01 November 2014

High Water Mark - Glacial Lake Missoula, Missoula, Montana

4200 feet above sea level makes for a great Missoula Valley view. This high water marker for Glacial Lake Missoula was a great excuse to pause and ponder: how many years ago was our present view underwater? did anyone care about lakefront lots back then?  who drew the short straw to schlep this huge stone marker up the mountain?

Thanks to the Ice Age Floods Institute for placing these hefty conversation starters.

Click the text links to get a few answers and perhaps provoke additional pondering.

31 October 2014

Blisterless Bounty - Mount Jumbo, Missoula, Montana

“I have paid for my experience with a square yard of blisters, and a mile or so of scratches. I have eaten a ton of flapjacks and more bacon than is ladylike to remember.” - Mary Roberts Rinehart, on her travels in Glacier Park

Thankfully, my recent Mount Jumbo trek did not result in blisters; sadly, no flapjacks or bacon, either. But we did partake of informal communion amidst the mountaintop grasses and vast views - no better sustenance for the soul.

Click here to view fascinating photos of women wilderness hikers of the early 1900s, and to read more of Mary Roberts Rinehart's Glacier Park observations. May we ever be thankful to not have to don ankle-length skirts before venturing into nature's byways.

30 October 2014

Going Out To See - Missoula, Montana

“[T]he wind beats against the wood and the glass and sends its fleshless pucker against the eaves and sooner or later you have to put down what you were doing and go out and see.
And you can stand on your stoop or in your dooryard at midafternoon and watch the cloud shadows rush across Griffen's pasture and up Schoolyard Hill, light and dark, light and dark, like the shutters of the gods being opened and closed.” ~Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot'

29 October 2014

Hardy Summit Dweller - Mount Jumbo, Missoula, Montana

I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –

Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –

Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –

28 October 2014

Upward - Missoula, Montana

‘I think,’ said Christopher Robin, ‘that we ought to eat all our Provisions now, so we shan’t have so much to carry.’ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, 1954

(Click the Winne-the-Pooh text link above to hear A.A.Milne read from his classic story.)