Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Summer Hiking

So, at the beginning of summer this year I decided that I was going to try and do a hike a week.   
I know I didn't reach my goal, but I sure went on a lot of hikes.  
One of these days I think I will document the number of hikes I did and the miles I hiked. 
This post is a mish mash of little hikes Mark and I did this summer. Not on the same day of course. 
I have another fun hike that me and Lou Lou did that I will post another time. 

 Redrock in Waterton.  

I like to make Mark pose for the camera.  He's getting pretty good at giving me a relaxed smile. 


I cannot wait for next summer and its only November.
Path to Crandell in Waterton.  Indian Paintbrush, Michelle's favorite wildflower.

Mark really enjoys fishing.  This is Crandell Lake.  He takes his pole and I take my camera. 

After we finished our hike to Crandell Neal met us by the boat dock before we went on a ride in  Grant's boat.



Bear's Hump... of course. Can I just say that steep is steep?  Cold is cold.  Windy is windy.  Sometimes things are exactly what they are.  We hiked Bear's Hump at the beginning of the summer and it was, well, steep. Short and steep. 
I am always so surprised at how out of shape I feel when I do this hike.  But guess what? It wasn't any easier at the end of the summer after all the hikes I did so 
that's when I decided that steep is steep. 

This is a random picture I took at Cameron Falls in the early summer.  I had just figured out how to make water creamy and soft looking and then with this fisherman there I think the photo is extra neat. 


This is the cool thing about where we live...we are 1/2 hour from Waterton and about an hour from Glacier.  Because we live this close and because the summer evenings stay light Mark can work until 4 or 5 we can jump in the car and find a small hike to do. 
This is in Glacier at the visitor center and the start of the Hidden Lake Trail. 

I can hardly believe this was just a couple of months ago. 


You see mountain goats a lot in Glacier, and bears and Big Horned Sheep in Waterton.

Hidden Lake.  This is a 2.7 mile roundtrip hike. You can hike to the lake as well which is another 3 miles or so, but a lot of people stop here at the overlook. 

Right across the road at Logan Pass is the start of the Highline Trail hike.  
This hike hugs the steep side of the mountain where you can hold on to a cable if you choose. This trail goes for miles and you can even stay in a the Granite Park Chalet overnight if you want. 



So now we are in Many Glacier starting a hike to Apikuni Falls. (1.7 mile RT)









Back in Glacier near St. Mary's Lake on our way to Baring Falls. (.08 miles RT)



I would love to do these same hikes in the early summer because the waterfalls will be larger because of spring run off. 

Babb in the summer can be a rocking place.  Thronson's is a great little store with most anything you need, especially American candy bars!

And then this little antique store is the best little hidden gem this side of the rockies.  There are treasures to be found here.  If this place is open on our way to Glacier or if I am doing a "Babb run" for mail ya gotta always always stop in here. Ask Clark, Laurel, Michelle and Mark...they have all found treasures here. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

4 Legged Animals and More

I thought it would be fun to do a post on the different animals and bugs I spotted this year.  
I have quite the collection.

 Do you see what is wrong with this picture?  
Don't ask me how this newborn baby ended up on the wrong side of the fence.
Seems weird to me. 

 Dixie moved her and now the momma is finishing off licking her baby clean. 

 A gopher is an animal. 
That's Lou Lou and her sweet pink gun. 

 Aww, so cute.  This is Chief. 

 Silly photo right? 

 This ground squirrel is safe because he is in the park. 
Or is it a gopher? 

 Just a big horned sheep just a relaxin'.....

 A Swainston Hawk, I believe.  After going to Alaska in September and hearing all the talk about bald eagles because they are in abundance there, I realized I live where the eagles come every March to swoop up the pesky gophers and I have never taken a decent picture of one. 
 That is on my list for next spring. 

 A duck. 

 A momma moose and her baby. 

 Look close and you can sorta see the web this spider is building.  
He is gathering up the tips of the pedals. 

 Neal built this sweet bird house for me and look, it works. 
This momma built a nest in there and had two babies this spring. 

 A neon beetle bug. 

 Tent caterpillars. Gross. 

 A boring black beetle bug. 

 Ok, This is a cool picture.  
While I was taking this picture I didn't realize this bumble bee had pollen gathered on his little legs. 

 Knarly knarly knarly.

 A crow. 

 Bambi.

 This little skitter skeeter bug is pretty tiny. Look at the detail. 

 Yes, you are seeing what you think you are seeing. 
Mating dragon flies. 

 Mountain goats in Glacier. 

 A white butterfly.

 Seagull. It still strikes me odd to see these birds so far away form the beach. 
They apparently like the mountains too.  

 A mosquito. 

 I took this in my front yard while laying on my tummy.

Michelle knows I like to take macro shots so she told me about this grass hopper that she saw on her sidewalk.  This guy did not move one iota (eye ota) during the photo shoot. 
Such a good model.