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.
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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 $$$
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.
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!