Thursday, September 6, 2012

~~Quake Lake, Montana~~

Well, this is a bittersweet story of a life altering event that occurred on the night of August 17, 1959.  Two hundred and fifty people were camping in one of the most popular canyons in the West, Madison County Canyon, Montana.  

Soon after 11:30, a terrible silence fell over camp.  An earthquake on the scale of 7.5 on the Richter scale struck the canyon.  Just 20 seconds later the entire wall of the canyon collapsed at the speed of 100 miles per hour, swallowing the campsite, the river, the road and even rode 700 feet up the other wall of the canyon.

Of the 250 campers, 28 died. Of those, 19 are still buried beneath the 88 tons of rock that changed the landscape of the canyon forever. 



It is surprising that the debris left after that horrible night sits still as it did at the light of dawn the next morning.


Even the debris of the cabins still rest where it landed that night.





The earthquake and collapse of the canyon closed the river, leaving a body of water (now, "Quake Lake") rising at a rate of 9' per day.  To relieve the lake and allow the Madison Canyon River to flow again, engineers carved a path through the debris from the new lake to the river.






Today, Quake Lake is one of the fishing meccas of North America.

 




  




 

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

~~Spottings in Yellowstone~~

Around Old Faithful, the sitings were plentiful.



Elk cow helping her calf cross the river.  "I did it, Momma!"

And the following are geyers throughout the park--over 30,000 or so!





  
 This guy was enjoying a stroll along the side of the road...



Who knew there would be lily ponds along the way? These were on each side of the Continental Divide.



 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

~~Old Faithful~~

First view of Old Faithful...about an hour before the next scheduled eruption.  Pretty tame here...





And the Lodge...built in the early 1900's, surviving fires and earthquakes...



And then about an hour later, the show began...








 
She then settles into a postcard picture.








Sunday, September 2, 2012

~~Rocky Mountain Run~~

Rocky Mountain National Park... Though I've visited many times, every time I visit, it is truly like the first time. Awestruck.


Well, these are the closest I could find to "travel gnomes" at the local bear gift shop!  You will see them throughout... 



Entry of the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Everyday is a NEW adventure. 



Wildlife lives in abundance at the park. Some staged, but most doing their thing...naturally.






Many, many deers...

And for those of you that debate over Canon or Nikon...well, the answer is obvious to the locals....



And there are pikas (that you can only see if you HEAR them first) and marmots...

Pika

Marmot
 And a crazy amount of elk... 






This bear in the tree was definitely a favorite spotting... 

This is how the bear looked when first spotted....

...and this is how he looked after the parents of a little girl let her walk up with a stinky bag of fresh popcorn... Morons...