Spanning Canada and Upper Montana, this national park contains vast craggy, snow covered mountains and glacier blue lakes, as well as huge ants, mosquitoes and flies. Grizzly bears are currently stuffing themselves on huckleberries and all the many hiking trails have bear warnings at the outset. We stayed in the historic Glacier Lodge and Belton Chalet both near the railroad tracks that used to bring the visitors to the park. Trains still frequently run by blowing their whistle, carrying containers from China and Korea. It is called the International Peace Park because the Canadians, Americans and the Blackfoot Indians all work together on the maintenance of the park. I am now in Klamath Falls, Oregon having driven two days straight from the park. One more day to home.
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons both are defined by the bison also called buffalo. They roam throughout the parks. They cross the road and stop the cars whenever they want. There are many babies right now in the herd. They are shedding their thick winter coats and look quite ragged. But they are powerful beasts, fast runners, and obviously look out for each other. If a few got caught on the wrong side of the fence as they crossed the highway, a big bull would come over and show them the way to the opening in the fence! Pretty smart.
I don't have much time this morning as we have to leave the Comfort Inn and drive to Glacier National Park. These photos from around the geysers and hot springs intrigued me. Beauty can be found at the smallest level, as well as the grandest. The national parks have no internet! or TV, or phone service so can't send more blogs for a couple of days.
You can't go to Yellowstone without seeing Old Faithful (top picture). Every 1 hour and 40 minutes or so, it erupts. But all around it hundreds of other vents are steaming as well. Down the road one can visit many more hot springs, geysers and pools. The " Prismatic hot springs" (second pic) reflects rainbow colors. It is flanked by a bacterial mat, untouched by human feet because all visitors are on boardwalks. One can see hoof prints in the mat that may have been left thousands of years ago. More pics and stories to come soon from your on the road reporter: The Grand Canyon and bison.
Since 6/20/2010 I have been on the road. When we arrived in Grand Tetons I was tranfixed by its beauty. It had been raining for 5 weeks before we arrived, and the sun was now out. Can you imagine how green and the extent of the wild flowers? The Tetons were snow capped and towered over the green valley floor, where buffalo roamed, elk grazed and lakes went from tranquil to rough as the sea. The next stop is Yellowstone, home of even more wildlife, bubbling mud pots, hundreds of geyser fields and a Grand Canyon.
Seven hundred people came through 9 artist's studios over two weekends in June, 2010. We are housed in a 1943 Naval air station barracks, complete with grass covered bunkers, and of course an air strip nearby. My studio is WILD AND FREE STUDIOS and I produce what I call tribal fusion art. I learned so much from many of my visitors. They offered tips on paper making, treating feathers, finding hard to find art supplies. and references to artists such as Adela Akers, who some thought I was similar to in my art. I wish! And most wanted to know how I did what I did, and their questions and observation were welcome and very helpful. Those who purchased one of my wall hangings, or framed pieces, are special to me. I wish them much enjoyment of their art.
My house is on the forest, Annadel State Park. Many critters and birds pass through as the back of the house is not fenced. Bunnys, foxes, deer, turkey are some of the animals. Titmouse, nuthatch, chickadees, towhee, grosbeak, and of course the aggressive squirrel live out back. In the spring little baby turkeys peep behind their mothers, and small spotted fawns follow the does. Every day is different, each animal special.
Life is a blank canvas on which we paint our impressions, experiences, wisdom, compassion, and laughter.