Sharing the Adventure

Glacier National Park

Full of Glee

I don’t think I’ve been happier than these past few days.  I find myself giggling all the time even when I’m alone. I don’t think my husband knows what to make of it.

We had the most wonderful vacation this past fall and I can’t seem to get my photos sorted and resized to post because I get lost in reliving the dream-like days of  our vacation whenever I go through the folders.  But I decided that will be OK  because when I do post the scenic photos and videos it will be when we are waist deep in snow and the promise of next year’s scenic sights and sounds will still be a long time coming.  It will be a welcome change to seeing snow everywhere.

Winter coming is normally a real downer for me, just depressing.  This year is different.  I have the biggest part of my restoration of the main level of my old house  (see This Old Erie House)  done and now the finishing touches will be added.  That’s a huge weight off my back, still a lot of work ahead but not so much tedious woodwork.  And now I can take my time in finishing the rest.  I’m already starting to plan our next national-park vacation in Mt. Rainier National Park.  That always makes me happy.

Bald Eagle, Spruce Grouse, Scenery

My last post had a short video of Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park.  The road started out in a burned area which was very stark and dark. We reached an area where more light came through and new growth was abundant but still very young.

On the way we stopped to get some scenery shots and look at some scat on the dirt road. It looked like elk scat.  We were the only ones on this long, narrow dirt road for quite a long time when a truck pulled up and the guy started talking to us.  He lived not far from the border of Glacier NP.  He directed us to where we may see some wolves.  He also told us how his wife was hanging some clothes when a big grizzly came near and she ran for the house. I saw wolves up near Bowman Lake on a Youtube video.  I was sure hoping we’d see some.  We didn’t, but the scenery sure looked like a pack could come out of the woods at any moment.

There was a light snowfall the evening before we went on our day trip to Bowman Lake.  Along the road we spotted an osprey nest in a burned out area of the park.  As sad as the burns are, the new growth is so vigorous. A bald eagle greeted us at the turn from one dirt road to another where it head up the mountain side to Bowman Lake.

When we got into some thick evergreen trees toward the top of the mountain a Spruce Grouse wouldn’t get out of the road.  This was our first time seeing a Spruce Grouse. They are beautiful birds.

After all the wonderful sights we saw on the way up, nothing compared to turning the corner and seeing this.

No wonder so many people take their camping gear and hike  for a week into those mountains in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park

Our three national-parks vacation started with Glacier National Park. We stayed part of the week at the Many Glacier Hotel and the second part at the Village Inn at Apgar.  The only place I have been in the US (and I’ve been to 42 of our 50 states) that rivals these views is Inspiration Point in Yosemite.  Glacier’s beauty is something else!

We watched a moose family from our room’s balcony frolicking on the shoreline across Swiftcurrent Lake with the backdrop of majestic glacier-formed mountains and valleys.  Mountain goats were high up and seen with our scopes, binoculars and my zoom-in camcorder. When we first arrived, mountain goats had come down to munch on the hotel lawn and then was gone only to be seen as small white dots on the mountain tops. The lake is gorgeous and the few times the sun came out while we were there, it was truly breathtaking.

I’ll post two videos, one is a panoramic video looking out from our balcony and the other is of the moose family.  A baby moose appears toward the end of the moose video.  The cow moose plays in the water and swims under water and is playful with the bull moose in the video.  Parts of the moose video is under 50x magnification so it was hard to hold it perfectly still without the use of a tripod (and the wind was blowing.)  Excuses!