Karen on September 14th, 2014

Finally!!  We saw a moose today in the campground – around 8 AM Mike happened to realize a lot of people were wandering around camera’s – knew something was happening – grabbed the camera and got outside – luckily I was out of my p.j.’s and in jeans (although I saw a few wanderers in sleep attire).

This big old guy just came wandering through the campground two sites down from ours – he actually brushed under an awning on a camper.  Walks right past that chair, people snapping photos and much to close in my opinion – I was hanging close to my camper and ready to dash inside if needed.

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We are in the campground close to a rive and so he is making his way to the river.

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Almost there

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And he is gone into the willow brush and just about there.  Now some people were following him and trying to keep snapping photos – I on the other hand thought I had enough photos and went back to eat my breakfast!

Shortly after clouds moved in and looked like rain was coming.  We ventured out though and only got some drops

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Karen on September 13th, 2014

I still have not seen a moose but Mike did this morning.  I will try to get a photo of it to share if I haven’t gotten one myself before we are gone from the Tetons on the 10th.  But here is a mule deer instead who just stared at me from the window of the car and didn’t run off.

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This trail is on the west side of the Tetons, you drive out of the park and into Idaho and then back into Wyoming.  The trail is actually in National Forest Land not in the park.

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You wandering through a lot of “fields of flowers” some were still blooming and some where seed pods.  Because it is not in the National Park I was able to collect seed pods to finish drying and see if I can get any of them to flower at home next spring.

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I would have loved to see all of these coneflowers – I assume they were yellow and I have some of the cones to dry further to get seeds from.

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An aspen tree turned yellow already.

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This trail was just too much out in the sun for me today – although it was in the low 70’s it just felt hotter to me and zapped my energy – after 2 hours I called it quits and said after a rest we were turning around and heading back.  It took another 2 hours to get back to the parking area – I was glad we turned back when we did – although the sky started out a brilliant blue by time we were half way back the sky looked like this – but it never did rain on us and it cooled it off better for the hike back and we had a breeze hitting our faces – it felt nice!!

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Karen on September 12th, 2014

I’m still trying to go through the photos – bear with me!  We are coming close to an end on this beautiful trail. Out of the high country and back to the lake.

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I thought the cloud formation behind this dead tree was kind of neat.

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Looking back at part of the trail.

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I’m not sure of the name of these berries – there were a lot in this area.

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The mountains

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An evening drive on our second night and we saw herds of buffalo once again.

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There were a lot of young buffalo around also that we most likely younger than a year.

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The sky over the mountains at night

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more buffalo

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Some Antelope (or Pronghorns as some call them)

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Another herd of buffalo with the Grand Tetons as a backdrop.

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(end of our first whole day at the Tetons)


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Continue reading about String Lake #3

Karen on September 11th, 2014

I think I took close to 300 photos yesterday so it is really hard to slim it down into a couple post.  And we can’t seem to find a trail without steps!

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Or steep uphill’s.

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Plants and flowers.

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More views of the lakes

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berries

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little streams

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Open areas cleared from winter avalanches

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Some fall color

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Just as I was going around this huge rock I saw something move – look on the trail do you see it?

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this is a yellow bellied marmot – a lot like the hoary marmot of the Glacier park – cousin – slightly different color but a rather big healthy guy – instead of running off he kept posing and actually came towards us instead of running off – just like he  was curious.

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After several minutes of entreating us he left.  These guys are 18 to 25 inches long and 5 to 10 pounds.

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Continue reading about String Lake Part 2

Karen on September 7th, 2014

EDITED:  9/7/14 @ 8:50 AM I have been told that an error message is coming up when some of you try to leave a message – we are at the campground this morning with cell service and using internet off our phones – Mike is checking the problem out to see if he can fix it – thanks Deb for letting me know – Mike will see what he can do to fix it.  EDITED:  9:15AM   Ok, there is a Theme problem with my blog and Mike has taken the blog to a default theme, it will look differently for now but you should now be able to leave comments.  When we get home Mike will look it over and possibly redesign my blog or get it back to how it looked.


 

We have been lucky to see a lot of bear, goats and little critters.  Never did spot the owl again that we saw on the first day but yesterday August 30 we spotted another bear and more goats and this little critter in the village while sitting on a bench eating ice cream (again – good thing for these hikes!) a little ground squirrel of some type that likes holes.

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I hadn’t seen one with these little speckles of white on it though.

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We were on our way back from a drive to Many Glaciers – another campground village area that is on the east side of the park – the only way to get to it is to drive across the Going to the Sun Road to the east part of the park, drive north for a short way then back into the park – on the way back to our campground we were following traffic when the motorcycles in front of us came to a stop – we saw a bear dart out from our side of the road in front of them – it was heading to some small road kill in front of that red car – the people in the car in front had been out of there care taking photos.

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There is the bear picking up the road kill

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And here it is walking back to the woods – never even looked at the people stopped!  This makes 6 black bear here at Glacier for us.

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We stopped at a short board walk trail in the alpine area that we had not been able to get a parking spot for before now and while on the board walk a mother mountain goat and her kid stopped by for a visit – really – they just walked along next to the board walk giving photo ops Smile  it was a cloudy almost rainy afternoon so some of the photos are not real bright.

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Here is the baby – has yet to get a radio tracking collar on it.

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I am looking down at it here from the board walk. – I could have reached out and petted it!

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Part of that trail.

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One of the overlooks!  I think I am walking off this ice cream that we keep walking to the village for every night (almost every night that is)

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One more post from Glacier on the last hike we took – we made some change of plans –good thing about not having a lot of reservations and a flexible schedule – we had intended to drive across the top of Montana into North Dakota and stop at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and then across that state to Minnesota – not saying anything bad about those areas but we thought we might be bored with it and decided instead to drop back down to Wyoming again and visit the Grand Tetons National Park instead – we have been there many times but skipped it this time  – we decided we would rather try to spot more animals and enjoy the hikes there so on September 1st, we turned around and headed back to that area –we are not sure at this moment what direction we will head to Wisconsin to visit our daughter there – but we will end up in Wisconsin by the 19th or so.

Continue reading about Glacier #8 Animals and Things

Karen on September 4th, 2014

That’s right we got lucky and saw more bears!!  And got photos this time.  I had my camera ready and was able to start to snap off photos one after another.  We started the day on the western side of the park for a drive up the west road that goes in and out of the park – the bear we spotted were in the park.

At first it looked like a mama bear with two cubs.

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But as she started to cross the road one more popped up from the underbrush next to the road.

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we just stayed parked in the middle of the road and kept snapping photos of them crossing the road – now and then she would turn her head and kind of look at us to make sure we were not moving most likely and then just keep on walking.

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The looked kind of wet and there was a steam on the side of the road that they had started from – they crossed and went back into the tall brush

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Some of the babies were a little pokey and kept looking at us.

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And that was it – into the woods they went.  Here at Glacier and in our campground there are signs up warning campers about the bear yes but we also have a mountain lion in the campground – we have not seen it but it has been spotted once or twice a day and it has 4 kits with it.  The ranger says because it won’t go away they will have to trap it as it is becoming dangerous because it won’t leave the area.  So far no one has been injured.

After we saw the bear we kept on going to our destination of Polebridge a tiny little historic – well not even a village anymore – a tiny mercantile and they have some cottages and a café/bakery.

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So what did we get one might ask?  Huckleberry Bear Claws of course!! huge

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Huge pastries – we pigged out and each had our own!  Huckleberry’s and blueberries are very much alike – one is wild and the other isn’t.  I think some people must grow huckleberry’s though because there are so many products here made from them – they can’t all be wild!!

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Continue reading about Glacier #5 Bears and Bear Claws!