Smoky Bear Ranch
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- Continental Breakfast
- Non-smoking hotel
- High-speed internet in room
- Non-smoking rooms
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
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... br> More recently we've travelled through the beautiful Canadian Rockies, in Jasper, Banff and Kootenay National Parks. Spectacular mountain scenery and good weather for a change. I had hoped to visit Lake Louise, a place I'd known about since I was 8 years old when my grandmother visited, but the carparks were full, even though they are huge and the summer tourist peak should be over by now - so we kept driving and I had to make do with ...
... there and chatting with them I realize that I've already eaten a small handful. My uncle asks the million dollar question..."How many is too many?" We enjoyed a good chuckle.
Back on the road for a bit and ...
... 1850, when there were 150 glaciers in the park. The glaciers have been melting at an increasing pace from the 1920's, with the rate of melt skyrocketing in the 1970s by more than 50%. In fact, Glacier park is a laboratory for the study of climate change because the park's high elevations have warmed at three times the rate of the overall planet. Average temperatures in Glacier run 2F warmer than in the 1900s; the park now sees 30 fewer days with below freezing ...
... where we picked up rte. 49 a curvy, 25 mph, road that took us over a mountain and led to rte. 89 to St. Mary a village on the end of a lake by the same name. This is the base of the firefighting going on for the Reynolds Creek forest fire which is currently burning. We could see many smoke columns from where the fire had been burning. We also passed just north of there the camp where the smoke jumpers are stationed in tents. A bit further on we ...
... br> Logan Pass is over 6600' in elevation. The road goes no higher and heads down the east side of the Continental Divide making the road 52 miles long and the only road to traverse the park. The pass is our destination and will go back the way we came. We spend some time at the visitors center. There are 360 degrees of spectacular mountain vistas here. And yes, we arrived exactly at opening, 0900 hours, and the parking lot was 80% full! So if you go, ...