Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Friday, October 17, 2014

Back in Montana With a Grizzly Story to Share~



Following a wonderful 2 1/2 days at Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, we returned to Montana.  One of our very favorite towns is Whitefish and our favorite place to stay is Grouse Mountain Lodge.  I would highly recommend this stay to anyone interested in heading to this part of the country.

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/



Our lodging for 3 evenings was at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish.  
The Kahlua Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberry sauce...we had a slice with our coffee every night and I am still working those desserts off ;)


Out in the parking lot were guests arriving in some very neat cars, wow, I want one...
Right... just a little $$$
Mercedes Gull-Wings.


We decided upon returning stateside to visit Many Glacier, part of the Glacier National Park.  We had only just arrived and saw cars pulled off the road, and people standing wih cameras loaded.  I got out of the car, not knowing what they were seeing, it could have been many things and the husby stayed behind with the dogs. A Park Ranger said that a large female Grizzy Bear was making her way and had attempted crossing the road twice already that morning. We were all standing there waiting for her to cross when a very familiar car passed the group with a dog head sticking out each back window.  I just about had heart failure, as the husby pulled into the shade where the ranger stood, got out and stretched his legs.  The bear was right there!  The ranger  yelled for him to get back in the car and to back up, that a Grizzly Bear was RIGHT THERE!
The very nice ranger then had to scare the bear back from where it had been coming.
WHEW!!!


Afterwards the bear was back once again waiting her turn to cross and so we drove on into the park and see the lodging they had there.  As we were leaving Many Glacier, once again cars were lined up, only this time the opposite side of the road.  Yep, I got out and the husby stayed put...bless him!  The bear was  munching happily on Huckleberries.  All was well~




Lodging at Many Glacier, not too shabby, I must say!







We are now back at Glacier National Park.  Logan Pass and Going to the Sun Road had been closed for a few days due to 2' of snow at high altitudes. This day, it was open and we were finally going across after 2 failed attempts.  Come along with me.
First encounter this gorgeous Brown Bear.  I say Brown Bear...Black Bears can be brown or black, or cinnamon, so not sure, but I will just call it as it looks brown ;)





The well known red buses that take visitors on tours all over both Glacier and Waterton National Park systems~



Above a watercolourist doing her thing among the beauty of the majesty and below riding their bikes for a mission!


Making it to the top, for their cause!



Their are lots of tight curves in these very high places.  It was absolutely stunning scenery.  I kept looking for the gorgeous hybrid raptor, that I photographed up here 3 years ago, but never even saw a single bird this visit~





Here are a few more birds that call Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center in Kalispell,  their forever home, due to permanent injury.
Red-tailed Hawk, Swainsons Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk and Great Horned Owl, were just a few of these beauties. Their facilities were just wonderful!







Thursday, October 9, 2014

OH Canada, I Have Longed to See You~


Last October, some may remember the husby and myself got expedited Passports so that we could travel up into Canada, while visiting Glacier National Park.  
We also spent quite a bit to have the dogs all ready for the border crossing as well.  
You are not allowed to transport their food unless you have special permissions as well as health certifications etc.
Yep, we had to do all of that again at $185.00 clip each time ;(
THEN the Government SHUTDOWN kept us out of our own National Park system...GRR ;)
THEN we were enroute to the Canadian border when we got into a snowstorm, like we had never been in before.  
We had no cell phone service and no way of knowing what lay ahead.  
We travel in a Lincoln Towncar with good tires, but not for road conditions like we encountered.  
HUGE SIGH, we turned around and went back to our lodging in Whitefish Montana, quite deflated, but safe and warm.
We promised ourselves that we would make it next time.
This year we found that the day we were to arrive at Glacier NP, the higher altitudes as well as Waterton Lakes NP in Canada had received 2' of snow.  
BUT ;) on the day we planned to travel, we still could not go through Glacier NP, but we could go on up into Canada~
YEA!


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/



This was one of our first scenes as we went through the gates entering Alberta, Canada and Waterton Lakes National Park.
GORGEOUS~


Once we had reached the village where we would be staying for 2 evenings, we saw right away, the famed Prince of Wales Hotels.  
We had wanted to stay here and even with the dogs, could have, but the husby scheduled us for a long weekend and even though we book rooms a month in advance, there were no vacancies~


The first sign of wildlife was this lovely juvenile Osprey, trying to get itself perched up in a tree~
Bighorn Sheep were out just about everywhere, as it was rutting season.  
I really love these big guys and they had been elusive to us, until a couple of years ago in South Dakota~


The village within Waterton Lakes National Park was very lovely.  
Great accomodations and restaurants.  



We were very cautious with our 2 dogs, knowing this was big bear country.  
We saw quite a few Brown and Black Bears.  
They just want to keep moving and not bother with mankind, but sometimes mankind acts really stupid.  
Sadly people are killed at times, and a gentleman was the same week we were traveling in the Grand Tetons National Park~





A Bighorn Sheep Ewe.  
Poor things were constantly having to battle the rams, silly boys ;)


My beauties, my friends, my favorites.
Silveit is on the left and is 20 months old and Meaka on the right will turn 7 soon~


A single Daisy in the snow~


This large beauty is a female without cubs.  
Maybe next year~



And another one.  
This one was walking and then running down the road, as it just wanted to get to the safety if the mountains and all of the rich berries that awaited it~


A darling Least Chipmunk surprised me at the park, as there was so much snow and yet there it was awake and alert!




I get happy when we head west for many reasons and one of them is the wonderful Steller's Jays~


This mama bear had 2 cubs, a brown and a black one.  
She was giving people trouble the night before, as she did not want to move her cubs out of the road that leads into the village~




Another ram on the scent of ewes~


Red Rock Canyon.  
Can you tell why ;) 
Really beautiful!


And another Bighorn Sheep, on the prowl~


One of the few lakes within the park, and a young woman taking photographs.  
Several of us, took advantage of the beauty of the moment~



Now then...I spoke about being cautious with the dogs in these parks, knowing of the wildlife dangers.  
It appears that our dogs have no leads on.  
However, trust me!  
They do! 
 I had to retouch them out of the photos, so that they looked PRETTY ;)
A Mule Deer stops in someones front yard to nurse her twin fawns~