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







Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last Full Day in Montana~


In this post we will be leaving the Glacier National Park area, heading back to Missoula, Montana by way of some of the many state parks and forest systems, and then begin the journey back home.
We drove the scenic loop like we did last year, passing through the areas of Salmon Lake, Swan River National Forest, Seeley Lake, Lolo State Park, and Flathead National Forest.
Going in the Spring would be a wonderful colours showing, but we always enjoy travel during the early Autumn months and the colour changes are stunning.


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/






We had driven past what I thought to be a very large bird and the husby stopped so that I could take a look-see.  I was thrilled when I walked back and saw this gorgeous possibly female, due to the size, Red-tailed Hawk~








So many wonderful colours and textures in nature's paint box~




From everything that we could see, this little Pine Squirrel and more like it, were going to have plenty to eat for the Winter.  With deep snow, freezer cold temperatures, and non hibernating creatures... you have to wonder, how they survive~






When we travel, we stop often to walk the dogs.  It gives us a chance to move about, take in fresh air and they enjoy all of the travel perks too.  Soon to be 7 year old Meaka on left and Silveit turns 2 in January.
Magpie below~





Now this below caused me to lose sleep, wondering if the man made it to his loved one at hospital, as well as to who would care for his dog, once they arrived.  I wondered how much further he had to travel this way...I still wonder about it~


The morning that we were leaving Grouse Mountain Lodge, the soccer fields were covered in Gulls enjoying the morning light.  I had made my way toward them, very quietly and was taking a few images, when a woman approached and up went her hands.  She smile and said "Glad that I could be of some help"  What?  Oh well, the flight images do look much more beautiful then they did basking in the morning sun on the ground~


More Autumn colours~




A Mallard Duck had been safely hiding when the husby and our dogs showed up and accidentally startled it, but I was ready~


Meaka on left and Silveit with my husby~


Farewell to Montana, hoping to see you again one day, not too many moons from now~


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!