Sunday, August 29, 2021

Mosaic Monday #145: July Jumble

I am so blessed with adventures in our beloved Montana that I doubt I will ever lack for blog content!  I have already penned 5 posts about our July activities, and yet I have more to share from last month.  It's a bit of a potpourri, a hodgepodge, a mish-mash.  Welcome to the July jumble!

My nephew took the picture at left - isn't he a terrific photographer?  He was so kind during his visit - always asking if we would like a photo!  And sometimes, he snapped one from behind us.  Awww ....

Kootenai Falls and Ross Creek Cedars are go-to sights when we have visitors.  On the day we explored the area, it was red hot, and ideal for dipping toes (or more) into the glacial waters of the Kootenai River.

Montana hosts are required to ensure tourists enjoy their share of huckleberry products while in the state.  Head Chef made his special huckleberry cheesecake, and we also took my nephew to the Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse, famous for its huck pie and huck ice cream - double the fun!

Before we began our back-country camping trip with my nephew (see previous posts here, here and here), we navigated the white-knuckle twists of the mountainous Going to the Sun Road.  I have lost count of the number of times we have gazed upon the majesty of Glacier National Park from this road, but I can assure you I never tire of it.

The summit of the Road is Logan Pass, equally renowned for access to the Highline Trail and the Hidden Lake Trail, AND the difficulty of obtaining a spot in the parking lot!  I won't bore you with the details of finding not just one but TWO spots; let's focus on the photos and videos of the 3 mile round trip "hike" to the Hidden Lake Overlook.

You might (reasonably) surmise from the photo above that no-one else was around; in reality, this is one of the most popular hikes in the park since the views are expansive, the distance to the Overlook is relatively short and the trail is (mostly) flat.  So, it takes some ingenuity and patience to obtain shots without any people!

In the summer, it is quite common to see mountain goats along this trail, and this day did not disappoint; we must have seen at least a dozen goats, including kids born in the spring.  Sometimes it even seems that they are posing for you! 

Check out the videos!

At the Overlook, a circular boardwalk provides plenty of space for hikers to linger for a snack with a view.

On the way back, I snapped this picture of a meadow strewn with glacier lilies.  As one of the first flowers to emerge in the spring, this is evidence that it wasn't too long ago that snow still covered this area.  (And this picture was taken on July 8!)

We headed down from the summit of Logan Pass, toward St. Mary's.  Along the way, we stopped for a short stroll to Sun Point.  I am eternally grateful to my nephew for suggesting a photo op featuring a hug, and then taking this picture (the background really makes the shot, don't you think?)  We might be getting this one framed!

Our next milestone was Many Glacier, to drop off my vehicle at the end of the trail (where we would emerge 4 days later).  In the past, we have been fortunate to see bears along the road, but at a safe distance.  Once again, we were not disappointed; a mama black bear and her baby were grazing in the meadow.  They are hard to see in the video below, but be patient and they will appear!

On July 31, Spousal Unit and I went out for dinner to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary (it actually falls on August 3, but he would be headed to Alaska that day for salmon fishing).  A fitting end to the month, and hopefully the beginning of another adventurous 30 years!


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  1. ...Angie, you are indeed blessed. Keep the good times rolling!

  2. We sure love seeing your beautiful area and that mountain goat sure is a looker!

  3. congratulations to the anniversary. The hugging photo is really a winner. I think you shall fame it! Maybe adding a small photo of your wedding rings in a corner. :)
    Those goats are too sweet. Both mama and baby :)
    Have a great week!

  4. wonderful picture. I’d definitely want to frame that perfect picture if I were you! Love everything about this happy post! I had to go back a lot longer ago than July for most of my post,with a few similar pictures! ….. Happy Anniversary and may the next 30 (or more) be as filled with joy. …..

  5. I did enjoy your "potpourri, a hodgepodge, a mish-mash" post.
    Full of good things to see and importantly to say happy anniversary wishes too.

    Enjoy the week ahead.

    All the best Jan

  6. I felt like yodeling when seeing the "sound of Music" goats!! HAHA!

  7. Happy to see you two's great smile; It has been more than 33 years since we married p;-)
    Great post with nature and also always appreciate your contribution to us.
    Thank you very much and have a wonderful new week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  8. Happy belated Anniversary Wishes! We are headed towards #47.
    We did the same Logan Pass (extremely early drive into the park to be able to find a spot in that crowded lot, but we saw a moose on the way so that was a bonus!) We hiked to Hidden Lake trail on our visit to Glacier. It was so lovely as there were many many wildflowers, and we saw melting glacier streams and mountain goats. We also saw St Mary's Lake and Many Glacier and drove to Canada to see Waterton Canyon and take a boat ride on the lake. Such wonderful memories!

  9. Happy Anniversary! What a great way to celebrate! Gorgeous scenery, wildflowers and wildlife!


  10. Belated Anniversary Greetings Angie

    Happy Monday


  11. Happy Anniversary! Your nephew took some lovely photos of you and your hubby, the scenery is beautiful. I remember the Going to the Sun road, it is a scary drive. The wildflowers are beautiful, gorgeous glacier lilies. I enjoyed the goat videos and the mama and baby bear. Have a happy day and a great new week!

  12. Happy Anniversary! LOVE that photo of the two of you embracing! And your beautiful! Happy Monday!

  13. Another wonderful post, allowing us to tag along vicariously, Angie... I hope you enjoy many more happy anniversaries together, each getting better than one the previous year.

  14. PS: Thank you for hosting, your efforts are appreciated, Angie.

  15. Both the cheesecake and the ice cream/pie look delicious! What wonderful views. And happy anniversary!

  16. Congrats on your 30 years, looks like a great celebration.

  17. Majestic! I love the goat photo. The whole post feels like: The Sound of Music.

  18. Happy Anniversary, too 🥂🍾 your are such a beautiful couple. Have further many good years together. I enjoyed reading, there are wonderful captures.

    Happy MosaicMonday

  19. Congratulations on 30 years!! And I love that you two are so active and living your best life together.
    I have never seen a mountain goat in the wild ever.

  20. Hi, I'm only here today to link my post and say hello, tomorrow I will read your post. (I'm already too tired today, sorry)
    All the best from Austria,

  21. Happy Anniversary to 'yous'♡ Just look at you two lovebirds canoodling in front of that amazing backdrop. Such a gorgeous photo. One for the frame, I should think. As ever amazing photos of the most spectacular country. You truly are blessed with such splendor!

  22. The two of you are so cute! Happy Anniversary. Love all the great photos! Nice that your nephew came along and took all these great shots!

  23. Beautiful pictures! How great that you saw baby goats and a baby bear!

  24. Congratulations on your 30th anniversary! I wish you many more happy years together.
    How fun to have an outing in the mountains with a photographer tagging along! Great shots. The goats are so cute.
    We're planning a trip to the Rockies (Canadian) in September and I'm really looking forward to it.

  25. Here's to another 30 years! Great photos and what an amazing visit. Mountain goats!!!! Seeing them was fabulous, thanks for posting!!! :)

  26. So beautiful! The goats are very cute. Happy anniversary and to another 30 years!

  27. Such lovely photos! You two are adorable!

    Happy Anniversary!

  28. Those Goats, lovable, lots of films, beautiful. Ah, they are in love, brilliant.

  29. What an awesome post. There were so many beautiful sights here today and I loved them all. How cool to see the goats like that.

  30. Spectacular views again Angie. I sympathize with your ingenious photos as the results look authentically quiet and people free.

  31. Looks like you have been having a festive time, Angie.

  32. Congratulations on your anniversary Angie. Another wonderful post where we can travel through you! How special is your nephew taking photos of you two! Great to see the goats, Mum and bub!

  33. Happy belated, Anniversary! What glorious photos. And that one of you and your husband kissing with that backdrop. Definitely a framer!


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