with a good bag.  

Great shots!  Sort through a few more of those please.

Al

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Offline homerboy2u

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006, 10:21:12 AM »
If could post some more, i would welcome the distraction. Where is the park :?:
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Offline okiehiker

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2006, 08:42:53 PM »
Glacier National Park sits astride the continental divide in northern-Montana.  It is part of a huge ecosystem including the Flathead National Forest on the US side.  Immediately north of the US park is Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.  In 1973 I did a five week hike from the US/Canadian border to Mt. Robson, along the Continental Divide Trail in Canada.  (It was built earlier than the CDT in the US.)  Banff and Jasper National Parks are the two best know to Americans, but my personal favorite is Yoho.  My last trip up there was Labor Day of 1975.  I would LOVE to see your pics!!!
Funny... I have a story about that...

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Offline jeffblaylock

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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2006, 09:17:32 AM »
Okiehiker's right. Glacier NP is in northwest Montana.

Some more wildlife:



This was a bighorn sheep which I startled at a distance of about 2 feet high on the Grinnell Glacier trail, ironically near the very spot where a father and daughter were brutally attacked by a grizzly bear in August 2005.



A golden-mantled ground squirrel, one of many rodents running around the place trying to steal hikers' food.

And, just so you know there's some scenery there, here's Grinnell Glacier, which is reachable along a 7-mile trail:

Jeff Blaylock
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Offline Buck

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2006, 10:08:34 AM »
Welcome back to the land of the fantastic four: The Kinkster, Foghorn Strayhorn, Governer Goodhair and Dumb Bell.  Canada is nice this time of year, eh?  I just did the Iceline trail at Yoho, not far from where you were wandering.  Pics at http://mysite.verizon.net/markel.simmons/yoho/index.htm
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Offline okiehiker

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Thanks for the Yoho pics...
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2006, 09:50:17 PM »
I did the trip on up to Twin Falls and stayed in a couple of the cabins in the back country.  Canada is so much more hiker-friendly than the US (at least it was when I was there sometime in the middle of the last millenium!)  

Takakkaw Falls and Twin Falls are two of the most beautiful in North America.  Your pics are terrific!  Thanks a bunch.
Funny... I have a story about that...

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2006, 08:22:24 AM »
Don?t get me wrong. I have been to Pt. Clinton,OH in May and it was near the upper 20's, i could n?t believe it. But to see ice :?: ...and snow :?: , at this time of year in this park :?: ...tht?s just simply incredible.

  After the scorching summer , we just went thru here. With temps circuling above the 110?s F. It is very difficult to imagine, there are other extreme climates in the same country, man....what a sight :!:  :!:

 Jeff, if you have more pictures of the park,by all means . Don?t stop posting.
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Offline jeffblaylock

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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2006, 11:25:03 AM »
A view of Grinnell Lake and Angel Wing, from the Grinnell Glacier trail:



The famous whistling winds were quiet while I was there, which made haze a consistent companion in the mountains. Most of the haze came from dust and forest fires, including the remnants of the huge Red Eagle fire.



The Red Eagle fire torched over 32,000 acres, half of which was in the park. That's Wild Goose Island in the foreground of St. Mary Lake.

A 1-mile or so trail leads down to St. Mary Falls:

Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2006, 11:38:09 AM »
Great photos Jeff.  I was going to go there but had to change plans because of the fires;  maybe someday.

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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2006, 03:19:11 PM »
Great shots, Jeff.  Thanks for sharing.

Sorry about the loss of Ann Richards.

Al

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Offline Buck

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Re: Thanks for the Yoho pics...
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2006, 03:43:07 PM »
Quote from: "okiehiker"
Canada is so much more hiker-friendly than the US

I did meet some friendly hikers.  

Those backcountry cabins are great.  I don't have any idea, though, how to take advantage of them - I tented it on this trip, and just waved at the folks at the Whisky Jack cabin when I hiked by it.
"Hey, how 'bout a Fandango..?"

 


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