Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Hikes...Summit, Apukini Falls and Iceberg Lake

Last year I decided to try and do a hike a week.  I'm not sure if I reached that goal, but I am on a roll so far for 2015. 
Our first official hike was to Summit Lake in Waterton and was 5 miles roundtrip with a few hairpin turns and cascading waterfalls crossing the trails due to it being June.  

Mark and I saw a moose here a few years ago when we did this hike in mid September. 

There was quite a bit of snow on the last leg of the hike ...due to it being June.
(Hi Lou Lou)

This is the start to Apukini Falls in Many Glacier. This hike is 2 miles roundtrip which is about twice as long as Bears Hump in Waterton and 1/2 as steep. 

I am totally embracing the sweet lines on my face. 
55, that's right baby!

Again, due to it being June the waterfalls have more water. 

This hike in Many Glacier was 9.7 miles round trip and it was worth every step. The end of the trail was soooo pretty. Just you wait and see. 
The weather could not have been more perfect. Clear blue skies and perfect temperature. 
See the jagged rock mountain yonder?  
That's where we are headed, me, Dixie and Lou Lou. 

There was a fair amount of Beargrass
this year and in two years the Beargrass should be at it's peak.

This is a small lake before Iceberg. 
Not sure of the name, but I'm guessing it's formed 
from runoff. 

I hear there are glacier chunks in this lake even at the end of summer. 

Lou Lou was having fun with my phone.

And I with my little camera. 
I didn't bring my nice camera so these pictures plus the iPhone pictures are just for viewing here. I thought I would give my hiking buddies a break from me taking pictures of wildflowers every 50 steps and plus my lens is a heavy one, but I think I may have to carry it for the rest of the summer because I would have loved to get a better picture of the lake. 

Dixie was having fun watching us take selfies. 

It looks like she caught Lou Lou in a funny selfie conversation. 

The color of the water was just this pretty. This picture doesn't do this justice, but believe me it was kind of a mini Alaska scene.  
Wall Lake in Waterton is nestled against a rock wall like this too. 

This is my Glacier hiking t shirt.
It says "The mountains are calling and I must go" (John Muir).

On our way back.  
9.7 miles is a long ways and it's neat to see how high we were. 

Dixie and Lou Lou looking back on where we have been.  
See the jagged rock mountain yonder?  
That's where we were. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Anniversary Baby...

It was our 34th wedding anniversary on the 27th so we planned a day in the sun.
The weather has been sooooo nice.  Too warm for a lot of folk here, but it really can't be too hot for me. Well, too hot for me would be a heat wave like I remember in 7th grade in Sunnyvale, CA at Ortega Jr. High when it was over 105 degrees. If I lived in Vegas or St. George that would be too hot for me too. Oven hot is not for me, but 85 to say 95 is great!

 We decided to go to Many Glacier and do a hike then kayak somewhere. We had all day with nothing to get back for. We were out the door by 7:30 am.
Sherburne Lake on the way to Many Glacier was like glass. You really don't get too many days like this.  This is about 8:15 am.

 Indian Paintbrush

We did the Redrock Falls hike because Mark hadn't done this hike and I knew he would like it.  It's over 3 miles roundtrip which was just right because of the heat and we weren't looking for  a long hike anyway.  This is Fishercap Lake.

  I'm totally posing for this picture, but this is Fishercap Lake too.
Mark is using his iPhone here.

 Bear Grass

 Redrock Lake.  See the falls on the far left? The small little white lines.

 Mark wants to do this hike next time with a fishing pole and I can't blame him.  
All the dots on the water are bugs.

  Here is my Mark.   
My husband of 34 years, dad to 5 great kids and grandpa to 2 of the cutest grandkids ever with 1 on the way and the hardest working man I know.  No word of a lie.

  I bent down to take a picture of this flower and then these butterflies decided to land here.  I'm pretty sure this is a Black-tipped Ground-sel without the black tips and maybe that's because it is too early in the season or it's not a Back-tipped Grouns-sel.  
FYI...I have a flower chart so don't be thinkin' I know my flowers.  Some I know off the top of my head and some I don't.

 Creeping Beardtongue

  Redrock Falls. 
 Last year I did this hike in mid August so it was fun to do it earlier this year and see 
the difference in the amount of water.

This is the upper falls of Redrock. 
My picture is on the left and Mark's (iPhone) on the right.

 Mark's Picture. It's fun to have a different perspective.

  I was totally posing for this picture too.   I was showing that my sea glass and shell bangles are in Montana.  Last month they were in Hawaii right?

  Our snack spot just around the corner from the falls.
Look what was not 15 feet behind me in the trees...

 A young fawn.

After our time in Many Glacier we decided to drive the Going-To-The-Sun Road to the west side of Glacier and did a short little walk at Trail of the Cedars.  It's a spot where the climate is humid so Cedar trees grow there along with two other kids of trees. 
The picture on the right is from Mark's phone and the other one is from mine cuz it's a selfie. 
We stopped at Apgar Village for lunch afterwards 
and had yummy burgers at Eddies. 
The waiter had a t-shirt that said, "almost everyone eats at Eddies".  
I had the Blackbean burger and Mark got the Buffalo burger. 
We both loved our choices.

After getting an ice-cream cone for dessert he headed towards home and decided to kayak

 on St. Mary's Lake near St. Mary's.  
This is our first outing with our kayak this year and the weather was perfect!

  Look, it's Goose Island that everybody takes pictures of and we are headed right for it.

We had a really fun day celebrating 34 years together and we could not have asked for a more perfect day.  We might complain about the long winters and the annoying wind sometimes, but other than that we can't complain too much.  
To think that we can grab our passports and in 30 minutes cross the border, drive another 30 minutes and visit places like this is pretty darn great. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Birthday!

The day after we got back from Hawaii it was my (our) birthday or is it our (my) birthday? 
It is the big "twin digit" birthday this year.  
I'm on the right.

 We had a deal set before I left for Hawaii that Lou Lou and Chris would come for dinner.  I would make the dinner and Lou Lou was to bring the dessert. I put in a request for a coconut filling. I love coconut everything and any thing!

 Just look at this Hawaiian spread. 
Shoyu chicken with cabbage salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad and rice. 
It was definitely a carb filled meal.  It was ONO!

 I wanted to re-create the plate lunch and it was a smash. 

Before cutting the cake it looked like a typical chocolate two layer cake. The Eagans make one for every member of their family on all of their birthdays.  Great tradition.  It was a heavy son of a gun too.  Cakes from scratch are always dense and heavier than the package ones right?   I asked Chris about the coconut filling cuz that was the deal, but he said that it wouldn't be the Eagan chocolate cake if there was filling. Um, OK.  After the table was cleared off we grabbed the plates, ice cream and cake then got going on slicing the cake.   I had to put my camera down and Lou Lou made watch her cut the cake. Um, OK.
So I'm watching.........

Back story...a couple of years ago we had a get together at our house and Chris and Lou Lou said they would bring potato salad. Chris thought he would be clever and bring potato chips.  Not clever.
 Not clever at all.  I could have bought chips.  
I was so happy that the cake had the coconut filling as you can see from the pictures. I told Chris that I wouldn't bring up the potato salad/potato chip episode again.  The surprise filling in this cake made up for the potato salad fiasco big time.
The Eagans also have a rule regarding left over birthday cake. Usually the last piece is saved for the birthday person so I was hoping that would happen, but something better happened. I got to keep 1/2 of the leftovers!
Cakes for days...not. Maybe 1 1/2 days.  Maybe.
Happy Birthday Lou Lou!