Travel: My Esoteric Goes to Glacier Park Montana [265]

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK AND FLATHEAD VALLEY

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A markerGlacier national park -
Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT, USA
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B markerLake McDonald, Mt -
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana 59936, USA
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C markerColumbia Falls, MT -
Columbia Falls, MT 59912, USA
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D markerGlacier Park International Airport -
Glacier Park International Airport, 4170 Highway 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA
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E markerAvalanche campgrounds, glacier, mt -
Avalanche Campground, Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT 59936, USA
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Meadow Lake Lodge, Columbia Falls, MT

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AN RCI RESORTFRONT OF OUR UNIT WITHOUT TREESFRONT OF OUR UNIT WITH TREESTHE BACK OF OUR UNITLOOKING OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE
AN RCI RESORT
AN RCI RESORT | Source
FRONT OF OUR UNIT WITHOUT TREES
FRONT OF OUR UNIT WITHOUT TREES
FRONT OF OUR UNIT WITH TREES
FRONT OF OUR UNIT WITH TREES
THE BACK OF OUR UNIT
THE BACK OF OUR UNIT
LOOKING OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE
LOOKING OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE

Once Known For Its Glaciers

I HATE STARTING ON A SOUR NOTE, BUT BY 2030, 15 short years from now, the name of this magnificent park must be changed to Glaciated National Park. Why, because of human-accelerated global warming, the wondrous glaciers that covered the park will have gone extinct Would this have eventually happened? Probably so, but in 2130 or 2530 or some other much more distant time. There is also a chance, of course, that they wouldn't disappear at all, but begin to grow again as the earth goes into a natural cooling cycle. But, because of the brakes-off, uncontrolled industrial revolution, we will never know.

The time is June 6, 2015 where Spring is ending after a particularly mild Winter which dropped only a modicum of snow. Most of it was gone when we arrived and much more disappeared during the week my family and I were there greeted by record breaking 95 degree weather. The saving grace for us Floridians was the distinct lack of humidity; otherwise it would have been Florida with mountains and some trees other than pine.

To say that the Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley to the West are beautiful is understating the fact by orders of magnitude! I grew up in California (which part depends on the year) and travelled through the Sierra Nevadas many times. While Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Mt Shasta are extremely beautiful places (and well worth the visit), they are quite limited in scope when compared to Glacier National Park, specifically, or the Rocky's, in general.

In The Beginning

WE ARRIVED ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015 after an uneventful, thankfully, trip from Jacksonville, FL through Atlanta, GA to Glacier Park International Airport (D); "International" might be a stretch, but it was a very nice small town airport which was very convenient to use and in location. Because Montana was at the beginning of a heat wave, the "Big Sky" of Montana really was (it impressed my wife so much, she mentioned it about every other day) and the view as we approached the airport gave us our first impression of the fantastic sights to come.

We (my wife Mary, step-son Randy, and his long-time girlfriend, Beth) were met at the airport by one Bobby Moore, one Mary's BFFs who moved to Montana last August and the primary reason we were visiting (also our chauffer). From there we proceeded to our base camp, a 4-star lodge we found on RCI, the Meadow Lake Lodge and began our adventure the next day.

CARVED PIG
CARVED PIG | Source
I WANT THIS BENCH, BUT GUESS WHO SAYS NO :-(
I WANT THIS BENCH, BUT GUESS WHO SAYS NO :-( | Source

Day One, Sort Of - JUNE 7, 2015

ACTUALLY, WE TOOK IT EASY THE DAY AFTER getting here; Mary and I don't do flying very well any more (I slept for 13 hours after getting back). Bobby left us on our own on Sunday while she and her sister, Donna, prepared a fish taco dinner for us at her home/business. So, while we waited for dinner, we drove around the local area.

We started in the late morning, which in Montana in June is mid-afternoon (I think the sun rose at 4 AM) and immediately stopped at a wood carver's lot looking for a pig (yes, there is a story about that) and then proceeded to pictureless Kalispell, MT, where Donna has her house and very successful consignment shop. Sorry Kalispell, but you definitely are not the tourist town of Montana, which may be a blessing in disguise. Instead, you appear to be a very pleasant, clean work town with a few nice attractions; I can see why Bobby moved to your environs.

From there we drove to Whitefish, MT, a real tourist town to which I recommend people visit. It was here I ran into my first true art store (I am partial to these), the Dick Idol Gallery. While Dick is a well known sculptor currently commissioned to do a piece for and at the University of Arkansas, his son Colt is making his mark as a painter. The art was extremely impressive ... and priced to match. After wandering around town a bit, staying out of the Remington Casino, we finished up at a yogurt shop where I had a combination Huckleberry and Salted-Caramel frozen yogurt with a berry sorbet and then head back to Kalispell for fish tacos.

I didn't take very many pictures on this day, sorry.

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Day 2, Into The Park - JUNE 8, 2015

MONDAY SAW US HEADING INTO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Again, we took off late driving East along State Hwy 2 going through Hungry Horse (home of the famous Huckleberry Patch; famous if you are from around there anyway) and Coram until we reach the West Glacier entrance. From there we headed up the Going-to-the-Sun road which crosses the Park at Logan Pass. Unfortunately, the road is closed until they get finished repairing it, around June 19th, so we only got as far as the Avalanche Campgrounds and trails (E) this day.

Bobby, my wife, and I are not hikers and therefore limited ourselves to an easy 0.8 mile trek one side of the Avalanche Creek, and down the other. Near the end of our stay, the much younger Randy and Beth took the 2 mile walk up to Avalanche Lake ... and were amply rewarded for their effort with amazing views in all directions. Even so, the short hike was well worth the effort as well. The trail follows Avalanche Creek up one side, crosses over and returns down the other.

With each step the scenery changed a little keeping our interest up and wondering what was next. Along the trail were signs pointing out various types of trees, mainly Cottonwood, Hemlock, and Western Red Cedar (where this side of Glacier National Park is the Eastern extent of this species of cedar's range. The barks of each tree are very distinct and make them easy to identify. At the end of the trail, I got to see a little creature I had never seen before, even in pictures .. a tiny mouse like animal called a Vole.

Before arriving at Avalanche, we stopped at the Lake McDonald Lodge to which we returned after our walk to take a boat ride out onto Lake McDonald.

AVALANCHE CREEK

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VIEWS FROM AVALANCHE CAMPGROUNDS VIEWS FROM AVALANCHE CAMPGROUNDS (close up of previous view)SACRED DANCING CASCADE ON HAYSTACK CREEK (prior to arriving at Avalanche Campgrounds and into which Avalanche Creek flows)WESTERN HEMLOCK LOOKING FOR WATERBRIDGE CROSSING AVALANCHE CREEK - The Midway PointRAPIDS UNDER THE BRIDGERAPIDS UNDER THE BRIDGEBARK OF COTTONWOOD TREEAVALANCHE STRONGMAN (my step-son)THIS IS WHAT TREE CANCER LOOKS LIKEBARK OF WESTERN HEMLOCKBARK OF WESTERN RED CEDARI HAVE NEVER SEEN A VOLE BEFORE, HAVE YOU?
VIEWS FROM AVALANCHE CAMPGROUNDS
VIEWS FROM AVALANCHE CAMPGROUNDS | Source
VIEWS FROM AVALANCHE CAMPGROUNDS (close up of previous view)
VIEWS FROM AVALANCHE CAMPGROUNDS (close up of previous view) | Source
SACRED DANCING CASCADE ON HAYSTACK CREEK (prior to arriving at Avalanche Campgrounds and into which Avalanche Creek flows)
SACRED DANCING CASCADE ON HAYSTACK CREEK (prior to arriving at Avalanche Campgrounds and into which Avalanche Creek flows) | Source
WESTERN HEMLOCK LOOKING FOR WATER
WESTERN HEMLOCK LOOKING FOR WATER | Source
BRIDGE CROSSING AVALANCHE CREEK - The Midway Point
BRIDGE CROSSING AVALANCHE CREEK - The Midway Point | Source
RAPIDS UNDER THE BRIDGE
RAPIDS UNDER THE BRIDGE | Source
RAPIDS UNDER THE BRIDGE
RAPIDS UNDER THE BRIDGE | Source
BARK OF COTTONWOOD TREE
BARK OF COTTONWOOD TREE | Source
AVALANCHE STRONGMAN (my step-son)
AVALANCHE STRONGMAN (my step-son) | Source
THIS IS WHAT TREE CANCER LOOKS LIKE
THIS IS WHAT TREE CANCER LOOKS LIKE | Source
BARK OF WESTERN HEMLOCK
BARK OF WESTERN HEMLOCK | Source
BARK OF WESTERN RED CEDAR
BARK OF WESTERN RED CEDAR | Source
I HAVE NEVER SEEN A VOLE BEFORE, HAVE YOU?
I HAVE NEVER SEEN A VOLE BEFORE, HAVE YOU? | Source

WE DECIDED TO TRY TO GET A BOAT RIDE ON Lake McDonald before they closed as well as take a closer look at the lodge itself. McDonald Lodge is actually a complex of buildings and a boat ramp. It is bounded on the South by wonderful, fast-flowing Snyder or Midget Creek (depending on which map you look at) and the West by Lake McDonald. Its Southeastern, Eastern, Northeastern boundary is the "Going-to-the-Sun" road, there is no Northern boundary, it just sort of ends..

There are roughly 41 buildings in the area, including a post office, the main lodge, a separate gift shop, restrooms, and the like with the lodge obviously being the most interesting. Upon entering from the front or the back, you are essentially in the Great Room you see in the picture below. To the right is a grand fireplace and a piano for customers to play. Behind me is a very nice gift shop. Straight ahead and on the second floor are guest rooms. Behind me on the left is the hallway to a bar and the rather elegant restaurant. I have some other pictures of that room, but haven't found them yet.

To the left is the way out to the back porch and walkway down to where you board the boat. On the nicely shaded porch, looking out over Lake McDonald are a few very comfortable rocking chairs, bigger than anything you will find a Cracker Barrel, and some less comfortable straightback chairs and benches (I had pictures of those as well, but they were terrible).

LAKE MCDONALD, WHILE NOT BREATHTAKING, when you compare it what Day 3 is going to bring, it is nevertheless one of the more beautiful sights I have ever seen; and I have gotten around a lot in my 68 years. McDonald Lodge is about 2/3 the way up the South end of the lake. The boat ride and narration began there, went out to the middle of the lake, then turned South, approaching the West shore line. It continued South to a point where you could make out Apgar Village at the head of the McDonald Creek; Making a U-turn it proceeded back to the lodge.

All along the way South, the guide kept up a steady stream of facts about the park, the mountains surrounding us, the geology, and its history. It was all very interesting, but along with losing my youth, I have lost my memory; its so bad now, I have to actually start writing things down ... damn! Where was I? Oh, yes; Lake McDonald.

One of the stories I do remember is about the massive fire in 2003 which from burned from the West side of Lake McDonald Westward until it left park grounds (actually it burned the other direction, but it was easier to reference this way). The name of this fire is the Robert Fire (originally named the Blankenship Fire, named by the fire watcher who first spotted the fire. As a reward, the National Park Service let him name the fire. The story says that the lookout had been having a terrible time with his father Robert and to get back at him, he broke the long-standing tradition of naming these fires after geographical features, he named it after his father. Later on, I will have pictures to show there are areas where, 12 years since, the land has barely begun to heal from this man-made disaster. There is a link to a engaging anthology of the Robert Fire in the Related Links section.

FOLLOWING AVALANCHE WE WENT BACK TO Lake McDonald Lodge, a rustic complex of accommodations, gift shops, an excellent restaurant, and other facilities. It was laid out in the decor it had from the beginning. Behind the great room, which contained a massive fireplace and a piano for guests to play, was a porch full of shade and rocking chairs to view the lake from and meditate. Inside, in addition to the rooms, was a gift shop, a bar-snack shop, and an elegant restaurant where we dined before leaving.

Our purpose for coming back was to take the boat tour around Lake McDonald and listen to an excellent presentation on the lake's and surrounding mountain's histories.

Lake McDonald Lodge

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SIMPLE ENTRANCE TO LAKE MCDONALD LODGE.  THE REAL FRONT ENTRANCE IS ON THE LAKE SIDE.LAKE McDONALD LODGE INTERIORLAKE McDONALD LODGE "BEACH" (yes. they actually swim there!)PATH LEADING UP FROM LAKE McDONALD BOAT DOCKBOBBY and MARY (in the foreground)SNYDER CREEK NEXT TO LODGE
SIMPLE ENTRANCE TO LAKE MCDONALD LODGE.  THE REAL FRONT ENTRANCE IS ON THE LAKE SIDE.
SIMPLE ENTRANCE TO LAKE MCDONALD LODGE. THE REAL FRONT ENTRANCE IS ON THE LAKE SIDE. | Source
LAKE McDONALD LODGE INTERIOR
LAKE McDONALD LODGE INTERIOR | Source
LAKE McDONALD LODGE "BEACH" (yes. they actually swim there!)
LAKE McDONALD LODGE "BEACH" (yes. they actually swim there!) | Source
PATH LEADING UP FROM LAKE McDONALD BOAT DOCK
PATH LEADING UP FROM LAKE McDONALD BOAT DOCK | Source
BOBBY and MARY (in the foreground)
BOBBY and MARY (in the foreground) | Source
SNYDER CREEK NEXT TO LODGE
SNYDER CREEK NEXT TO LODGE | Source

Lake McDonald

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LOOKING NORTH ON LAKE McDONALD TOWARD MT. VAUGHT ON FAR LEFT, THEN MCPARKLAND, MT., THE GARDEN WALL IN THE CENTER, AND MT. CANNON ON RIGHTTWO PEAKS, THE TALLEST IS MT.. BROWN, AND A RIDGE MAKE-UP THIS PROFILE OF AN INDIAN HEAD. THE LITTLE MATTERHORN IS IN THE BACKGROUND ON THE RIGHTMT. BROWN
LOOKING NORTH ON LAKE McDONALD TOWARD MT. VAUGHT ON FAR LEFT, THEN MCPARKLAND, MT., THE GARDEN WALL IN THE CENTER, AND MT. CANNON ON RIGHT
LOOKING NORTH ON LAKE McDONALD TOWARD MT. VAUGHT ON FAR LEFT, THEN MCPARKLAND, MT., THE GARDEN WALL IN THE CENTER, AND MT. CANNON ON RIGHT | Source
TWO PEAKS, THE TALLEST IS MT.. BROWN, AND A RIDGE MAKE-UP THIS PROFILE OF AN INDIAN HEAD. THE LITTLE MATTERHORN IS IN THE BACKGROUND ON THE RIGHT
TWO PEAKS, THE TALLEST IS MT.. BROWN, AND A RIDGE MAKE-UP THIS PROFILE OF AN INDIAN HEAD. THE LITTLE MATTERHORN IS IN THE BACKGROUND ON THE RIGHT | Source
MT. BROWN
MT. BROWN | Source

Day 3, JUNE 9, 2015

I have a lot of pictures to go through, so I thought I would publish Day's 1 and 2 now and add to it as I go along.

THIS DAY BEGAN WITH WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE BY FAR the best part of the vacation; a 1-hour helicopter tour over 80% of Glacier National Park. I have been a lot of places in my almost 68 years including flying over and driving through the Alps, being in the cockpit of a C-130 as we flew from one end of Vietnam to the other, palaces in Thailand, temples in Indonesia, the wonderful old cities of Europe, helicopter tours into the Grand Canyon and over the mountains.and many others (did I say I like to go places?). But, nothing, in my humble opinion, compares to what I was about to experience as we lifted off from the Glacier Heli Tour company.

While I have a lot of great pictures, and even more that are not so great, they all suffer from my inexperience in taking pictures and therefor do not even come close to replicating the jaw-dropping (literally) sights on this tour.

I use to fly helicopters for the Army during Vietnam as well as the Maryland National Guard, afterwards. Mainly I flew UH-1's (Huey) during those two periods; from I got back from Vietnam until I left active service in 1975, I flew OH-58s, like the first picture below, It was fun being back in the cockpit, although they wouldn't let me fly it for some reason and besides, the cyclic and collector were missing.

TAKING OFF ON THE MOST FANTASTIC FLIGHT EVER!

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THIS ONE GOES BY MANY NAMES, BUT I KNOW IT AS THE 4-SEAT OH-58 KIOWA OBSERVATION HELICOPTER. ANOTHER IS THE HB-206 BELL JET RANGER (This is what I flew after getting back from Vietnam.A -THE ENTRANCE TO GLACIER HELI TOURTHIS IS THE 6-(uncomfortable) SEAT, HB-206 L LONGRANGER, WHICH IS THE ONE WE BOARDED.JUST BEFORE WE BOARDED; LEFT TO RIGHT - ME, MARY, DONNA (Bobbie's sister_, AND BOBBIEA SORT OF FAMILIAR CONTROL PANALLIFTING OFF
THIS ONE GOES BY MANY NAMES, BUT I KNOW IT AS THE 4-SEAT OH-58 KIOWA OBSERVATION HELICOPTER. ANOTHER IS THE HB-206 BELL JET RANGER (This is what I flew after getting back from Vietnam.
THIS ONE GOES BY MANY NAMES, BUT I KNOW IT AS THE 4-SEAT OH-58 KIOWA OBSERVATION HELICOPTER. ANOTHER IS THE HB-206 BELL JET RANGER (This is what I flew after getting back from Vietnam. | Source
A -THE ENTRANCE TO GLACIER HELI TOUR
A -THE ENTRANCE TO GLACIER HELI TOUR | Source
THIS IS THE 6-(uncomfortable) SEAT, HB-206 L LONGRANGER, WHICH IS THE ONE WE BOARDED.
THIS IS THE 6-(uncomfortable) SEAT, HB-206 L LONGRANGER, WHICH IS THE ONE WE BOARDED. | Source
JUST BEFORE WE BOARDED; LEFT TO RIGHT - ME, MARY, DONNA (Bobbie's sister_, AND BOBBIE
JUST BEFORE WE BOARDED; LEFT TO RIGHT - ME, MARY, DONNA (Bobbie's sister_, AND BOBBIE | Source
A SORT OF FAMILIAR CONTROL PANAL
A SORT OF FAMILIAR CONTROL PANAL | Source
LIFTING OFF
LIFTING OFF | Source

ONCE WE GOT IN THE AIR, WE COULD EASILY SEE LAKE McDONALD (B) and began our flight heading slightly South, toward the Southern border of the park, for a bit before turning East to fly up the Harrison Valley. It was here where I saw my first eye-popping sight at the end of the valley - the valley floor rising up quickly on all sides to snow-covered peaks, some of which contained the Harrison and Jackson glaciers. Covering the sides of the valley, stretching from the just below the peaks at the edge of the snowpack, was a panoply of water falls (E). Not just Niagra-sized (in terms of height), but falls and cascades a 1000 or more feet long, each one taking a different path down the mountainside as your gaze moves from left to right.

While I have seen glaciers before in California (now long gone) and Alaska, I have never seen such a collection of falls spread out before me; it was actually breath-taking. We approached the mountain face(s) from the East and began to climb up. Soon, on our ascent, we are above and directly over a couple of the falls (F1) before cresting the mountain over Jackson Glacier (F2). From there, it was all down hill ... sort of.


The pictures below are in sequential order. Those with a letter at the beginning in the caption refers to the approximate location marked on the map even further down and in the narative.

SOUTH TO THE BORDER

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13:48: B - LAKE McDONALD13:48.1: C - LONEMAN MOUNTAIN13:49: D - HARRISON LAKE13:49.1: WALTON MOUNTAIN and MT. JACKSON ON RIGHT13:49.2: MT. JACKSON, i think. WITH HARRISON GLACIER13:51: LOOKING DOWN HARRISON VALLEY FROM THE END OF HARRISON LAKE13:51.1: MT. JACKSON, HARRISON GLACIER ON THE RIGHT, and JACKSON GLACIER ON THE LEFT F THE PEAK13:51.2: A GLIMPSE OF SIGHTS TO COME13:52: FURTHER INTO HARRISON VALLEY. THE LAND OF MANY RIVERS AND FALLS13:52.1: E - AT END OF THE HARRISON VALLEY13:52.2: F1 - GOING UP AND OVER MT. JACKSON13:53: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL13:53.1: F2 - FLYING OVER JACKSON GLACIER13:53.2: ON TOP OF JACKSON GLACIER HEADING TOWARD THE EDGE OF THE MOUNTAIN AND LOOKING DOWN INTO THE NEXT VALLEY
13:48: B - LAKE McDONALD
13:48: B - LAKE McDONALD | Source
13:48.1: C - LONEMAN MOUNTAIN
13:48.1: C - LONEMAN MOUNTAIN | Source
13:49: D - HARRISON LAKE
13:49: D - HARRISON LAKE | Source
13:49.1: WALTON MOUNTAIN and MT. JACKSON ON RIGHT
13:49.1: WALTON MOUNTAIN and MT. JACKSON ON RIGHT | Source
13:49.2: MT. JACKSON, i think. WITH HARRISON GLACIER
13:49.2: MT. JACKSON, i think. WITH HARRISON GLACIER | Source
13:51: LOOKING DOWN HARRISON VALLEY FROM THE END OF HARRISON LAKE
13:51: LOOKING DOWN HARRISON VALLEY FROM THE END OF HARRISON LAKE | Source
13:51.1: MT. JACKSON, HARRISON GLACIER ON THE RIGHT, and JACKSON GLACIER ON THE LEFT F THE PEAK
13:51.1: MT. JACKSON, HARRISON GLACIER ON THE RIGHT, and JACKSON GLACIER ON THE LEFT F THE PEAK | Source
13:51.2: A GLIMPSE OF SIGHTS TO COME
13:51.2: A GLIMPSE OF SIGHTS TO COME | Source
13:52: FURTHER INTO HARRISON VALLEY. THE LAND OF MANY RIVERS AND FALLS
13:52: FURTHER INTO HARRISON VALLEY. THE LAND OF MANY RIVERS AND FALLS | Source
13:52.1: E - AT END OF THE HARRISON VALLEY
13:52.1: E - AT END OF THE HARRISON VALLEY | Source
13:52.2: F1 - GOING UP AND OVER MT. JACKSON
13:52.2: F1 - GOING UP AND OVER MT. JACKSON | Source
13:53: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
13:53: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL | Source
13:53.1: F2 - FLYING OVER JACKSON GLACIER
13:53.1: F2 - FLYING OVER JACKSON GLACIER | Source
13:53.2: ON TOP OF JACKSON GLACIER HEADING TOWARD THE EDGE OF THE MOUNTAIN AND LOOKING DOWN INTO THE NEXT VALLEY
13:53.2: ON TOP OF JACKSON GLACIER HEADING TOWARD THE EDGE OF THE MOUNTAIN AND LOOKING DOWN INTO THE NEXT VALLEY | Source

Helicopter Tour Route

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A markerGlacier Heli Tours -
Flathead National Forest, Old Highway 2 East, Columbia Falls, MT 59912, USA
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B markerView of Lake McDonald -
Glacier National Park, Going-To-The-Sun Road & Camas Road, West Glacier, MT 59936, USA
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C markerLoneman Mountain -
Loneman Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana 59936, USA
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D markerHarrison Lake, MT -
Harrison Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana 59936, USA
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E markerHarrison Creek, Glacier Park, MT -
Harrison Creek, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
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F markerJackson Glacier -
Jackson Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana 59434, USA
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G markerGunsight Lake, Glacier Park, MT -
Gunsight Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana 59434, USA
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H markerAlmost-A-Dog Mt. -
Almost-a-Dog Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana 59434, USA
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I markerStoney Indian Mt South -
Stoney Indian Peaks South, Glacier National Park, Montana 59417, USA
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J markerSt. Mary Falls -
St.Mary Falls, Glacier National Park, Browning, MT 59417, USA
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The Next Valley

ONCE WE CRESTED MT. JACKSON, WE HEADED DOWN into what I will call Gunsight Valley (I am sure it has a real name, but Google Maps doesn't provide it), in honor of Gunsight Lake (G) off to the left. Guarding the valley to the right is Citadel Mountain (NE of H) which is where we turned our attention. Looking at the map above, you might be able to imagine glaciers sliding north on either side of Citadel Mountain toward Lake Mary.

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GUNSHOT LAKE
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GUNSHOT LAKE
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A markerMt. Logan, Glacier Park -
Logan Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana 59434, USA
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Larry Rankin 14 months ago from Oklahoma

Glad to see you branch out a bit in your writing. I wish people understood that less ice = global warming. Don't understand why they can understand the concept in reference to their beer coolers but can't apply that same principal to Mother Earth.


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My Esoteric 14 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Thank you Larry, and lol.

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