2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:02 am

Here's a 5 minute video clip showing what East Glacier Village looks like after record snowfall last month.
Keep in mind that we have more "snow season" yet to come.
April, May, even June have been known to have the occasional 2-3 foot dump of snow.
8)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAib0pS_ajc
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby MarxMN » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:51 am

Thanks for the east side pictures. There is a lot of snow and, yes, there is plenty of snow season left.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby llholmes1948 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:46 am

Pete,

Thanks for your East Glacier video update! It sounds like the crows are outnumbering the people there this winter (or I guess it is now spring even in East Glacier).

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby tibber » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:20 am

the snow on the roofs was so high. The E Glacier Motor Inn cabins... OMG! I sure hope the snow melts slowly as I don't know where all that water is going to go. Do they get chinooks there in E Glaicer/Browning area?
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:39 am

Personal trivia.
50 years ago today on March 25, 1968 I enlisted in Uncle Sam's Navy .
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The good old days....when I had hair. 8)

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:13 am

HAPPY EASTER !!!


I had a busy day at work Saturday so couldn't spend much time at Lake McDonald.
Drove out there to snowshoe and no sooner got to Apgar when I got called in.
Went back out and had to return to Kalispell again!
Too late to do anything by the time I returned 2nd time :(

Here's a video clip I may use as an introduction to future "lame videos" 8)
Me and Clyde had fun making it! :arrow:
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https://youtu.be/rU0qKjrMqZQ

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Helicopter City approaching West Glacier
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windy and cold
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The gal on the left kneeling was taking video and photos of the couple dancing on the dock. They had to be freezing there butts off in the wind out there!
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My lil buddy, "Stinker" the Stellar's Jay, came to see me 8)
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Good reflection in his eye on original. The variety of Clyde's feathers just amazes me. Ravens have great "control" over their feathers allowing them to "express themselves" in so many ways.
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Clyde checking out Mt Brown
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The "Twin Centers of Attention"....and we love it! :mrgreen:

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:01 am

Things are melting out here in West Glacier although it seems at a "glacial" pace at times. 8)
I had a little time after errands and before the start of the back nine of The Masters. :arrow:

So I took a few snaps around Lake McDonald Lodge.


pete :wink:

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Snyder Creek beside the lodge
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Looking down creek towards the lake
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I took a few where the creek flows into the lake
I was thinking(always dangerous for me right? 8) ) that I could put on some waders equipped with "MicroSpikes" and wade up the creek a ways towards the bridge for a different "low angle" perspective. It's not deep, but no way to get down the bank safely---and dry. Might work. Y'all think?

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Doug's cottonwood tree
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It was calm briefly. Stanton and Vaught across the lake
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Four Way Stop at the West Glacier Visitor Center. They tore up the road from here to the turn back into the Apgar picnic area.
The snow is actually deeper than it looks because the road bed was dug out down about 12-18". They're gonna have to bring in their big daddy snowblower and get rid of that snow. That much snow will be forever melting. I would think they'll want to finish that section before it gets too busy. Detouring GTTS road traffic through Apgar Village(as they've been doing all winter) will be a nightmare otherwise.

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The BC Office is now open. They were in there and I was tempted to go in and ask questions about how the permit process was going but changed my mind.
I'm sure they have been hassled enough and I don't want to piss them off asking questions at this point.
After talking with Heidi face to face at Headquarters, I believe she is the person to ask questions to. "She's good people".
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The "bike path", just down from the BC Office isn't quite ready just yet...'cept maybe for skiing.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:14 am

I had to abandon my image sites at both Photobucket and Flickr.
Both became just too annoying and unwieldy--for me.

Same with videos at YouTube. I had hundreds of video clips and had a hard time finding one when I wanted.
Plus Google is so intrusive and annoying. I wanted to get away from Google if possible.
I still may have to use YouTube in the future--dunno yet.

I have opened an account at PeteandClyde.SmugMug.com and I'll see how it works out.

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Over time I will reload my better images 8) and videos on SmugMug.
I'm going to have a separate "gallery" for the various locations in the park.

Here are a few images from yesterday at Lake McDonald.
Nothing new or earth shaking, just the usual stunning beauty of Lake McDonald on a nice Spring day! 8)

pete :wink:

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This 4 pane pano looking back at the Apgar Mountains is cut off here on the chat. Click on the link for all of it.
https://photos.smugmug.com/Lake-McDonal ... a3A-X2.jpg

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby MarxMN » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:14 am

Pete,

That Apgar Mountain panorama is incredible. The reflection is perfect. The lake water had to be very still.

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby llholmes1948 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:01 am

Pete,

Those are great photos. Thanks for posting them!

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:06 pm

llholmes1948 wrote:Pete,

Those are great photos. Thanks for posting them!

Lyman
MarxMN wrote:Pete,

That Apgar Mountain panorama is incredible. The reflection is perfect. The lake water had to be very still.

Bill


Thanks guys. I know they are repeats from the same places.
Kind of fun to see how spring emerges from winter out here.
Once the change begins in earnest, the change can sometimes be dramatic.


Sunday, I plan to drive out to Polebridge and bike/hike back towards Kintla Lake. Might be a good sunrise and/or see some animals.
The elk could still be out around Big Prairie. Get something other than Lake McDonald snaps. 8)


pete :wink:

The snow down low is melting out, and I'm sure it's melting up high as well, but...
There is a LOAD of snow up there to melt once you get above 5000-6000ft.
Apgar mt is on the right. Check out that cornice on the mountain to the NW of Apgar

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Closer look. That mountain is a long way off and yet look at that cornice.
I wouldn't want to get caught under that if/when it slides.

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And I KNOW I wouldn't want to be on the Avalanche Creek trail if another avalanche like the one on Mt Cannon in 2011 happens again.
I took this yesterday. You can see how if that top part above the cliff band slides, it will drop right on that "funnel" shaped area and 1000's of tons of snow will shoot right down to where the Hidden lake outlet creek joins Avalanche Creek...Same as happened in 2011.

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Too windy for reflections and a sort of "blah" day.
I didn't stay long at Lake McDonald Lodge.


Snyder creek is starting to rise. I'm sure it's being watched daily.
With all the snow still up around Sperry and that drainage, a major rain storm would not be welcome at this time.

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My lil buddy "Stinker" the Steller's Jay is tough to photograph. He never seems to stop moving!
Steller's Jays are really beautiful with such vivid colors against the snow.

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And of course I had to show Stinker's big cousin, the largest bird in the corvid family... "Clyde" the Raven 8)
I haven't seen Bonnie for a while. I'm hoping she is incubating eggs! :mrgreen:

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:14 pm

Snaps from the North Fork April 22, 2018.

You'll notice that all these pics have been "repaired" :(
More on that at another time.
I have a few more pictures I took with my P&S that might be worth posting later.

I took a few around Polebridge because I had an idea that may help those people looking for transportation help
on their backpacks beginning/ending at either Kintla or Bowman.

Got started at about 0720 and it was CHILLY---mid 20's. Clear sky overnight. No wind.
My first major mistake was being too lazy to pack my snowshoes--had them in Jaybird too. :evil:
The 3 1/2 miles going out was "ok" not too much postholing since the snow was still firm and crusty in most places.

Coming back was hell. The sun came out and the day warmed considerably while I was eating lunch where I stopped---across from last private home.
The snow had become soft enough that I post holed pretty much the whole way back---the road is 90% snow covered from nothing to ~2-3 feet.
I'd step forward and sink to my upper calf or more :(

Anyway, lesson learned 8)


On the way out. I think that is Numa Ridge on the far right.
I think the huge mountain "complex" is comprised of Mt Peabody, Reuter Peak, and Parks Peak....and maybe parts Kintla and Kinnerly too.

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Shift to the right---Rainbow Peak is on right. Numa ARidge about center.
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The old homestead from ~1913.
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Big Mountains, Big Prairie, and a skinny old geezer 8)
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The edge of the road is under my feet. This was the extreme, but that road was hell to walk on going back with no snowshoes.
Made the geezer sweat!! :)

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For the new folks...The community of Polebridge as you approach from the Polebridge ranger Station.
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The Northern Lights Saloon. The Polebridge Mercantile is to the immediate right.
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The Polebridge Mercantile. Notice the "bulletin board" in front of the black truck.
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You'll see a reference to the "North Fork News". I think they post things from the North Fork News on this bulletin board as well as their web site.
Those backpackers who are looking for transportation help might want to look into posting a notice on this website. Read about the website owner. Maybe contact her directly and explain what you want to do. She knows everyone in the North Fork. If there is a way to find a ride in advance, she or the website may be able to help.

Here:
http://nfnews.net/

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This meatball "hot pocket" was very good. They didn't skimp on the meatballs. Red sauce is "organic" too if that matters. 8)
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And I am so happy to report that the cinnamon buns this year are much better than last year---at least today they were.
No way I can pass by the Merc without getting one!

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby llholmes1948 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:35 pm

Pete,

Great photos. Sorry to hear it was such an effort to get them however as I sit here looking at them I am going to tell you that your sacrifice was worth it in my opinion!

Stay well,
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:23 am

llholmes1948 wrote:Pete,

Great photos. Sorry to hear it was such an effort to get them however as I sit here looking at them I am going to tell you that your sacrifice was worth it in my opinion!

Stay well,
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It wasn't that bad Lyman :D
I was just really annoyed with myself for not wearing my snowshoes.
It was a nice day and looks like we may have more!
https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.p ... H04Zlz-AfJ
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby McKee80 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:48 am

Great pictures, Pete. Thanks for posting. Permit in hand, seeing pictures like this are getting me all fired up for my first trip out there!
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