Happy Winter Solstice

It’s been so very busy  lately that I haven’t had much time to update my blog.  We received about a foot of new snow last night, so this morning Markus and I headed out to take some snow pictures.  We found these Bison and thought they were beautiful wearing their snow coats…_Z3A6029-2_Z3A6070-2_Z3A6081-2

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

Hunting Christmas Trees…

Our family had such a great time a couple weekends ago, hunting Christmas trees and hanging out with some friends of ours while enjoying the snow…IMG_4427

Tug-of-war…

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Sled rides…

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Playing in the snow…

IMG_4541Looking and searching for that special tree…IMG_4438 IMG_4482

My husband with our bush of a tree, bigger around than it was tall…IMG_4499 IMG_4517 IMG_4527

Pulling our trees back to the vehicles…IMG_4537

Some of the kids put up trees in their rooms…IMG_4525-2

A little fire was built to help warm in the kids and cook supper…IMG_4545  IMG_4547

Jetboil apple cider to warm up with too…IMG_4548

Cutting hot dog roasting sticks…IMG_4549

Little Emma’s feet were wet and cold…IMG_4551

Roasting those hot dogs…IMG_4560 IMG_4567 IMG_4573-Edit IMG_4575

Emma’s new slippers!  A pair of gloves to keep her feet warm…IMG_4586 IMG_4590 IMG_4611 IMG_4616

Loading the tree up…IMG_4622

The beautiful misty, foggy sunset in the forest that evening…

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Awesome day spent with great friends…

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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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