Weekly Image of Life: Adventure

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.”
~Henry David Thoreau

Life’s adventures are what keeps our heart pumping with excitement.  Adventure encourages our zest for new sights, and keeps our quest to seek the unknown sharp in our minds.

On an adventure:  Hiking the trail past beautiful St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.

Some of the mountains surrounding St. Mary’s Lake are: Reynolds Mountain, Mt. Jackson, Gunsight Mountain and Mt. Logan.

Saint Mary Lake, Glacier N.P.

Adventures don’t have to take you far from home.  They should expand and enlighten your mind and give you an experience you’ll remember.  You can find adventures in your own town!  Go have an adventure!   (grocery shopping doesn’t count!)

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 Thanks for joining me today!

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

This week’s photo challenge is DOWN!  
My photo was taken in Glacier National Park at Logan Pass, looking toward the Garden Wall.  The Garden Wall is the rock spine that separates the Many Glacier region from the Lake McDonald valley in the park.   

Looking DOWN the rocky mountains of the Garden Wall, you can see the famous Going To The Sun Road, cut into the rock,  as it winds around the mountains,  very high above the ground!  (light brown line) The road crosses the park from east to west.   If you squint you might be able to see a car DOWN there!  (much more apparent in my full sized image)

At Logan Pass with pink and yellow wildflowers, looking toward the garden wall (mountains).  Looking DOWN you can see the tan colored Going To The Sun Road.

For more information on Glacier National Park, click here.

Judy
All text and images are copyright © 2002-2012 and are the exclusive property of Judy Johnson (unless otherwise indicated). All Rights Reserved. All Images are protected under United States and International copyright laws. None of the images on this site are in the Public Domain. 

The Canadian Rockies Rock!

Nestled in a valley in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by ten towering peaks lies Moraine Lake.   Crystal clear, blue-green water, trails, and spectacular glaciers beckons one to hike, canoe, kayak, picnic, take photos or just sit and soak up the beauty.  Circling Moraine Lake is the Valley of the Ten Peaks, including Mt. Temple, the third tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 11,500 feet.

Pine and larch trees predominately decorate the  slopes on the north elevation,  where Mt. Temple sits; whereas less foliage resides on the craggy, glacier covered slopes on the south-eastern side of the lake.

There is something  extraordinary about this lake and the mountains.  There’s an emotional pull, a feeling  I have when I visit.  When I’m here, I feel protected and peaceful.   I feel spiritual and serene.

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“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.”
― Thich Nhat HanhPeace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Peace….

Judy

All text and images are copyright © 2005-2012 and are the exclusive property of Judy Johnson (unless otherwise indicated). All Rights Reserved. All Images are protected under United States and International copyright laws. None of the images on this site are in the Public Domain.

Wild Goose, Logan’s and Salamanders. Where are we?

Logan’s Pass sits on the Continental Divide, in between mountains, in Glacier National Park and is listed at more than 6600′ in altitude.  Logan’s Pass is often the last area to get cleared of snow in the summer.  They have recorded more than 100 feet of snow in one season.  When we were there the third week of July, 2008,they had cleared the last of the snow and opened the main highway: Going To The Sun Road, on July 4th!

There are a few hikes that you can do from the Logan’s Pass Visitor’s Center.  We took the Hidden Lake hike.  It’s a short hike of 3 miles, but has the benefits of beautiful scenery, mountain goat sightings, and even traveling through snow in the summer!!

 

Wild Goose, Logan’s and Salamanders. Where are we?

We are in Glacier National Park, Montana!  It’s one of my favorite places.  I have some photos to share with you.  I took them on our last trip in 2008.  The first picture is of Wild Goose Island on St. Mary’s Lake. Hopefully you can see the tiny island in the middle of this 10 mile long lake.  

It’s a beautiful spot for photos, especially in the morning.  It’s on the east side of the park, so anything on the east side will be good for morning shots.  The west side is perfect for late afternoon and early evening photo shoots.  I’ve read that you can go to Wild Goose Island in a boat…but I haven’t tried this.  Yet!