I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!
It really has been several weeks, hasn't it? Fall has been happening with a vengeance here in Missoula, and since we came back from Glacier, we have both been incredibly busy. Kate now has two part-time jobs, both in town, one in the mornings and one for afternoons. We are able to see each other for lunch every day and bike commute together as well. The summer smoke has finally been rained out of the valley and we are having great fall weather. I had the good fortune to pick up a Garmin Forerunner at REI a while back, and it has enhanced our hikes and runs greatly. By using some visualization software available out on the web, yoiu can convert the export files from the unit into maps that overlay aerials, topos, etc. Posted above is a picture of a little 4-mile hike Kate and I took around the saddle of Mount Jumbo today.
Kate and I took a trip up to Glacier National Park over the weekend. I took a few pictures with the digital camera and burned through two rolls of slide film- which I'll develop later this week. I put the digital camera case right on a belt loop of the larger film camera bag, which reminded me to snap a few easily email-able shots along with the better slide shots. The above picture is of Saint Mary Lake. The forest in the background burned for much of the summer and was still smoking today as we drove by.
Home sweet dome. We haven't gotten much use out of Kate's smaller tent, but since my big six-man finally bit the dust, this is our only option. For a small backpacking tent, there is a surprising amount of room inside. We stayed at the Avalanche Campground, sixteen miles into the park from the West Glacier gate. The system is wondefully simple. Pull into a campsite, go to a pay station, fill out an envelope with your site number and info, insert money, insert envelope into steel pipe, camp. No rear-view window hangers , gate houses, or crabby old couples running the place. Fifteen bucks a night.
Right when you come into the park from West Glacier, you pass Apgar, at the west end of Lake MacDonald. There are nice views into the park here and we went back at about sunset on the night we stayed in the park to skip rocks and watch the mountains change colors. I edited this photo to look more like I remembered it.
Logan Pass. About 10 twisty, steep breathtaking miles and a couple thousand vertical feet above our campground. You drive up, and on a crowded day, circle the parking lot at the visitor center for about half an hour, then park. Walking up the pass gets you this and many other great views, well worth the wait for the parking spot. The trail to the top of the pass from the visitor center is almost all timber boardwalk, and probably the only hike many visitors to the park ever do.
Kate at the end of the more developed portion of the trail on Logan Pass. Hidden Lake below.
Other Logan Pass residents. Also seen that day but not photographed were ptarmigans, a bighorn sheep, a brown bear, and numerous cute furry rodents.