Aug 2012

Glacier National Park - Day 20

Today was a red letter day!!! The day started with us driving to Sunrift Gorge along Going to the Sun Road. Our plan was to catch a shuttle up to Siyeh Bend but we were lucky enough to hitch a ride with two women heading to Logan’s Pass (just like we don’t normally pick up hitchhikers, we don’t normally hitchhike, but in hiking and kayaking areas it works and is safe). We got on the trail at least forty-five minutes before we would have if we had to wait for a shuttle. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 19

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It is getting colder. The daytime temperature has not been above 64 in several days. Glacier National Park only has about a two and a half month tourist season from July to mid September. The Many Glacier area is still very crowded. Other areas of the park have openings in the lodges, motels and campgrounds, but the Many Glacier area is still full. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 18

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Last night I decided that today was going to be a rest day for me. Mary decided she is tired of hiking and wants to go home so she can bike and kayak. Mary has a difficult time enjoying the moment - things for her are always better in the past or the future. Mary also decided to hike to Grinnell Glacier with a ranger at 8:30 in the morning.

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Glacier National Park - Day 17

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We left the campground around eleven yesterday morning heading to Cracker Lake. The hike is a moderate six and a half mile hike. Mary was hoping to see grizzly bears. The last time I was at Cracker Lake, grizzly bears were foraging for berries on the mountain side above the campground. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 16

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Every morning at 7:00 a parade begins in Many Glacier Campground. The campground does not accept reservations. In order to get a campsite, people arrive at the campground and circle through hoping to find a site where the campers are packing up to leave. There are over a hundred campsites in the campground and very few are vacated on any given day. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 15

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It was thirty degrees this morning. Today’s plan was to do a 9.8 mile round-trip hike to Iceberg Lake. We did the 9.8 mile hike, but added a 5 mile hike to it. Our first stop was Ptarmigan Falls, another crystal clear waterfall with beautiful colored rocks lining the stream bed. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 14

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We really wanted to get a camping site in Many Glaciers Campground. Yesterday the camp host suggested that we try between 7:00 and 7:30 this morning. While the trip from St Mary’s to Many Glacier is only about twenty-two miles it take almost an hour to drive. We left the RV parked in St. Mary and drove the truck to Many Glacier. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 13

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We pulled out of Fish Creek Campground around 6:30 this morning. It started raining before we went very far. Getting from Fish Creek Campground to Many Glacier Campground means going over the Road to the Sun or going out of the park and around. We could not go Road to the Sun with the RV so we had to go around the park both routes take about the same amount of time (two and a half hours to three hours). Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 12

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Today is Mary’s sixty-first birthday. We had planned to do a long hike, but she decided she had rather go fishing,, go to Lake Bowman and stop by the Polebridge Mercantile for a few pastries. Bowman Lake is in the north western part of Glacier National Park. To get there, you either hike a really long way or driveto Polebridge and go down a nasty 4-wheel drive road for about eight miles.
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Glacier National Park - Day 11

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Today we got up early to catch the hiker’s shuttle to Logan’s Pass. Before we could leave our little guest from yesterday had to be disposed of - I don’t do anything with mice, even dead mice so Mary had to get rid of it (the mouse trap worked. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 10

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This morning, while fixing my breakfast, I discovered that we had a small visitor. A little grey field mouse ran across the counter top. We do not keep mice traps in the RV so the first thing on my agenda for the day became to locate a mouse trip. I am afraid of mice - fortunately not as afraid of little field mice from the woods as mice from the city or town. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 9

Today is Mary’s last night out backpacking. Readers should have a report from her tomorrow. I got up early this morning and headed to the McDonald Lake Coral for an all day horseback ride to Sperry Chalet. I had signed up for the ride about two months ago and was looking forward to it. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 8

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I slept late this morning. I generally wake up between six and six-thirty. Today I got up at eight-thirty. I fixed bacon, a couple of eggs and hot tea for breakfast. I wanted to hike today, but did not want to do anything to strenuous or remote. I decided on Avalanche Lake - it is on the shuttle route, it is a popular trail and it fairly easy and not too long. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 7

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It was so nice to have running water (hot and cold) last night and this morning. There are so many little things like running water that we take for granite until they are gone. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 6

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While I was being seen by the nurse at the Glacier Park Clinic, Mary called a truck repair place in Kalispell to see if they could fix our water pump. The gentleman she talked to told her to be there between nine and ten Friday morning. We arrived at the truck repair shop at 9:30. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 5

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It was twenty-four degrees when I got up this morning - the RV was a balmy forty-one. The sky was blue and appeared to have all the makings of a beautiful day. I went for a little walk out by the lake and fixed myself breakfast. Mary, the mighty outdoors woman, would not get up because it was too cold. I don’t know what she is going to do when we get to Canada. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 4

When Mary woke up this morning the first things she said was, “Thank you for not dying last night. I am taking you to the doctor today.” Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 3

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Our plan was to hike to Cobalt Lake today. We got up, ate breakfast and had everything ready to go for the all day hike. I sat down on the couch to wait for Mary and when she came back into the living room she said, “You don’t look like you feel very good.” Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 2

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Mary started the day trying to catch some fish (we have been told there are no sizable fish in Two Medicine Lake. I was so proud of myself this morning, because I loaded all photos from yesterday into the computer and named them. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 1

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I woke up about 6:00 this morning. Cows had joined us during the night and they were milling around. My plan was to try to get the water pump working before we got on the road. I discovered that the fuse for the water pump had blown and thought this is going to be a piece of cake. I popped in a new fuse and it immediately blew.
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Traveling Across Idaho and Montana

We pulled out of the RV park around noon. Our first stop was to have the tire pressure checked since the RV and truck had been sitting for quite a while. Once that was done we were on our way. We drove about 50 miles on the interstate before turning off onto two lane truck route roads. Read More...

Off the Grid

This morning I am going to the Boise City Market with Sharla. Mary will prepare the RV for takeoff while I am gone. I am excited to be going to Glacier National Park, but I am sad about leaving Boise. Read More...

Boise River

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Last night at dinner we talked Sharla into going down the Boise River with us today. Mary wanted to kayak in her little kayak (the only kayak we have in Boise), however, the place that rents inflatable kayaks for going down the Boise River does not rent boats for one person. So our plan was to rent an inflatable and go down the river. Since Sharla was willing to go, Mary could go in her kayak and Sharla and I can go in an inflatable. Read More...

Roaring Springs

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This morning we did a few more RV chores and trip preparations. Mary is not much into doing chores are making trip preparations and I still am not feeling very good. Needless to say, we did not get much done. It too hot to work outside in the afternoon so we decided to go to Roaring Springs Water Park.
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Boise, Idaho

We arrived in Boise mid-afternoon. Sharla picked us up at the airport and took us to the RV. We immediately checked out the RV and truck to make sure everything was still in working order and that no rodents or bugs had invaded the RV (this is apparently a real issue for some people - we have not had a problem so far). We did not find any evidence of bug or rodent visitors. Read More...

Goodbye to Creedmoor

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Before the sun comes up in the morning we will have left Creedmoor. We have been here since mid-February and while there are many, many things I will miss, I am ready to move on. The vagabond within is eager to be on the move again. That being said, today is somewhat of a sad day and I will be very sad tomorrow morning. Read More...

Happy Birthday!!!

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Mary and I went to Asheville this weekend. We took some of our things (such as Mary’s vehicle) to the house so they will be there when we return from our cross-country trip. We also made arrangements for RV storage in Asheville. This morning we drove back to Creedmoor. Read More...

Relocating

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We are getting ready to relocate. Our renter in Asheville has moved out of our house and we are going to be moving back in - at least for a while.


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Through New Eyes

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Mary’s vision has been very poor all her life. She was unable to see anything without thick glasses or contacts.




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