Where eagles dare...or just a rumour

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Great falls to Helena
Well leaving behind all the history and the property bargains we were on the road south once more, this time just a very short hop to Helena, Montana's State capital. The distant mountains were a welcome change, the road to eternity appeared again as we set off to find the horizon.
Once settled at our camp site we did a quick recce, lots to see, lots to do. From the wealth of information we've collected, we found that for once we are in the right place at the right time. In several places a lot of the "attractions" seem to close for the season on Labor day (Sept 3rd) or by the end of Sept - mind you it's saved us a few dollars in entrance fees!
It seems that Rogers Pass about 40 miles NW from here, a pass through the Continental Divide, is a migration route for eagles at this time of the year. So with cameras, binoculars and sarnies we set off. Toad climbed the winding road that took us through the pine clad slopes, almost deserted, it afforded some wonderful views. Eyes peeled for the raptors, we made our way to the pass past dirt roads with names like, Kettle Gulch and Rattlesnake Creek. There was perhaps a solitary mailbox at the side of the road, the only visible evidence of habitation. Could we live here? Maybe not...it get's a bit chilly in the winter!
Finally at just over 5600' we reached the top of the pass - the rest of the way was on foot - straight up it seemed. OK, so we need the cardio vascular exercise but not three continuous sessions in one go! It's quite alarming when you find yourself panting after only a few minutes. Anyway, eventually we reached a vantage point and waited...

Sorry but nothing exciting to report, we did see 4 birds but they were so high above us that we failed to recognize them or even have any photographic evidence...a first for us.

We returned home via one of those back roads, 23 miles of gravel (not unlike the West Rim at Grand Canyon ) via Stemple Pass, through some beautiful scenery, again isolated mail boxes stood sentry along the road, though some houses had long been vacated!

The day had been very enjoyable if somewhat disappointing on the wildlife front, check out the album for what we did see...don't get too excited though!
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