POTTSLUCK: NORTHERN EXPOSURE travel blog


Raining again!!!!! Much colder too - around 45 at 11:00 a.m.. We decided to see if the Road to the Sun was open to the summit of Logan Pass as was predicted by the ranger. It was but only to there, around 20 miles from the start and right at the top of the Continental Divide. We decided that since it wasn't raining that hard, and since we were leaving tomorrow, we'd drive the route anyway. I got a little wet jumping out of the car along the way to take photos of the wildflowers, etc. (because the mountains were again invisible for part of the way). However, around 1:00, the skies started to clear with occasional patches of sunshine. It was raining a little at the top - had snowed earlier - and was about 40 degrees and really windy. But you could see forever by that time, including most of the tops of the peaks which by now are definitely snow-covered. We let Dixie off the leash a ways away from everyone and she went nuts gamboling over the snow, sticking her muzzle into it and trying to eat all of the twelve foot deep snow. Then, when a ground squirrel caught her eye.....well....you can imagine her joy. Didn't catch it of course but did get her "big nose" into the hole. We leashed her then....

I am simply not talented enough with the English language nor a gifted enough writer to express the power of this place and these mountains. The lodgepole pines cloak the shoulders of the mountains while torrents of melting snow cascade over sheer cliffs hundreds of feet high. That is, of course, the advantage of coming here in the spring. There is such a marriage of the powerful peaks and ravaging water both of which have shaped these valleys. Contrast the overpowering presence of the mountains with the intricate shapes and palette of the wildflowers and that is Glacier NP.

On the way down from Logan Pass, we saw a coyote "on point" in the middle of a field. We also stopped at a pull-out where several folks were looking up at the side of mountain and when we asked, they pointed out four mountain goats. We would never have seen them without the binoculars they were so far up. The were located to the left of a cascading waterful on what had obviously been a serious landslide at one time. Three of the goats were laying down but one was grazing on something. We got out the spotting scoope for the first time and were able to see that their coats were molting off. They looked pretty scroungy but it was thrilling nevertheless and impressive to see them in the wild.

We are going to wash the truck and coach now - I'm holding the hose - way too cold for me to get my hands in that cold water. Then I plan to chop up all of the fresh vegetables and roast them so we don't have to throw them out at the border. I have enough apples to make a pie and plan to do that as well. No use wasting the vegs. and fruits - will make a big salad for dinner to use up the rest.



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