09/07/2014 Betsy

WHAT A/C?   Our morning started out cool at 39 degrees up at Glacier National Park.  We got packed up and pulled out around 10:30 heading down through Bigfoot along the eastern side of Flathead Lake.  This time we saw what we missed coming up in the rain….a beautiful crystal clear glacier lake bordered by beautiful mountain peaks. As we passed through the Flathead Indian Reservation running alongside the Mission Range, we noticed that the air coming out of our front vents was no longer on the cool side.  The day was warming up and the air conditioning was not…

09/05/2014 Betsy

HANGIN’ AROUND HUNGRY HORSE DAM   We decided to explore the area since it was raining so hard the day we drove through.  We went up to Columbia Falls …. never did find the falls … and stopped at the Hungry Horse Dam.   Hungry Horse Dam   What’s in a name? During a severe winter in 1900-1901 two freight horses were lost and starved in the rugged Flathead River wilderness.  They were found a month later and nursed back to health.  Hungry Horse became the name of the nearby mountain and creek and later the…

09/05/2014 Betsy

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK DRIVING TO THE SUN…..IF IT COMES OUT!   Today we “go to the sun” and hope the clouds clear off so we can see something.  Glacier National Park  borders US and Canada.  Our campground is located 7 miles from the entrance to the Park and you are immediately on the Going-To-The-Sun Road over the Continental Divide. The road has vehicle restrictions of no more than 24′ long and after we got going, we could understand why you would take the LONG WAY if going to West Glacier or St Mary’s Campground on the other side of the…

09/03/2014 Betsy

HEADING TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK September 3, 2014   We got together for breakfast and then we parted ways, promising to stay in touch, with Ron and Sherry heading for Washington and us heading to Glacier National Park. Butte This is an original mining town moving from camp to boomtown to city center of historic preservation and environmental cleanup.  Mining operations are situated in residential areas so environmental sensitivity is important. The first mines were gold and silver but copper was abundant in the area and there was a demand for copper with the advent of electricity.  As we drove out…

09/03/2014 Betsy

ON THE MOVE AGAIN! September 2, 2014   September 1st came quickly, the campground emptied out and we had our loop to ourselves.  What a difference a day makes.  Tuesday everyone packed up their summer-long homes and started to vacate Bridge Bay Campground. We got started around 10:00 and immediately got involved in an animal jam on the loop road; a beautiful big  elk with a huge rack was meandering through the woods.  Further down the road I saw a dark animal in Hayden Valley.  Once it started moving I realized it was NOT a bison but a BEAR!  Watched…

08/29/2014 Betsy

GRAND TETONS – STILL GRAND!   We drove through the Grand Tetons NP loop down to Jackson, WY.     WHATS IN A NAME: Until 1880’s many of the natural features went without names.  The Shoshone called the mountain range “Teewinot” meaning “many pinnacles”.  French Canadian trappers referred to the Grand, Middle and South Teton as “Les Trois Tetons” or “The Three Breasts”.  Early explorers called them “Pilot Knobs”.  The name Jackson came from trapper David Jackson.  In 1872 Hayden Expedition named Leigh and Jenny lakes after the guide Richard Leigh and his Shoshone wife.     A busy little…

08/27/2014 Betsy

CAMPING ON THE MADISON RIVER   It’s August 17 and the sky is a beautiful Montana blue – big sky they call it.  You’ve been looking forward to this week all summer your last getaway before winter sets in and you’ve planned a camping trip along the Madison River at Rock Creek Campground  just west of Yellowstone Park. All eight of the official campsites at the Rock Creek CG filled up by early afternoon and as evening opened up, others arrived settling for unofficial sites further up or downriver.  The evening was alive with voices, campfires and children laughing. Your…

07/26/2014 Betsy

AN ALL AMERICAN ROAD Beartooth Mountain Highway   A note:  anyone following this blog can gauge how often I do laundry!  I have to drive a few miles to the washer and dryers and that is where the internet is!  Unfortunately there is none in the campground so update when I can…. That being said, we took one of our days off, piled Billy into the car and took off to explore the Beartooth Mountains.  What a day that was!!!!!! Heading up to Roosevelt Tower we hung a right towards the northeast entrance to the Park.  This road took us…