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To the Sea!!

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 11:38 am on Friday, August 28, 2009

I followed highway 6 out of  the park landing on highway 3. Consulting my new atlas I found highway 3 runs west until it hits the sea…woohoo, lets do that.

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These wind mills were very close to Pincher Creek where I took a wrong turn and ended up in a housing area. I thought about back tracking but what fun is that so….I figured if I go either west or north I should land back where I want to be sooner or later.  In the mean time I found….

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and this….

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Who is the only one on the road? Again.

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In the end I located highway 3 and was back on track.

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Looks to me like the mountain slid away.

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Ya can’t be so busy looking at what is ahead not  to see what is behind..

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Mind you!! these cars are screaming past me at 75.

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The place is chock a block full of white caps mountains, and this was mid June.  Very pretty place.

More from Highway 3 in Canada coming soon.

North from Glaicer is…Canada

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 11:10 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Just as you think you are moving in to a flat-ish area…

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Bit O the cloud and rain today.

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Ya just know there is something huge under there.

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The bit of Glacier National Park in Canada is called Waterton Lakes National Park.

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I should have taken more pics with signs, would help me remember.  Ahh well, next road trip.

Some one should have prepared me for the complete lack of humor the boarder guys suffer from. Whew!!

He asked me several questions in rapid fire, while I was running through  my head exactly what I did have in my car he continued “Why are you here?

I looked right at his mirrored glasses and said “I came to see it, ya gotta see it don’t ya?”

His reply was “I don’t know do you.”

What the heck?  I was in a National Park for gosh sakes not doing some sneaky end run past the boarder shack in the dead of night with no passport.

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If only the clouds would find another home you could see….

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All these mountains.

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Beyond this bit of  lake at the base of the mountains lives the small summer town of  Waterton.  It was an interesting thing I did not have to pay to get in to the park but I did have to pay to get in to the town.

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Mountains all around the lake, the town is just over the hill in the right of the picture.

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This one is closer …see the building on the hill to the right? That is a hotel, the town is just down the other side.  The pic below shows you much better.

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Can you imagine being surrounded my mountains that huge?  The tough bit is with so much wilderness about the animals don’t know what to do with them selves.

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Mountain goat? Sheep?  Deer… house. Yes right in the middle of town, the gas station is around the corner.  and a few houses down I saw this….

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I have been riding about the hills of the states for years and never seen deer this young.  It’s sad but cool.

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Fair amount of open land farther up the road.

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I do love a good view, even in the rain.

St. Mary ~ Many Glacier

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 2:44 pm on Sunday, August 23, 2009

I was not at all sure what time the Park opened but long about 6am I sorted myself out to see what was up at the gate. I had forgotten it was a free weekend, the gate was wide open and not a soul around, zip through it I did before someone said I was not allowed.

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St Mary Lake

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St Mary Lake from farther up.

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The bright green (new growth) against the tree line is an avalanche path.

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Avalanche rubble.

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The standing tree to the right of the pic is the avalanche line.

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Again with me alone on the road.

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I can’t even begin to believe how well this pic came out.

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I think this is the top bit of St Mary Lake.

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Red Arse rock!

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Cool huh?   I think that is St. Mary Lake again.

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More burned trees.

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This was one side of the road, when I turned around I saw this…

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Yeah, more trees, but look below..

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The other side of the road and …

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I closer view…wacky rock stuff.

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The beauty of  this place goes on and on.

Glacier East

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2009

Alrighty, being “Going to the sun road” though Glacier was closed approx 34 miles in I had to turn around, zip along highway 2 skirting the south edge of the park arrive on the west side.

The images below are from West Glacier to St. Mary on the east side.

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I had a sandwich sitting in the back of the car watching the water that afternoon.

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I was so struck by the flat—–> Mountain.  Holy hannah!

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This is the first of the “what is in the side view mirror” images.

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I thought I was leaving the mountains until the road curved back to the left and I ended up looking at this.

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More burned trees.

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The view from my camp site that evening. I was in St. Mary.

Glacier National Park ~ West

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 1:20 pm on Friday, August 21, 2009

It was about 2 pm when I arrived in  West Glacier, the west entrance to the park. When I stopped at the gate, the lady said it was a free weekend, the park was not charging for both today and tomorrow. She also said the famous  “Going to  the Sun” road was not completely open do to stacks of snow and road damage.  We decided I had enough time and daylight to see what was open on this side then I would have to make some choices about what direction to take.

All the pics below are from the West Entrance to the Weeping Wall.

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I know I keep saying this but…trees are dying the world over, if not bugs then fire.

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Do you believe the color of that water?

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See the two water falls?

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Wacky burn line.

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I was trying but I tell ya there is not a wide enough angle lens to capture this place. It truly is amazing!

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See the “slide” mark in the trees?

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Due to  “slides” and runoff  one side of the road was gone. They put in this solar timed light that stopped the traffic one way to allow it to go the other way.

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The Weeping Wall, zillions of springs filter though the rock.

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That is a stack of snow in the left corner.

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Cool   huh? The view above is to the left of were I was standing…. the view below was to the right.

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More to come.

2009 Road Trip ~ Day Three

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 10:05 am on Thursday, August 20, 2009

I figured I have Teton National Park and Yellowstone behind me, it can’t be all that far to Glacier. I had never seen Glacier, heck never been farther north than Yellowstone, wait I have a photo of a sunset in MT I took ages ago so I musta been there as some point.

A stop in Bozeman while traveling north on highway 919 was in order, I had decided I needed a sleeping bag and even though I thought it was cheating a map may come in handy.

While waiting at  the check out  the gentleman behind me said “Looks like someone is going on a trip.”

“Actually, I am already on it, left Colorado two days ago.

“Where ya headed?”

“North, maybe west.”

“Best way to be, follow the wind, enjoy your time on the road. ”

“Thank you.”

I tossed my brand new sleeping bag in the back and the small 2010 road atlas in the front then went looking for a gas station. By the by ~ should I mention the prices I paid for gas…holy hannah. The folks in Twisp, Washington were paying$3.25 for a single gallon of petrol…eeek!  I didn’t buy any in Twisp but I did end up paying that price a few times. It was mostly hovering somewhere between $2.57 and 2.97.

As I was driving through Bozeman trying to decide what road to take north,  I happened upon a Highway 287 sign. I had lost 287 some where in Yellowstone,  I was down right excited it was still going the same direction I was. Nevermind,  it keep me off that huge blue road Interstate 90.

287 into Helena to spend the night. I do not remember what time it was. Still day light but did ya know the farther north ya go at this time of year the longer is stays light? It had to have been 9pm anyway.

I asked the lady at the gas station the next day the best way to get to Glaicer. She suggested I take 287 north, she showed me on a Montana map then, offered to give me the map for free. This just after I bought an atlas.

While the gas was pumping I reviewed her offered route.  287 traveled north over mostly white on this map, this meant lower elevations. The Rocky Mountains are east of 287 and on the other side of the mountains was a road called 83, it was mostly in green space. So, I decided not to take 287 but instead 83 with the higher elevations.

I had a bit of rain so the pics are some fuzzy.

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Just outside of Helena was not so interesting,  wait for it.

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Yet another hill to get a decent view.

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I was enjoyed watching the mist travel along the valley.

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I know, trees are dying the world over.

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Look at the colors though!!

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This is why they call Montana “Big Sky Country”.  Talk about ranch land!

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This was one of the several times during my adventure I was feeling like I was the only one on the road. One of  the perks of riding two lane nothing roads.

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There are many places in Montana and Washington where they harvest trees and replant. Or this many have been about beetle killed trees.swan11

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One of the many and I mean stacks and stacks of ponds and lakes in Montana. I sat here watching the clouds try to lift off the mountains while having a chicken sandwich. Three cars pasted.

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Crazy white flowers were only growing where the trees had been cut.

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Just me, the trees and the road.

So, the speed limit in Montana is 70 and only 70.  It was all kinds of nutty blowing though little towns, no reduce speed signs. No signs to suggest you take a turn a bit slower….nothing. And the only time I saw a speed limit sign was just past an intersection.  It was a  free for all, take your life in your hands deal.

God forbid you need to get gas or anything else cause getting back on the road, whew those little blue haired ladies coming out of their drives dealing with people flying down the road at 70.

I could not do it, two lane road even when I was alone I was sticking to 60, 62.

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Many breeds, many colors, some dying.

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Swan Lake Valley, this valley is bordered on both sides with mountains like this. Sadly, my camera can not do it justice.

Alrighty, next up the beauty and power of Glacier National Park.

Yellowstone Part Two

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 9:25 pm on Sunday, August 16, 2009

More pictures, many pictures. Did I mention in the 14 days of road trip I snapped over 4000 pics? Whew! that’s a few images to sort through.

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One can’t get though Yellowstone without seeing herds and herds of Buffalo.

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This is the North end of the park, more fire damage with more baby trees trying hard to grow up.

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See the fire line?

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Here ya have it, the reason Yellowstone National Park is called Yellowstone. See the river below?

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This is a very bad photo of Mountain sheep, see the three just down and to the right of  the middle of  is image?

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Fuzzy Elk Antlers.

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Crazy red side.

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This image must be taken someplace outside of Bozeman cause I think I slept in Helena that night.

287 North ~ Day Three

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 5:17 pm on Sunday, August 16, 2009

I started this road trip with no plan other than north west-ish. While I was getting gas on Highway 287 in Longmont, Colorado it occurred to me, 287 runs north why not go north on 287. When I arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado I texted a friend who lived there ages ago “How far north does 287 run?”

The phone rang.. “287 north, how should I know? Why do you ask?”

“I am on 287 traveling north”

“Oh, where ya going?”

“North on 287”

“One of those trips, huh?”

Anywho, we chatted a bit longer about neither one of us having any idea how far 287 goes…so, now I am on a mission of sorts. I mean, why travel on four lane highways when ya can see all the wacky of the world from little two lanes roads.

Those of you who have never been to this (Teton/Yellowstone) part of the world it’s tough to tell where Teton National Park ends and Yellowstone National Parks starts, were it not for the ranger station. I believe all of the photos below are from Yellowstone.

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I do love trees!

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There are still lots of burned trees but see the little green ones coming up?

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Yellowstone Lake

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More from Yellowstone to come.

Day Two ~ North on 287

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 1:25 pm on Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sorry for the delay gang, I could come up with some fair decent excuses but why waste the typing energy. Pics and stories are far more fun.

Still following Highway 287 out of Dubois Wy, I found myself on a scenic byway. I remember when I told the lady at the motel I had no idea the Wind River Valley was so beautiful she said, “Are you going north? Wait til tomorrow.”

She was right…. Pics to prove it.

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Sadly, trees are dying the world over.

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The elevation was 9658, those are patches of snow the third week of June.

As was driving around the next corner I caught this..

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and this..

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I realized I may well be looking at the Grand Tetons. My phone had a signal so I hit a few buttons and got Mosher on the phone.  “Hey, where am I? Is it possible I am looking at the Tetons?” He went to get a map and decided yes indeed I was looking at the Tetons.

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Truly a beautiful place!