Saturday, June 21, 2008

Salute to the Summer Solstice

Good morning campers!

Happy "summer solstice" and welcome to the longest day of the year.... and, I might add, the local forecast calls for this to be the warmest day of the year (so far). If your plans call for a hike in Glacier National Park or a day on the water at Flathead Lake, it looks like you'll have great weather (if not a tad hot).

According to, on this day in history...
  • 524 - Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce.
  • 1665 - First soldiers of Le Régiment de Carignan-Salières arrive at Quebec to invade Iroquois territories.
  • 1919 - Admiral Ludwig von Reuter scuttles the German fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The nine sailors killed were the last casualties of the First World War.
  • 1940 - World War II: France surrenders to Germany

And the I look at today's headlines and I think to myself... "we sure are slow learners". Okay, no personal political commentary or anything else that could ruin your day. Enjoy this longest day of the year because... soon we'll be preparing for winter! (did I really say that?... you know it did snow here last week!)

Enjoy the Flathead!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Glacier Park Pass - a Green Father's Day Gift

Father's Day is almost here and I'll bet your dad does not need another neck tie, no matter how nice you think it looks. This year you can make Al Gore happy - and delight your father by giving him a "Green Father's Day" gift!

Here's a suggestion for an eco-friendly present he won't stuff in a drawer, or use as a dip stick rag. Give him a pass to Glacier National Park and/or all the National Parks for one full year. A year's pass to Glacier is great if Dad' a hiking-enthusiast or just enjoy's driving 'Going To The Sun Road', plus it supports the National Park Service.

These passes are valid for one full year from month of purchase. They provide entrance or access to pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at Federally operated recreation sites across the country. It covers your Dad and three (3) accompanying adults age 16 and older at sites where per person entrance fees are charged. No entry fee for children 15 and under. Get Dad his "Green Father's Day" gift pass here!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Celebrate Glacier

If you have been following the news around here you know that BP America was considering a coal-bed methane project in British Columbia. There was serious and legitimate concern that this project could damage the Flathead River Basin as a result of runoff and pollutants. The river flowing from this area empties into Flathead Lake.

The announcement of this coal-bed methane development in SE British Columbia triggered a major uproar by citizens in NW Montana. It has been in the news and discussed on talk radio for months. Today we received word that the BP America President, Bob Malone, told Senator Max Baucus that they would not be going forward with the project.

In a day and age when protecting the environment and adopting 'green solutions' to global warming is all the rage, this is a welcome decision. It is ironic that in any discussion of global warming, Glacier National Park is always mentioned as an example of one of the casualties of this phenomenon.

Anyway, this is very good news. Someone grab the Champaign!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Cabin Fever Days

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see...
Are the 'Bar Stool Races' held each year
During Martin City's Cabin Fever Days.

I hope that Robert W. Service's offspring won't mind me borrowing a couple of lines from the author's famous poem, "The Cremation of Sam McGee". But the "Northern Lights and strange sights" seemed like a good way to introduce you to a winter celebration held here each year called 'Cabin Fever Days'. This year it was held during the Feb. 9/10 weekend).

Billed as a fundraising event for the communities, Cabin Fever Days is a reason for the locals to get out of their homes and cheer on their favorite (I guess you'd call them skiers?) for the annual 'Bar Stool Races'. Hungry Horse, Coram and Martin City are three tiny communities located just outside Glacier National Park and while the snow flies, there isn't a whole lot to do during the long winters.

The main street through town is blocked off and racers compete against each other for bragging rights that will earn free beers at the local saloons long into next summer. The "skis" are anything but... entrants create elaborate sleds mounted on skis that look like anything from 3-ski motorcycles to beds and busses. We saw lounge chairs, soap-box derby-type creations, metal beds, tractor parts and exercise machine frames bolted to skis and sliding down the hill. Watch the video...

Mostly, the event was a hoot. People enjoyed themselves, and the local saloons haven't done that much business since the Park closed and the tourists went home. Click on over to Glacier National Park and see more about Cabin Fever Days.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

WInter in Glacier

Winter in Glacier National Park and at Flathead Lake is a time reserved for fanatical outdoor enthusiasts. If you are in to ice fishing, snowshoeing or snowmobiles, there’s no better playground than here. Additionally, clear days provide some of the best photography opportunities you will find anywhere.

For those of us who love hiking, boating and such activities, we’re still hibernating until spring. With most of the park closed to traffic, we are limited to short hikes and wildlife viewing from the partially cleared road.

I decided to use this ‘winter break’ for a trip to visit my mother in Florida. I’ve been watching those exorbitant airline fares for a while and yesterday I had a chance to snag a great ticket for later this month. The funniest thing occurred only minutes after booking my trip. I received an email from a friend with one of the best ‘true’ stories I’ve ever read about an airplane experience. I decided to share this with you and bring a smile to your face. ~ Enjoy!

A man was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes. Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.

He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, 'Kathy, we are in your Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?'?

The blind lady replied, 'No thanks, but maybe my dog would like to stretch his legs.'

All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

True story.... Have a great day and remember....