Glacier National Park, Montana

Situated in the northern most part of Montana lies Glacier National Park. The park spans over 1562 square miles and houses portions of a couple different mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains. The park has an extremely wide variety of plant and animal life and habitats that house them. Bison Grizzly Bear, Canadian Lynx, and Caribou are just some wildlife found in the park. Lakes, mountains, and glaciers are just some of the natural features found in the park. It was designated as a national park in 1910 on May 11 and contains hundreds of hotels that are on the national historic registry. Almost 2 million vistors frequent the park each year. Hiking and camping are some of the main activities that visitors partake in while visting the park.

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Glacier National Park

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Pavement Preservation, Hiker-Biker Access, and Construction Impact in June

Road condition update for this weekend also available for hikers and bikers

Glacier Welcomes Summer with 2019’s First Artist-in-Residence

Public is invited to June programs with Vancouver artist

Utility Crews Address Significant Water Leaks on East Side of Park

Two Medicine Campground expected to open late

Glacier National Park Photos

Montana Plains - It Goes Forever

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Montana Plains - It Goes Forever

A little like being out of a lake and not being able to see shore - it just goes on and on . . .

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Babb, MT "The Buffalo Jump"

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Babb, MT  "The Buffalo Jump"

It’s not the fall, it’s the sudden stop at the end

For a group of hunters on foot, like the ancestors of today’s Blackfeet people, one of the most efficient ways to take down large prey like the American bison is to simply chase a group of them off a cliff and then harvest the remains below. Various hunter-gatherer societies around the world have used versions of this tactic over the last several thousand years, leaving piles of animal bones (many with evidence of butchering or cracking to get at marrow) at the bases of ancient bluffs. It takes planning and coordination among many hunters—and a decent amount of luck.

In the uplands of north-central Montana, on what is today the Blackfeet Reservation, pre-Columbian hunters built mile-long stretches of rock cairns called drivelines, which hunters used to help them funnel buffalo herds from fertile grazing patches called gathering basins, toward the edge of a steep bluff overlooking a tributary of the Two Medicine River. At two different driveline sites, archaeologists have radiocarbon dated bison bones to between 900 and 1650 CE, with the majority of kills happening in the final 250 years of that period. (The sites are on a tributary flowing into the Two Medicine River from the north and another on a different tributary flowing in from the south.) arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/native-americans-managed-...

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Two Medicine River in western Montana flows from a glacial lake high in the Rocky Mountains to cut through some 90 miles of rolling prairie on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Its banks form gentle slopes in some sections, and steep, low cliffs in others. From a promontory known as the Magee site that overlooks a sudden, vertiginous drop into the river valley, both types of riverbank are visible. Archaeologists now know that sometime around A.D. 1500, the ancestors of the Blackfoot, a culture known to archaeologists as the Old Women’s Phase (after a Blackfoot mythological figure) arranged thousands of stones on the approaches to this high bit of prairie to enable large groups of men, women, and children to drive dozens or even hundreds of buffalo across the landscape to this spot. The buffalo driven to the edge of the promontory would fall to their deaths, making it possible for a tribe to feed themselves through another season and creating a surplus of meat that would have been a valuable trading commodity. University of Arizona archaeologist Maria Nieves Zedeño and her team spent weeks here searching through short fescue grass and blue grama looking for subtle signs of rock rings, cairns, and other stone alignments that are clues to one of the most effective hunting strategies ever devised. The buffalo jump, as it is termed, is surprisingly sophisticated.
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Early Morning On The Hidden Lake Trail

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Early Morning On The Hidden Lake Trail

Another shot from my mostly disappointing road trip through six smokey states and a good chunk of Western Canada last August. This was one of those rare mornings that week where the haze let up just enough to provide a view from the Hidden Lake Trail as I headed down from the Logan Pass parking area.

This was long after a marathon drive to Jackson Hole where I found the Tetons completely buried in smoke. You couldn't see ANY of the peaks in Glacier as I continued my drive North on the second day. A fire broke out not far from Banff, and the smoke from that blaze joined that of another huge fire in Alberta. I made it all the way to Mt Robson before calling it quits and heading back South. I had just spent the night at an Airbnb in Calgary when I caught sight of a chance of thunderstorms in Glacier, and I was off again hoping that I might get away from the smoke. While the thunder never materialized, a few clouds managed to crawl over the Rockies and I set off determined to make it all the way down to the lakeshore for some early morning shots. Going down was not too tough...but the trip back up was more than I bargained for.

I'm hoping to head back again this Summer, but hopefully before the fire season starts in earnest. Maybe in July? After grabbing a few shots that morning, I drove down back into the haze when I left for one more attempt at the Canadian Rockies, but after the sunset fell apart at the last minute that night, I headed home through the haze, which, if I'm not mistaken, didn't really leave the continent until November.

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Map - Western Edge: Blackfeet Nation Lands

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Map - Western Edge: Blackfeet Nation Lands

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St Mary's 04 - The Pie Place: Park Cafe

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St Mary's 04 - The Pie Place: Park Cafe

Behold the place where the mountains meet the plains

The Park Cafe in St Mary is know widely as "the pie place". Pies are fresh baked - daily - and their fame is an unkept secret among those in the know of Glacier National Park special places.

Melissa Scott our certified Glacier Guide - who worked for Natural Habitat Adventures - was our guide/leader. When a student Melissa worked summers at this Cafe. On free time she hiked the mountains/ peaks of the Park. Ofttimes taking pie in a cup as her only nourishment.

The pie not eaten by the end of the day was free for staff & certain others. However, it had to be put into a paper cup to ensure that it could not be resold. Thus "the pie in the cup" was born.

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ST MARY: To the west, the Going-to-the-Sun Road winds through the mountains of Glacier National Park and to the east, Montana’s plains stretch as far as the eye can see, giving St. Mary Village one of the most dramatic locations in and around the park.

St. Mary offers lodging, dining, shopping and activities making it the perfect base camp for your Glacier National Park trip. Several interpretive bus tours originate from St. Mary and you’ll also find boat tours, horseback riding, fishing and more nearby.

Just 30 minutes from St. Mary Village is the Many Glacier Valley, a hiker’s paradise. Visitors staying in St. Mary Village have easy access to Many’s famous hikes including the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake trails. www.glacierparkcollection.com/glacier-national-park/st-mary/

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St. Mary, Montana is an unincorporated community on the western border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation adjacent to Glacier National Park in Glacier County, Montana, United States. The village is the eastern terminus of the Going-to-the-Sun Road which bisects the park east to west, a distance of 53 mi. Wikipedia

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St Mary's 03 - "Downtown"

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St Mary's 03 -  "Downtown"

Behold the place where the mountains meet the plains

To the west, the Going-to-the-Sun Road winds through the mountains of Glacier National Park and to the east, Montana’s plains stretch as far as the eye can see, giving St. Mary Village one of the most dramatic locations in and around the park.

St. Mary offers lodging, dining, shopping and activities making it the perfect basecamp for your Glacier National Park trip. Several interpretive bus tours originate from St. Mary and you’ll also find boat tours, horseback riding, fishing and more nearby.

Just 30 minutes from St. Mary Village is the Many Glacier Valley, a hiker’s paradise. Visitors staying in St. Mary Village have easy access to Many’s famous hikes including the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake trails. www.glacierparkcollection.com/glacier-national-park/st-mary/

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St. Mary, Montana is an unincorporated community on the western border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation adjacent to Glacier National Park in Glacier County, Montana, United States. The village is the eastern terminus of the Going-to-the-Sun Road which bisects the park east to west, a distance of 53 mi. Wikipedia

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St Mary's 02 - St. Mary's Proper

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St Mary's 02 - St. Mary's Proper

Behold the place where the mountains meet the plains

To the west, the Going-to-the-Sun Road winds through the mountains of Glacier National Park and to the east, Montana’s plains stretch as far as the eye can see, giving St. Mary Village one of the most dramatic locations in and around the park.

St. Mary offers lodging, dining, shopping and activities making it the perfect base-camp for your Glacier National Park trip. Several interpretive bus tours originate from St. Mary and you’ll also find boat tours, horseback riding, fishing and more nearby.

Just 30 minutes from St. Mary Village is the Many Glacier Valley, a hiker’s paradise. Visitors staying in St. Mary Village have easy access to Many’s famous hikes including the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake trails. www.glacierparkcollection.com/glacier-national-park/st-mary/

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St. Mary, Montana is an unincorporated community on the western border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation adjacent to Glacier National Park in Glacier County, Montana, United States. The village is the eastern terminus of the Going-to-the-Sun Road which bisects the park east to west, a distance of 53 mi. Wikipedia

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St Mary 01 - Approach: Lower Saint Mary Lake

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St Mary 01 - Approach: Lower Saint Mary Lake

The town of St. Mary is between Upper St. Mary Lake, which is located in the Park and Lower St. Mary Lake, which is situated in Glacier County. Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places, links St. Mary on the eastern side of Glacier with the park’s western entrance at West Glacier.

The first post office was established in 1898 with John J. Judd as postmaster. It closed in 1915.
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St. Mary, Montana is an unincorporated community on the western border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation adjacent to Glacier National Park in Glacier County, Montana, United States. The village is the eastern terminus of the Going-to-the-Sun Road which bisects the park east to west, a distance of 53 mi. Wikipedia

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St Mary 05 - Cafe Dog: "Oh Yeah! MORE!!

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St Mary 05 - Cafe Dog:  "Oh Yeah! MORE!!

Behold the place where the mountains meet the plains

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REPORT FROM THE CAFE DOG: There is some skill involved in getting special attention from so many. Oh yeah! Did I have them rubbing behind my ears.

Melissa - my friend of many years - their Glacier Guide - brought these folk to the Cafe. "To get a piece of the freshly baked 'homemade pie'", she told them. But I know she did it so they would fall into my trap. A head push. A body to the legs rub. A nose poke. A cold nose on the hand would do it if nothing else would.

It worked. (Am I good at what I do.)

Yup, not just one human. Not even only two. But many engaged/ shared in "the behind the ears dog rub". And I just loved it.

Oh yeah! MORE PLEASE!!

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ST MARY: To the west, the Going-to-the-Sun Road winds through the mountains of Glacier National Park and to the east, Montana’s plains stretch as far as the eye can see, giving St. Mary Village one of the most dramatic locations in and around the park.

St. Mary offers lodging, dining, shopping and activities making it the perfect base camp for your Glacier National Park trip. Several interpretive bus tours originate from St. Mary and you’ll also find boat tours, horseback riding, fishing and more nearby.

Just 30 minutes from St. Mary Village is the Many Glacier Valley, a hiker’s paradise. Visitors staying in St. Mary Village have easy access to Many’s famous hikes including the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake trails. www.glacierparkcollection.com/glacier-national-park/st-mary/

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St. Mary, Montana is an unincorporated community on the western border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation adjacent to Glacier National Park in Glacier County, Montana, United States. The village is the eastern terminus of the Going-to-the-Sun Road which bisects the park east to west, a distance of 53 mi. Wikipedia

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East Glacier Park 01 - Welcome to Blackfeet Country

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East Glacier Park 01 - Welcome to Blackfeet Country

East Glacier Park - located on the Blackfeet Indian Nation land

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The Amtrak/ Great Northern Railroad tracks cross the road into "downtown".

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East Glacier Park 03 - Great Northern (Amtrak) Rail Statrion

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East Glacier Park 03 - Great Northern (Amtrak) Rail Statrion

East Glacier Park - located on the Blackfeet Indian Nation land. East Glacier is a frontier town even today. Do not expect fancy. This is why I did many years ago and, as others still do even today - love it.

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The rustic style depot, a seasonal stop open from mid-spring until mid-fall, was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1912. It stands adjacent to the popular, historic Glacier Park Lodge.

A rustic architecture featuring wood siding, shingles and large log columns visually unites the depot and lodge. Built as a combination depot, the station originally contained passenger and freight areas under one roof.

The location of the waiting area is marked by a prominent, wide cross gable and a profusion of windows that allow natural light to flood the interior. Wood-paneled walls provide a sense of warmth, and a variety of historical displays trace the influence of the GN and Amtrak on the region.

Long porches on the two principal facades shelter passengers from inclement weather as they wait for the train.

Trackside, a projecting three-sided bay with windows once provided the station master with unobstructed views of traffic up and down the rail line. Today, classic station wagons known as “jammers” still transport passengers between the depot and lodge. www.greatamericanstations.com/stations/east-glacier-park-...

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East Glacier Park 04 - Glacier Park Lodge

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East Glacier Park 04 - Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge - East Glacier Park, MN US

East Glacier is a frontier town even today. Do not expect fancy. This is why I did many years ago and, as others still do even today - love it.

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Glacier Park Lodge is a rustic, western-themed lodge, located at the eastern gateway of Glacier National Park in the small town of East Glacier, Montana.

The lodge was built by the Great Northern Railway along the main line of the Burlington Northern Railroad, attracting many of the park's visitors who choose to travel by train.

The main highlight of Glacier Park Lodge is the massive Douglas Fir pillars that support the impressive lobby area. Sixty giant timbers standing 40 feet high with a diameter of 40 inches each are used to support the lodge. These massive timber pillars were around 500 to 800 years old when cut and each of them still retains their original bark today. The Blackfeet Indians in the area named the lodge “Omahkoyis” or “Big Tree Lodge”.

The lodge invites you to enjoy the seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool and the nine-hole golf course. The lobby gift shop showcases local Blackfeet Indian crafts and Remedies Day Spa offers massages and other relaxing treatments.

Guests of Glacier Park Lodge will also enjoy several on-site dining options including the Great Northern Dining Room, the Empire Bar, and the Empire Cafe Espresso Stand.

There are 161 rooms accommodating over 500 guests. www.usparklodging.com/glacier/glacier_parklodge.php

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East Glacier Park 05 - "Downtown" Other Side of the Tracks

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East Glacier Park 05 - "Downtown" Other Side of the Tracks

East Glacier Park - located on the Blackfeet Indian Nation land. It is a frontier town even today. Do not expect fancy. This is why I did many years ago - and as others still do even today - love it.

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East Glacier Park is a small village amid spectacular scenery. You’ll find motels, several restaurants, grocery store and deli, picnic supplies, car rentals and shuttle services, horse rentals, historic lodge, nine-hole golf course, the east entrance to Glacier National Park, bars, gift shops, laundromats, ATM, Catholic Church, and filling station.

What you will NOT find here are: banking, health care, prescription pharmacy, beauty salon, automotive mechanic, big-chain hotels, fast-food, or nightlife.

“East Glacier Park . . . is a charming, tumbleweedy throwback with a string of weathered eateries and motor-court lodgings that are only slightly post-World War II.” Stephen P. Nash of the New York Times, July 31, 2011)
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East Glacier Park 02 - SCULPTED SENTINEL

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East Glacier Park 02 - SCULPTED SENTINEL

SCULPTED SENTINEL - sculptor Jay Polite Laber

Sentry Stands Watch over the Entrance & Exit to the Blackfeet Nation Lands at East Glacier Park - Montana US.

An early sculpture of Jay Polite Laber, it is constructed using recycled scrap metal. They have been heard - reported by those who pass by - "to speak in the Blackfeet tongue when the wind howls through their metal beings."

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From scraps of rusted automobiles, bits of barbed wire and the stones of an old mission school; artist Jay Laber has created a statue of two Native American warriors astride their horses at all four (main) entrances to the Blackfeet Reservation. The first entrance sign was completed in 1999.

The bases of these signs were built with recycled sandstone blocks from the buildings at Two Medicine Catholic Mission which was built in the late 1800's. The horses and riders were constructed of old cars which were destroyed in the flood of June 8, 1964. Both events played a major role in the history of our people and continue to do so today. www.visitmt.com/listings/general/landmark/blackfeet-warri...

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Upon A Rock

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Upon A Rock

Luke 6:47-48 King James Version (KJV)
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

Mount Oberlin

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Mount Oberlin

along Going to the Sun Road near Logan Pass,
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Bear Grass in the Highlands

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Bear Grass in the Highlands

The Vine

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The Vine

John 15:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Flowing Through Glacier National Park

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Flowing Through Glacier National Park

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