This week has flown by in a blur–a blur I tell you!
Probably because I’ve had my little blonde head everywhere from Essex to Missoula and Columbia Falls to Hamilton with many stops in between. But…I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This past seven days had me celebrating Glacier National Park’s Centennial and the volunteers and folks who helped make it possible, taking a trail ride in a gentle rain with golden tamaracks as the backdrop, dining at Tupelo, hiking in the rain and snow in Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides, touring breweries, driving along Flathead Lake, making new friends and bunking at The Izaak Walton Inn with trains rumbling gently by in the night.
Our trail riding crew at The Bar W in Whitefish
Glacier National Park Centennial Event
Early morning mist along the Mission Mountains
Driving along Flathead Lake
What can I say except that it’s been a great week…And maybe we can do it again next week?
During September, I was in East Glacier at the same time as this group…
They were in town for a nation-wide reunion of all former red bus driver and their families. During the evening that I was there, they had a reception under a beautiful white tent on the front lawn of Glacier Park Lodge. They also had speakers that included Montana’s Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger and the Centennial Coordinator for Glacier National Park–Kass Hardy.
But my favorite thing about the entire evening was visiting with some of the folks who attended the reunion. There were jammers from various years throughout the park in attendance and I was lucky enough to be able to hear some of their stories and visit with them about their time driving red buses.
One of my favorites from the whole evening was Sandy. He drove from 1948 – 1950.
There was something about his sweet smile and twinkle in his eyes that assured me his time in the park was pretty spectacular.
And based on my short time with these jammers, I’m quite confident the following is always true. Forever & ever.
Nearly 100 years ago on May 11, 1910, the park in our backyard-Glacier-was dedicated as a national park. This Tuesday, May 11, 2010 will mark the official centennial of Glacier National Park. And you better believe the celebration will be in full force! Festivities for Tuesday kick-off with a rededication ceremony at 10:30 AM, followed by refreshments and displays honoring the park, walking tours led by retired National Park Service employees and West Glacier business activities that include centennial book signings, etc. Tuesday’s activities are free and open to the public.
But if you can’t be there in person, no worries. The park staff will be providing live updates on twitter, sharing photos on Flickr and sharing updates on the park’s facebook page so Glacier and National Park lovers everywhere can participate.
For this girl, I sometimes struggle with the words to describe the beauty and grandeur of the park, so today, I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Lake Josephine Boat Tour (Glacier Park Boat Company)
Many Glacier Hotel - Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism photos
Red bus tours are a great way to see Glacier
Hope to see you in Glacier this summer! Until then, happy trails.
Tomorrow is May. Hard to believe isn’t it? I know I’ve mentioned this a tad, but I’m REAL excited for summer.
Reason #1: The WHOLE family is going on a summer vacation this year. This alone is reason to celebrate. I was visiting with the babies (20 & 22 respectively) about family vacations and recalling how long it’s been since we’ve done one. Well, it looks like this is the year. And we’re vacationing here at home with plenty of time spent on Flathead Lake, Whitefish Lake and Glacier National Park.
Reason #2: It’s the 100th birthday of Glacier National Park! And to celebrate, numerous events and activities are scheduled for in and around the park, including the official rededication on May 11, the Huckleberry Festival (I heart huckleberries) and the Centennial Hootenanny (which by its name, sounds like something I’d be into).
Lake McDonald. If you can\’t find me this summer, you may want to look here.
Reason #3: Farmers Markets. Plain and simple, I love these. It doesn’t matter where, when or how. If there’s a local market, count me in.
Market in Missoula
Reason #4: These two jokers are coming to play with us! They live far away and we don’t see them enough, so we’re excited for their visit.
For now, I’ll keep counting down the days. And maybe go paddle a canoe in this late spring snowstorm. Oh wait, I did that yesterday!
On May 11, Glacier will mark 100 years as a national park. Encompassing over one million acres, the beauty of the park includes rolling foothills, breathtaking vistas and incredible glacier-carved terrain.
Glacier and its centennial have been receiving significant coverage as people continue to fall in love with this national treasure.
Read more about the park and centennial through these journalist’s eyes…
Spokesman Review: Glacier Park Brimming with Stories
Boston Globe: 100 Days in Glacier National Park
Cowboys & Indians: Visiting Glacier National Park
September 16, 2009
First Peoples, Two Countries, Three Voices
Flathead Valley Community College in partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) kicked off their Crown of the Continent Centennial Lecture Series last night.
The evening consisted of a conversation with leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Salish-Pend Oreille, and the Kootenai/Ktnuxa nations. Speakers included Herman Many Guns from the Piikani Blackfoot Tribes, Tony Incashola from the Salish Tribes, and Vernon Finley from the Kootenai Tribes.
Herman Many Guns commenced the conversation with a traditional prayer, a perfect opening to what followed. The dialogue spanned a great deal of wisdom and story telling. Values of each culture were shared- such as that of Vernan Finely’s grandmother’s teaching of the importance of using our five senses to Tony Incashola’s comments on remembering where we all come from.
It was acknowledged by each of the tribes that this was an ideal space for such a series– the location is known as the Village Center to the Kootenai peoples. It happens to be the center of the Crown of the Continent National Geographic Geotourism Map, as well.
The lecture ended with wise words encouraging all people to work together to protect these resources and the special culture that exists here in the Crown of the Continent. Each tribal member expressed their gratitude for their invitation to the table. Vernon regarded that it is not of their interest that such an event exists– instead it is the interest of each of the audience members that the conversation has taken place, suggesting that it is up to us to continue the discussion.
Join us on Monday for the second lecture:
Sep 21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Setting the Stage- Describing the Crown Region
Speaker: Dr. Jim Byrne
Flathead Valley Community College Continuing Education Center