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Jul 20, 2010 - Grizzly country

This morning we headed toward Iceberg Lake. Unfortunately, after last night's storm complete with hail, we got a late start. The sun was too high for decent pictures and there were lots of people already on the trail, so we went only as far as Ptarmigan Falls. The terrain through which we hiked was quite varied. At times we went through meadows filled with wild flowers. Other times we were in heavy shade from the pine trees. Sometimes we scrambled over bare rocky areas and then went into groves of quaking aspen. The area must be gorgeous in...

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Jul 19, 2010 - It was a dark and stormy night...

It has to rain sometime so God chose today. We had a real honest-to-goodness thunderstorm with lightening and rolling thunder so we spent a good part of the day just lounging. The storm cleared off around 5 so we got in a quick hike (1.4 miles) to Baring Falls. When we returned to our cabin (we are in duplex cabins rather than a motel room) we found a black bear on the lane to our cabin. We knew one was around but sure didn't expect to see it so close! He had no interest whatsoever in the crowd of folks he collected, which is good. We are...

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Jul 18, 2010 - Water, water everywhere

After yesterday's hike, today's hike of a little over 3 miles to St. Mary Falls and then to Virginia Falls was a breeze. St. Mary Falls is very pretty. Because it is glacier-melt, the water is a turquoise color. The hike to Virginia Falls is right along a river with lots of cascades. Virginia Falls itself is quite impressive. There is still a lot of spring runoff and the falls were really thundering. Virginia Falls is about 3 times as tall as St. Mary Falls. After our hike, it was time to try to find a laundromat and somewhere with cell...

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Jul 17, 2010 - The agony of de feet!

Jim is determined to get into shape but a 7-hour hike might be overdoing it a little. We hiked up to within 2 switchbacks of making it up Swiftcurrent Pass. We finally turned back because it was becoming steep and it had already taken us 3½ hours to get that far. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was good. The gale force winds from the day before were gone. Along our route we admired several waterfalls, numerous lakes and viewed a glacier or two. We also spotted a total of 11 Big Horn Sheep - all males and most with full curl. The...

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