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October 28, 2014

Somewhere On The Dark Side...

...a door creaks open, the tinkle of bottles rolling across the floor barely announces the bolt of light that stabs and slices through the shadows.
"Pssst! Da boss! She be back!!" comes the hissed warning from the other side of the accursed door.
Dammit! I thought I had more time....how long has it been anyway?
*glances at the September calendar page*
Quick, gotta come up with some kind of distraction...I know!!
When all else fails, flaunt my mountainous privilege!!!

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MH's birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and given that most of Going To The Sun road would be closed soon, we decided to celebrate with a trip to the top. Along the way, we spotted this...

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And, even though the weather wasn't perfect, the mists couldn't hide sites such as this for long...

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GNP - Shafts of light along McDonald Creek.png

Did I mention that autumn is in full swing? I didn't?

GNP - Spots of light through the trees.png

As we drove back down, we discovered to where our friend from earlier was so determined to return...and why.
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Winding our way back down the road, even more of the park's incredible beauty was revealed to us.

Stairstep Falls -
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GNP - Stairstep falls II.png

And, before exiting the park, we stopped at yet another of the unbelievably clear, glacial pools to be found along the banks of McDonald Creek.

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The rain having set in for the day, we took leave of the park to continue the birthday celebration with steaks grilled to perfection and a selection of beers from the many local breweries. Sure, other foods were present, but, honestly, after those first two, who cares?

Posted by DL Sly at October 28, 2014 02:41 PM

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I'll be up as far as Idaho in June. I wonder if I can swing a trip just a little farther. Some of these photos you've been posting are extraordinary.

Posted by: Grim at October 28, 2014 08:03 PM

It's a very beautiful neighborhood, Sly, but I am concerned about that big white dog being allowed to just roam around without a leash. Plus, those stair steps don't appear to be handicap accessible.

Posted by: spd rdr at October 29, 2014 08:21 AM

There she goes again, throwing our shameful lack of altitudinal equality in our faces. Isn't that just like a dirty, no good 1 percenter?

(that's 1% oxygen in the air...)

Posted by: Cass at October 29, 2014 09:23 AM

If you think that's bad, spd, you should hear the noise that commences at night what with all the owls, coyotes, wolves....sometimes I wonder why the park puts up with it.

"Isn't that just like a dirty, no good 1 percenter?"

Hey! I took a shower this morning.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2014 11:31 AM

And, as far as those steps are concerned, they're quite handicap accessible....one wrong step on them, and anyone can be handicapped.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2014 11:33 AM

Grim, I hope you realize that Idaho is further west than Montana....sooner or later, you have to go back this direction. Might as well take advantage of the opportunity.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2014 01:52 PM

The last time I was in Idaho a moose chased me.
That's why.

Posted by: spd rdr at October 30, 2014 02:50 PM

She's only just in Idaho: Victor, which is just across the pass from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. So really, it's out of my way to the north; but not all that far out of the way, having gone as far as Idaho.

Posted by: Grim at October 30, 2014 04:12 PM

"The last time I was in Idaho a moose chased me."

Well, what do you expect? You would turn a moose into a ms. Can you blame them?

Posted by: DL Sly at October 31, 2014 01:05 PM

It probably wanted its vowels back :p

Posted by: Feisty Marsupial... heh :) at October 31, 2014 01:08 PM

He'd need a serious vowel movement for that.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 31, 2014 01:29 PM