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Glacier National Park
- west entrance -
September 1, 2009

gateway to Glacier National Park
sign - Glacier National Park
sign - Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald
Lake McDonald
Lake McDonald
Lake McDonald

McDonald Falls - not big, but it was beautiful

danger sign
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls

A tunnel - imagine the time and manpower it took to bore through 192 feet of mountain using 1926 technology

A very short tunnel
inside the tunnel

The park's tour bus - but the two RV Gypsies did their own driving through the park

the park's tour bus

scenery from overlooks

scenery from overlooks
scenery from overlooks

Bird Woman Falls cascades 492 feet from the slopes of Mt. Oberlin.

sign - hanging valley
bird woman falls
bird woman falls
the road below
scenery
a g;acoer

Weeping Wall - A gushing waterfall in spring but the flow reduces to a mere trickle in late summer and fall.

sign - weeping wall
weeping wall
weeping wall
weeping wall

The sign below mentioned the Triple Arches, one mile east. Luckily, Karen was able to get a quick photo of the Triple Arches as they continued their drive.

sign - Going-to-the-Sun Road
sign - Going-to-the-Sun Road

The east entrance (Going-to-the-Sun Road) had lots of construction going on and delays were 5 minutes to 30 minutes long. But that did provide opportunities to take great photographs. If you drive an RV, there are length restrictions on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Lee reading the signs
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery

No time to stop - too much traffic, so Karen quickly photographed the Triple Arches- one of the most difficult engineering feats at Glacier National Park. Karen can be seen in the car's mirror as she took the photograph.

triple arches
triple arches

Logan Pass sits on the Continental Divide at 6,646 feet. Alpine meadows filled with wildflowers carpet the hillsides.

Logan Pass - Continental Divide
Logan Pass - Continental Divide
sign - Glacier National Park
mountain

wildlife

ground squirrel
ground squirrel
ground squirrel
ground squirrel
raven on car
raven on car
sign - grizzly bear country
sign - centenial for park
mtn with big horn sheep
USA flag and mtn with big horn sheep

Big Horn Sheep on the mountain - the photo on the left was taken with a 300mm zoom lens, then trimmed in to get the photo on the right.

big horn sheep
big horn sheep

Below: A tunnel in the mountain - and the sheer cliffs

tunnel
tunnel

Below: A waterfall in the distant scenery

waterfall
waterfall

Below: water cascading down the cliff - Lee thought it better than the "weeping wall" from earlier

another weeping wall
another weeping wall

Below: waterfalls by the roadside

waterfall
waterfall
Karen Duquette and a waterfall
Karen Duquette and a waterfall
Karen Duquette and a waterfall
Karen Duquette and a waterfall

FYI: In 1850 there were 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park. In 1968, there were only 50 glaciers, and in 2009 there are only 26 glaciers. By the year 2030, it is guessed that there will NOT be any glaciers in Glacier National Park.

sign about glaciers melting
Jackson Glacier

Above - the two RV Gypsies stopped to photograph Jackson Glacier and met a nice couple from Pompano Beach Florida. What a small world.

sign
many glacier

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls - a 3.6 mile hike and fantastic water falls