Great Falls MT & Glacier National Park

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Over the 4th of July weekend, Lulu and I went to Great Falls, Montana, and enjoyed a couple of baseball games featuring our good friend, Sammy Abbott. Of course, Great Falls also holds a special place in my heart as nearby Malmstrom AFB was my first assignment in the USAF, back in 1972!!

On the way home, we spent a couple of days in Glacier National Park. Weather was off and on, but the park is still breathtaking.

Although the "great falls" described by Lewis & Clark have been covered up by some dams, there's still a couple of areas that remain visible as the Missouri River passes through the city.
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Interesting, the grassy area on the far side of the river used to be a giant copper processing smelter. It's been cleaned up ... and now sports a golf course!
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Away from the mountains, Montana has a lot of rich farm and ranch land. (It also houses 150 ICBM silos and 15 underground control centers where I used to work as a launch crew commander!!)
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Glacier National Park
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I don't know what these flowers are, but they were certainly visible along the trails!!
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We took a trail hike from Many Glacier Lodge, and came across some nice falls. Of course, I didn't have my tripod ... but think this worked pretty well for hand held!!
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Logan Pass was really crowded and it was hard to find an angle without a bunch of people in the way.
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Lake St Mary's Wild Goose Island lookout.
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Concerning the park, we found it fun but there's some issues that future visitors should be aware of. First, there's a LOT of bare trees from the massive fires a couple of years ago. Vast sections of the hillsides are all burned out and it's rather difficult to get an angle that avoids these areas. The Going-to-the-Sun-Road seemed in good shape and had recently been repaved. But the road leading into Many Glacier is terrible!! There were potholes galore and several areas that had been washed out and patched. Once inside the Park boundaries it improved, but I was really glad to have a 4x4 truck on the access road from Babb, MT!!

If you have any questions about visiting the park, shoot me a message or comment below and I'll try to add whatever I can. Fair warning ... we are NOT backpackers so our "trail" time is pretty limited to the easiest access from parking lots!!

Ken
 
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don't know what these flowers are, but they were certainly visible along the trails!!
Beargrass.

Great series Ken. Always fun to return to your old stomping grounds, isn't it? I spent several years working outside of GNP in the late 70s. Never tire of the scenery, but can no longer handle the crowds.
Thanks for sharing these.
 
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Great set of photos, I never tire of seeing photos of Glacier. Local news here is reporting big delays on the Going to the Sun road due to a chip and seal project.
There was some of that on the East side when we headed over the pass. A big section was already done.

GREAT place, Great shots
Thanks!!

Superb series, very well done.
Thanks!!

In spite of all the fire damage, you got some wonderful shots!
Thanks, it was actually tough to find good angles. The fires must have been horrendous at the time!

Great series Ken. Like Nick said, Beargrass. Starting to come out for the season at Mt. Rainier.
I don't ever remember these at Mt Rainier, I'll be on the lookout next time we head up!!

Nice write up Ken, with good images, thanks for sharing!
Thanks!!

Very nice series. GNP is a beautiful place and you captured it well.
Thanks!!

Loved your photos and commentary!
Thanks!!

Ken
 
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