Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Road to the Sun - Glacier

As I mentioned previously, I chased this bad boy
down while waiting 1 1/2 hours for the
shuttle in the park to take us to Avalanche Lake.
(there's another cool butterfly pix on my FB cover photo.
 Finally making it to Avalanche lake - which was a ride,
We hitched a ride on another shuttle that
would take us to Logan's Pass.
I got to sit in the front seat with the driver.
So cool, I had the window down and was able to take pix
on the fly, because they are not allowed to stop
except for wildlife.
These Prairie chicken chicks were caught on the wrong side
of the road, hesitant to follow momma across.
Thankfully the driver was able to stop oncoming traffic and
the chicks were save.
 However, momma on the other side of the road was not
happy they didn't immediately follow and she
had to recross the road to get back to them.
They scurried back into the grass and stayed there hopefully
until it was much safer to cross.
 The weeping wall.
(Please remember these pix were taken on the fly
and sometimes across to the drivers side).
 No words really and no pictures (unless done by a total pro)
can do the scenes justice.

 The three arches.

 There was also a haze about the mountains as there
was smoke coming down from fires in Canada.
(I know wah-wah-wah) LOL
 Made another friend.
This marmot had a little hidey hole he scampered to
after posing especially for me.
I'm wondering how much he gets paid. LOL.
 Here's one more friend that was a bonus.
A prong horned sheep just happened to wander onto
the meadow at Logan's Pass visitors center.

Bucket list people!!!
It is a busy place in mid-July so you may want to go later
not sooner was they need to clear the snow and
that takes time.
I'm so glad we got back to Glacier - we went a couple years
ago if you remember, or not, and got smoked out
by a wild fire that shut the park down for two weeks so
we only got to see as far as Avalanche Lake to the beginning 
of going to the sun road.
RV's over 21' are not allowed on the road so keep that in mind.

More dam pictures

This is the Rock Island dam and doesn't the
background look fake??
It's sooooo pretty.
 Chief Joseph Dam and it was wild,
water gushing out everywhere.
 They let you get up close and personal to the water too.

 And a stairway that walks down into it
where one could fish.
We made some friends.
Marmosets were interested in us for the moment
and then went and hid. 
 There were quite a few of them living there, and once
they thought we left they popped back out.
 The Grand Coulie dam was huge.
Very pretty- we had a coffee break right down
there next to it.
I was a bit disappointed that there was no water flowing.
 They had an interesting museum at the visitor center
with all kinds of artifacts that were used
to build the dam.
It was built between 1933 - 1942.
Interesting note Arlo Guthrie wrote a folk song, recorded in 1941 for the dam.
He was commissioned by the Bonneville Power Administration
as part of the film documentary.

It was kind of catchy - here are the lyrics...

Well the world owns seven wonders as the travelers always tell.
Some gardens and some towers, I guess you know them well.
But now the greatest wonder is in Uncle Sam's fair land.
That King Columbia river and the great Grand Coulee Dam.
She come up the Canadian Rockies where the crystal waters glide,
Comes a-roaring down the canyon to meet that salty tide
From the great Pacific Ocean to where the sun sets in the west,
That big Grand Coulee country in that land I love the best.
In the misty glitter of that wild and windward spray,
Men have fought the pounding waters and met a watery grave.
Once she tore men's boats to splinters but she gave men dreams to dream,
That day that Grand Coulee dam went across that wild and restless stream.
Oh Uncle Sam took up the notion in the year of thirty three,
For the factory and the farmer and for all of you and me.
He said: roll it on Columbia, you can roll out to the sea
But river, while you're rolling you can do some work for me.
Now from Washington and Oregon you can hear them factories a-hum,
Making corn and making manganese and light aluminum.
Always a flying fortress to blast for Uncle Sam,
That King Columbia river and the great Grand Coulee dam.
Well the world owns seven wonders as the travelers always tell.
Some gardens and some towers, I guess you know them well.
But now the greatest wonder is in Uncle Sam's fair land.
That King Columbia river and the great Grand Coulee Dam

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Driving down the road

They look like snap dragons to me.
You see that bee?
 I love bridges.
 And mountains.
 And tunnels.
 Trains and cars and barges.
 Rolling roads and mountains.
 and Plateaus...
It never gets boring down the highway in the state of Washington.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bonneville Dam

Got lots of dam photos.
Bwahahaha waited awhile to say that.
Anyway, it was a cool adventure.
 They had concerns about the salmon swimming upstream
so they built ladders for the fish and lamprey eels
to get through in order to return to their spawning grounds.
 No fish to be seen yet.
 And lamprey eels need to get back to their
spawning grounds as well.
 They had an underground viewing area where you
could actually see the eels and fish.
 The photos do not show how fast that current is.
I found that on the way back to the spawning grounds
neither one of them eat.
 The eels latched onto the window and in my
humble opinion did it to take a break from the current
and rest a bit before moving on.
 Once they get to their spawning grounds they lay their eggs
and die.
And a fisher bird looking for some food.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mount St Helens

And over the ridge - there's the volcano.
 There's beautiful greenery surrounding the volcano
but not too close.
It's still recovering from the 1980 eruption.
 And 2004-2008 there were small earthquakes
that caused some explosions of volcanic ash and gases.
 And now it's sleeping.
I'm thinking it's sleeping with one eye open.
 Some more shasta daisies.
 And then on the other side of the road is this.

 Up close and personal look at the one side that
was blown off during the 1980 eruption.

 Deer vetch (I think).
They were everywhere by the side of the road in the park.

 Red clover.


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