Friday, September 10, 2010

Oh, Those Montana Summers!

What I Did on My Summer Vacation  
A "poetic" description of our trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.

A Montana summer is like a Texas winter.
Snow at the mountain pass on Sunday
Bright sunshine, shorts and flip-flops, on Monday.

 Hidden Lake, near Logan Pass
Reffie DID NOT skinny dip.

Bighorn sheep and furry mountain goats
Bambis, Chipmunks, and Marmots
Hummingbirds and Drangonflies
Assorted wildlife amused as the Japanese toured in the little red buses.

Cute little tour buses run on propane.  
Historical reference to the original method of touring the park.

Huckleberry Pie and Rocky Mountain Trout filled my belly
While long day hikes turned our legs into jelly.

The sky amazed us with storm clouds and rainbows
Avoiding hail storms and flying cows kept us on our toes.

Double rainbow at sunset, Whitefish, MT

Jesus may be able to walk on water but I can walk thru trees.
Fit to be tied or harnessed for safety
Bet you haven't done anything like this lately.

Our guides test the ropes and call the first team to the boardwalk.

The grizzlies were out and about but not for geeky homosapiens 
They weren't even "oot" and "aboot" because they weren't Canadians.

Some folks we talked to peed their pants on their hike.
Teeth and paws close, they feared for their life.
Momma Bear decided the human porridge looked too hot
She continued on, little cubs on her heels, moving at quite a fast trot.

The glaciers are shrinking so get close to them now
After a 1200 foot climb, though, our calves were screaming YEE-OW!

 Yes, that little snowfield is what remains of Grinnell Glacier.

I hope you enjoyed my vacation.

Photo credits:  Redbus and Glacier Lodge: bruce_fulton on, Creative Commons license (see sidebar), all others:  Reffie and Hubby


Anonymous said...

Great pics!

But you didn't see any wombats? Tis a shame.

And walking through trees! That looked coo-well! How fun.

As for the hikers that peed. Were they female? I have just the thingie for them... it's called a GoGirl: a female urination device.

I'm thinking of getting one, or two, or a hundred!

honeypiehorse said...

Whoa. Montana pretty.

00dozo said...

You be makin' fun of Canadian accents?? Heh, heh.

Gorgeous scenery! I enjoyed your vacation!

MrsBlogAlot said...

I enjoyed it so much I wish I were there!...well maybe not in the trees. My palms are sweating just thinking about that.

Gorgeous pictures!!

Leeuna said...

Thanks for taking us along on your vacation. The photos are breathtaking. But that rope bridge? uh-uhh. No way would I cross that. I hyperventilated just looking at it.

Unknown said...

Oh I loved being on your vacation! Beautiful!

Mike said...

Looks like another great place that I need to visit. The pictures are awesome!

Jean Knee said...

a lone tear of rapture just slid from my left eye

Deb said...

I so enjoyed your vacation pics.
Makes me forget about living in the sticks.
The mountains! The lakes!
Oh for goodness sakes!
I have to go sit and eat some cake.

Hey, I tried.

ReformingGeek said...

@Quirky - Thanks. I thought about you when I was in those trees. You mean Go ;-)

@honeypie - Yes, it is. Believe it or not, Texas is pretty.

@00dozo - Thanks, heh.

@MrsBlogalot - Thanks. I'm scared of heights but with all the harnesses, the walk through the trees didn't really bother me.

@Leeuna - Thanks. Evil Twin just handed me a paper bag.

@AmyLK - Thanks! It was very nice up there!

@otin - Thanks!

@Jean - Kumbuyah.

@Deb - DAMN! YOU'RE eating cake? Ha! I loved the poem.

Unknown said...

Great shots! I love the tree bridge. Animals are easily amused by humans until they start shooting at them.

Unfinished Rambler said...

I've never been further west than Wichita, but seeing these makes me want to go out further, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing, Geek.

Ivy said...

Great poem!! My favorite part: "The grizzlies were out and about but not for geeky homosapiens
They weren't even "oot" and "aboot" because they weren't Canadians."

But I have to ask, how did you know? They could have been on vacation too. :)

I'm glad you had a nice trip. The photos are beautiful!

Ziva said...

Amazing pictures! I'm so glad you had a great time and that Evil Twin didn't push you off that boardwalk.

gayle said...

Loved your pictures!! We went there many years ago and loved it!

Suzanne said...

Those are beautiful pictures! I almost felt like I was right there with you, even peed my pants a little.

ReformingGeek said...

@Lauren - Thanks. I think the animals were talking behind our backs.

@Unfinished - Yes, please head west. It is gorgeous!

@Ivy - Thanks. Hee Hee. I'm sure there are electric fences keeping the animals on the US side. Hee Hee.

@Ziva - Thanks. Me, too, though it was touch and go for awhile.

@Gayle - Thanks! I'm ready to go back.

@Sue - Got Depends?

K A B L O O E Y said...

The pictures and account were fantastic. I was marveling at the last shot until I read the caption and felt sad. Another piece of Al Gore died today.

Pearl said...

So cute! I love when we go on vacation together!


MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Hey! I work for the people who run this place. That's sort of exciting. I'm glad you had a good time, even if the glacier's gone thanks to global warming. I'm also glad you didn't skinny dip in the lake. You wouldn've frozen your...well, let's just say it's really cold. People from Texas can die when they're exposed to that sort of cold.

P.S. -- Sorry it took me so long to get over here. I've been a little under the weather this last week, both physically and emotionally. I need a vacation, too.

ReformingGeek said...

@Kablooey - It was sad to see photos of the glaciers back in the 1930's compared to what they are now.

@Pearl - Me, too. You are such fun!

@Mike - YIKES! I'm sorry you've been under the weather, Ranger Mike. ;-)

I almost stuck my feet in that water. It wasn't as cold as I thought it would be considering it snowed the day before.

Anonymous said...

LOVE it! I gotta get back to Montana, one of my fav places.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed being on YOUR vacation more than I've ever enjoyed being on one of MINE. Could it be the poetry? or just the fact that you know HOW to enjoy a vacation. I would have been counting ticks.

Bee said...

Your vacation was way better than my vacation! I all I did was swivel around in a chair until I got dizzy!

ReformingGeek said...

@Random Chick - Thanks!

@Dana - They have casinos there.

@Bee - What? No photos?

The Old Silly said...

Wow - spectacular!

The Constant Complainer said...

Wow, RG, that last picture was breathtaking.

"1.00s, 1.50s, 1.75s for the short arms. If you know what I'm talking about, you're probably old, too."

"Boomer brain fog: What was the last, middle, and first part of what you just said to me?"