August 19, 2013 Trip to Waterton Lakes National Park

Decided that today was the day to zip up to Waterton Lakes National Park ( Canada ).

Blonde Grizlzy on alert
Blonde Grizlzy on alert

 

 

Couldn’t help myself and drove into many Glacier ( since it is on the way ) to check on any early morning bears.

 

 

Vehicle challenged cow moose at Many Glacier
Vehicle challenged cow moose at Many Glacier

 

Had a very close call on the road back out of Many Glacier when a cow moose trotted full speed down a hill toward the road ( from my left ) keeping her eyes on me as she came close and not watching for traffic approaching her from the opposite direction. A small motorhome was approaching from that direction and it looked like a collision was unavoidable, but the moose, at the last second saw the motorhome, reared up on her hind feet and turned, all in one motion, and retreated back up the hill. She stopped at the top of the hill as if trying to figure out what just happened and then retreated back in the woods.

 

Osprey Family
Osprey Family

 

Weather was great and traffic up to the park almost non-existent. On the drive in, I had to stop for a shot of an osprey family on their nest.

 

 

 

Paid my $7.80 park entrance fee and poked around the small tourist trap village for a bit, then checked out the in town campground. Campground appears quite nice for what it is, in town, and would be able to handle big rigs, sites fairly close together, but appeared well kept and clean.

Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes N.P. Canada
Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes N.P. Canada

Took some shots of the Prince of Wales Hotel and then headed out to Red Rock which happened to be the only place you could go since the other main drive ( Akamina Parkway ) in the park was closed for construction. Didn’t find any wildlife or breathtaking scenics going to Red Rock, so decided to head back to Glacier.

Not much question that the Glacier Park portion of the International Peace Park is where you want to be.

 

August 13, 2013 Glacier National park

Osprey young testing flight muscles
Osprey young testing flight muscles

 

Just to the side of route 89 where the road to Many Glacier turns off, there is an osprey nest on a nesting platform right alongside the road. I had seen a head or two popping up on other days, but this morning there was a young osprey exercising its flight muscles, probably preparing for its first venture from the nest.

 

Early morning colors on mountainside
Early morning color
Early morning colors on mountainside
Early morning color

 

The early sunlight was producing some great colors on the mountains as well as this partial rainbow.

Rainbow over Many Glacier
Rainbow over Many Glacier

Continued into Many Glacier early morning and soon spotted the blonde grizzly from last night in pretty much the same area as before. Still being before 7 AM, there was only one other vehicle stopped and I had a chance for some great shots as she was no more than 20 feet off the road eating berries, and there were not yet enough other vehicles around, or rangers, to drive her off. This really is a very good looking bear.

Blonde grizzly getting a better look
Blonde grizzly getting a better look

 

Blonde grizzly on the other side of the berry patch
Blonde grizzly on the other side of the berry patch
Blonde grizzly watching people
Blonde grizzly watching people

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did some computer work during the day and then made the mistake of thinking I could venture into the park and up to Logan Pass around 7 PM ( figured the crowds would be gone by then and I might catch some wildlife out ).

Going to the Sun traffic
Going to the Sun traffic

Big mistake. It took 45 minutes to go the first eight miles up Going to the Sun Road. Waited almost 15 minutes at the portion of road construction where they had a pilot vehicle guiding one way traffic through a work area. This of course bunches traffic up in both directions and I ended up in the midst of about a 50 vehicle convoy going up the rest of the way to Logan Pass.

Going to the Sun traffic
Going to the Sun traffic

 

One of the convoys coming down in the opposite direction exceeded 100 vehicles. And this was at 8 o’clock at night!     Madness!   Almost needless to say, I didn’t see anything and really looked forward to getting back to the peace and quiet of the campground.

 

 

Grizzly searching for berries
Grizzly searching for berries
Blonde grizzly standing
Blonde grizzly standing
Checking me out
Checking me out

 

Blonde grizzly crossing the road
Blonde grizzly crossing the road

 

Blonde grizzly crossing the road
Blonde grizzly crossing the road

 

Blonde grizzly crossing the road
Blonde grizzly crossing the road

 

Blonde grizzly crossing the road
Blonde grizzly crossing the road