When the Sun Hits the Tetons…

When the sun hits those peaks…oh my heart sings!  We had a wonderful two and a half week vacation camping in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.  IMG_1495

Life has been busy and full!  Trying to get caught up on real life, farm work, and going through pictures from the trip.  🙂

An Afternoon Whale Watching…

Every time we have visited the coast we have wanted to go out on the ocean and do some whale watching. Usually we are in quite a rush and can’t quite fit it in but this time we had a couple of quiet days in Oceanside, CA.  So we were pleasantly surprised to find a local business that held daily tours at very reasonable rate so we decided to give it a try…

The ship…IMG_5295Our crew….

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Headed back to land…IMG_5540Past the buoy…IMG_5585-Edit IMG_5606

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Gone for the Week!

Seems like a good time leave town….

Severe Weather Alerts – Kalispell, MT

  • Winter Weather Advisory

    Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Saturday, 11:00 AM MST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST
SATURDAY…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST
SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS/TIMING: LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING BECOMING
MODERATE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. ROADS WILL LIKELY
BE SLICK AND SNOW COVERED THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. NORTHEAST
WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE FRIDAY NIGHT… CAUSING BLOWING
SNOW AND LOW VISIBILITY THROUGH FAVORED WIND AREAS… SUCH AS
ON HIGHWAY 2 THROUGH BADROCK CANYON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 INCHES…LOCALLY UP TO 4.

* WINDS: BECOMING NORTHEAST FRIDAY NIGHT 10-20 MPH GUSTING TO 35
MPH… MAINLY THROUGH THE NORTHERN FLATHEAD VALLEY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…FLATHEAD LAKE…FLATHEAD VALLEY…
MISSION VALLEY…POLSON

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Looking forward to the sand between my toes, sun on my face and spending some time with my husband, our oldest son and his wife!  🙂img_1718

The Icefields Parkway In Banff & Jasper National Park

Earlier this fall my husband and I had the opportunity to stay in Jasper, Alberta in Jasper National Park.  We had to be home in Kalispell, MT the next day.  We had a whirlwind day with lots of stops, picture taking and rushing.  Definitely not ideal but it was so neat to see the glacial icefields and various other sights along the way.  Today I’ll share with you all the one stop at the Icefields, that my husband in particular was very excited to see…

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The cool blue, turquoise glacial ice was beautiful…IMG_1076

Some rocks with glacial striations…IMG_1120 IMG_1123

Rugged mountain peaks…IMG_1127-Edit IMG_1131

More glacial striations!  It’s unimaginable the amount of pressure and force of the ice to make these marks  on these rocks, let alone that they carved these valley out…IMG_1132-Edit

The icefield…

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More turquoise glacial ice…IMG_1154-Edit IMG_1159

Picture opportunity…         IMG_1164

A tour bus going up the steep mountain side up to the glacier…

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Glacial snow covered in pebbles that were carried in the l layers of snow that use to be above the snow/ice but have now melted.  It’s quite a thing to think about the water flowing besides the ice and wonder when it was in liquid form last?IMG_1179-Edit

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The beautiful scenery was breathtaking! IMG_1220-Edit

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Vacation…

 

We are back after a 15 day vacation.  My husband had a business meeting in Seattle so we (the whole family plus Grammy ~ 10 people in all) spent a couple of days hanging around there and then we crossed on the ferry and started our Highway 101 adventure!  We toured through parts of Olympic National Park and then followed the coast down to San Francisco and then cut across California, Nevada and Idaho to make it back to Bozeman, MT just in time for my husband to have another business meeting then headed home.  This is one of the thousands of pictures I took on our little trip and was taken in Olympic National Park….

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