Leaky Mountains

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Glacier National Park.

August 12, 2018

Yesterday we headed to Glacier National Park.  We thought the smoky situation would get better after we got over the mountains in Idaho, but it got progressively worse as we neared the park.  We could barely see the mountains when we got here because of the smoke.

The air cleared last night and we entered the park through the West Glacier entrance and drove on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a 50 mile long road that goes along the shores of two of the park’s largest lakes and goes along the side of the mountain below the Continental Divide and through Logan Pass.  It is a narrow road that hugs the cliffs.  This is one of the most beautiful highways in the world.

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Dart in Glacier National Park.

When we entered the park, there were some fire fighters entering the park at the same time.  Not far into the park, we saw a fire across the lake.  The fire fighters were standing on our side of the lake, so they weren’t in a position to do much about the situation.

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Fire in Glacier National Park.

We left the fire and the fire fighters behind and drove through the park.  It is stunning.  The road through the park takes you through spectacular scenery.  The mountains are leaking everywhere.  There is water poring out between the rocks, so it looks as though the rocks are weeping.  There are waterfalls everywhere.  We saw some glaciers and there are still patches of snow here and there.  And, the wildflowers are beautiful.

The park information indicates there is a thriving population of black bears and grizzlies.  There are also cougars and wolves in the park.  If we hike in the area, we’ll bring our bear spray.

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Glacier National Park.

On the way back out of the park, we could see that the fire was larger.  We saw a couple of planes that were attempting to put the fire out with water.  The planes would get the water out of the lake and swing around to drop it on the fire.  The planes look so small compared to the fire, it doesn’t seem like it could be doing much.  Hopefully, it is.

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Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park.

 

4 Comments on “Leaky Mountains

  1. Glacier is one of the few places in the USA that water falling on one side of the Continental Divide ends up on the other side of the Divide. The mountains are very porous (most are mudstone) and the water leaks from one side of the Divide to the other side. One of my favorite places. I leave for WY on Tuesday. My pass you on the road.

    • We will be in Cody, Wyoming on Wednesday. We should be in Wyoming at the same time. I will keep an eye out for you.

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