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December 2020

Cahokia Mounds, IL - Native American site from 600 AD

Cahokia Mounds is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great pre-Columbian cities in Mexico; Monk's Mound, 10 stories high, is the largest man-made earthen mound north of Mexico

Cahokia Mounds is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great pre-Columbian cities in Mexico; Monk's Mound, 10 stories high, is the largest man-made earthen mound north of Mexico

Cahokia Mounds is the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city (which existed c. 1050–1350 AD) directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis

Cahokia Mounds is the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city (which existed c. 1050–1350 AD) directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis

The Birdman Tablet was found around Monk's Mound and dates to roughly 1300AD; this striking image has been adopted as the logo of Cahokia Mounds

The Birdman Tablet was found around Monk's Mound and dates to roughly 1300AD; this striking image has been adopted as the logo of Cahokia Mounds

St. Louis, as seen from the top of Monk's Mound, was named for Louis IX of France by fur traders; the metro area has 2.8 million residents while the city of St. Louis has just 300,000

St. Louis, as seen from the top of Monk's Mound, was named for Louis IX of France by fur traders; the metro area has 2.8 million residents while the city of St. Louis has just 300,000

There are lots of burrow pits on the site with these areas being the source for dirt composing the mounds; Cahokia is one of just 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the US

There are lots of burrow pits on the site with these areas being the source for dirt composing the mounds; Cahokia is one of just 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the US

Small excavations are still underway next to Monk's Mound; thousands of workers over decades moved more than an estimated 55 million cubic feet of earth in woven baskets to create this network of mounds

Small excavations are still underway next to Monk's Mound; thousands of workers over decades moved more than an estimated 55 million cubic feet of earth in woven baskets to create this network of mounds

The Cahokia Woodhenge was a series of large timber circles located roughly 850 m to the west of Monks Mound; they are thought to have been constructed between 900 and 1100 AD, with each one being larger and having 12 more posts than its predecessor

The Cahokia Woodhenge was a series of large timber circles located roughly 850 m to the west of Monks Mound; they are thought to have been constructed between 900 and 1100 AD, with each one being larger and having 12 more posts than its predecessor

Woodhenge was discovered during construction of nearby Interstate 55; no telling what lies beneath the ugly business behind Woodhenge

Woodhenge was discovered during construction of nearby Interstate 55; no telling what lies beneath the ugly business behind Woodhenge

The visitor's center had few artifacts unearthed here but mainly described the civilization; Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture beginning 1,000  years before European contact

The visitor's center had few artifacts unearthed here but mainly described the civilization; Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture beginning 1,000+ years before European contact

There are 80  mounds here which look so odd on the flat plains; at the apex of its population, Cahokia may have briefly exceeded contemporaneous London, which at that time was approximately 14,000–18,000

There are 80+ mounds here which look so odd on the flat plains; at the apex of its population, Cahokia may have briefly exceeded contemporaneous London, which at that time was approximately 14,000–18,000

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Highlights from the American Art Museum in DC

Electronic Superhighway, Nam June Paik, 1996; each state is represented by video footage reflecting the artist's personal associations with the place (ie Atlanta Olympics, Wizard of Oz in Kansas and Waco tragedy for Texas)

Electronic Superhighway, Nam June Paik, 1996; each state is represented by video footage reflecting the artist's personal associations with the place (ie Atlanta Olympics, Wizard of Oz in Kansas and Waco tragedy for Texas)

Niagara, Frederic Edwin Church, 1857; this work was considered the finest landscape painting of its day; one critic even referred to the painting as the eighth wonder of the world (this is way before the Astrodome!)

Niagara, Frederic Edwin Church, 1857; this work was considered the finest landscape painting of its day; one critic even referred to the painting as the eighth wonder of the world (this is way before the Astrodome!)

Woman Eating, Duane Hanson, 1971; OMG, this woman looked so real!!!; this artist is known for his super-realistic sculptures that often baffle viewers as to whether the figures are real or artificial

Woman Eating, Duane Hanson, 1971; OMG, this woman looked so real!!!; this artist is known for his super-realistic sculptures that often baffle viewers as to whether the figures are real or artificial

Gallery of the Louvre, Samuel FB Morse, 1833; after having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and co-developed Morse code

Gallery of the Louvre, Samuel FB Morse, 1833; after having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and co-developed Morse code

The Smithsonian American Art Museum holds one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art, from the colonial period to the present, made in the US; it occupies the 1867 Old Patent Office Building

The Smithsonian American Art Museum holds one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art, from the colonial period to the present, made in the US; it occupies the 1867 Old Patent Office Building

Market Day Outside the Walls of Tangiers, Morocco, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1873; inspired by Mark Twain, Tiffany was one of the first Americans to paint scenes from North Africa (despite the great painting, he's better known for his stained glass)

Market Day Outside the Walls of Tangiers, Morocco, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1873; inspired by Mark Twain, Tiffany was one of the first Americans to paint scenes from North Africa (despite the great painting, he's better known for his stained glass)

Among the Sierra Nevada, California, Albert Bierstadt, 1868; this painting is 6 ft by 10 ft and was exhibited throughout Europe, creating interest in immigration to the US; the artist himself immigrated from Germany to the US

Among the Sierra Nevada, California, Albert Bierstadt, 1868; this painting is 6 ft by 10 ft and was exhibited throughout Europe, creating interest in immigration to the US; the artist himself immigrated from Germany to the US

Hibiscus with Plumeria, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939; as a guest of Dole Pineapple Co., the artist traveled to Hawaii to paint tropical flora for an ad campaign; I like this work better than her SW pieces

Hibiscus with Plumeria, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939; as a guest of Dole Pineapple Co., the artist traveled to Hawaii to paint tropical flora for an ad campaign; I like this work better than her SW pieces

View of the Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Grafton Tyler Brown, 1890; this painter was the first known African-American artist to prominently feature landscapes of the West; Lee and I enjoyed the view from the exact same spot recently

View of the Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Grafton Tyler Brown, 1890; this painter was the first known African-American artist to prominently feature landscapes of the West; Lee and I enjoyed the view from the exact same spot recently

Achelous and Hercules, Thomas Hart Benton, 1947; this huge painting is full of imagery as the Kansas City native saw Greek mythology as a parable for his beloved Midwest

Achelous and Hercules, Thomas Hart Benton, 1947; this huge painting is full of imagery as the Kansas City native saw Greek mythology as a parable for his beloved Midwest

Cape Cod Morning, Edward Hopper, 1950; the museum had 1.7 million visitors last year and contained plenty of masterpieces; you could easily spend all day enjoying the different exhibits as well as the permanent collection

Cape Cod Morning, Edward Hopper, 1950; the museum had 1.7 million visitors last year and contained plenty of masterpieces; you could easily spend all day enjoying the different exhibits as well as the permanent collection

Grandma Moses Goes to the Big City, Grandma Moses, 1946; Moses published her autobiography My Life’s History in 1952 at 92 years old; when Moses died at 101, she had 9 grandchildren and 30  great grandchildren;

Grandma Moses Goes to the Big City, Grandma Moses, 1946; Moses published her autobiography My Life’s History in 1952 at 92 years old; when Moses died at 101, she had 9 grandchildren and 30+ great grandchildren;

Caparena Figure, Clarence and Grace Woolsey, 1961; this couple spent a decade creating sculptures out of bottle caps; today, Woolsey sculptures have sold individually for $5,000 and more

Caparena Figure, Clarence and Grace Woolsey, 1961; this couple spent a decade creating sculptures out of bottle caps; today, Woolsey sculptures have sold individually for $5,000 and more

Godly Susan, Roger Medearis, 1941; the artist, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, painted this portrait of his grandmother shortly before her death; I thought it was exceptional

Godly Susan, Roger Medearis, 1941; the artist, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, painted this portrait of his grandmother shortly before her death; I thought it was exceptional

Untitled, Ulysses Davis, 1950; the artist carved this relief sculpture for his wife; the museum had an extensive collection of folk art

Untitled, Ulysses Davis, 1950; the artist carved this relief sculpture for his wife; the museum had an extensive collection of folk art

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Thomas Moran, 1901; the artist is famous for his paintings of the unpeopled West which had the unintended effect of driving tourism and displacing indigenous peoples

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Thomas Moran, 1901; the artist is famous for his paintings of the unpeopled West which had the unintended effect of driving tourism and displacing indigenous peoples

Cho-Looke, The Yosemite Fall, Albert Bierstadt, 1864; Abraham Lincoln set aside Yosemite as a protected reserve in the same year this work was painted; Bierstadt and Frederic Church were the foremost landscape painters of this era

Cho-Looke, The Yosemite Fall, Albert Bierstadt, 1864; Abraham Lincoln set aside Yosemite as a protected reserve in the same year this work was painted; Bierstadt and Frederic Church were the foremost landscape painters of this era

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Yellowstone is huge with so many unique sights (pt 2)

We arrived at the Mammoth Hot Spring entrance just as a herd of elk was waking; they seemed to prefer the planted grass over the native grasses

We arrived at the Mammoth Hot Spring entrance just as a herd of elk was waking; they seemed to prefer the planted grass over the native grasses

Pronghorns are a relatively rare sighting in Yellowstone; actually not an antelope, the pronghorn's closest living relatives are giraffes and okapi

Pronghorns are a relatively rare sighting in Yellowstone; actually not an antelope, the pronghorn's closest living relatives are giraffes and okapi

The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon is closed until at least next year for repairs creating very long drives from West Yellowstone to places like the Yellowstone River Picnic Area hike

The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon is closed until at least next year for repairs creating very long drives from West Yellowstone to places like the Yellowstone River Picnic Area hike

The Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces are made of travertine which results from hot water heated by a magma chamber coming into contact with calcium carbonate

The Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces are made of travertine which results from hot water heated by a magma chamber coming into contact with calcium carbonate

These blue grouse ignored us until we got quite close; Yellowstone is the site of one of the most ambitious and controversial wildlife restoration projects in the world with the reintroduction of wolves

These blue grouse ignored us until we got quite close; Yellowstone is the site of one of the most ambitious and controversial wildlife restoration projects in the world with the reintroduction of wolves

The cliffs made of basalt columns were one of the highlights of our hike at what is known as the Yellowstone Picnic Area; the cliffs have been carved by the Yellowstone River

The cliffs made of basalt columns were one of the highlights of our hike at what is known as the Yellowstone Picnic Area; the cliffs have been carved by the Yellowstone River

Liberty Cap is a hot spring cone near Mammoth Hot Springs; the Mammoth area is the only winter location in Yellowstone that is accessible by automobile

Liberty Cap is a hot spring cone near Mammoth Hot Springs; the Mammoth area is the only winter location in Yellowstone that is accessible by automobile

The two hour drive from Bozeman in the dark was a bit nerve-wracking but the reward was reaching Yellowstone before sun-up when this herd of elk was having breakfast

The two hour drive from Bozeman in the dark was a bit nerve-wracking but the reward was reaching Yellowstone before sun-up when this herd of elk was having breakfast

Beaver Pond was stunning at sunrise but there were no beavers to be found; most park roads are closed from early November until mid-April

Beaver Pond was stunning at sunrise but there were no beavers to be found; most park roads are closed from early November until mid-April

This elk kept his herd together but didn't like it when we got too close; he signaled his displeasure by dipping his head a few times

This elk kept his herd together but didn't like it when we got too close; he signaled his displeasure by dipping his head a few times

My only other visit to Yellowstone was in 1993; in 1988, a devastating fire destroyed more than 35% of the park so my initial impressions were scarred

My only other visit to Yellowstone was in 1993; in 1988, a devastating fire destroyed more than 35% of the park so my initial impressions were scarred

The Mammoth Hot Springs hotel complex lies at the northern entrance to Yellowstone; much of the area is closed due to Covid including the hotel, visitor center and Boiling River

The Mammoth Hot Springs hotel complex lies at the northern entrance to Yellowstone; much of the area is closed due to Covid including the hotel, visitor center and Boiling River

Yellowstone is the only place in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times; they are America's largest bison population on public lands

Yellowstone is the only place in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times; they are America's largest bison population on public lands

Mystic Falls falls 70 ft on the Little Firehole River; the trails we hiked were all decently maintained and had good signage but the AllTrails app helped at times

Mystic Falls falls 70 ft on the Little Firehole River; the trails we hiked were all decently maintained and had good signage but the AllTrails app helped at times

We took a hike to Hellroaring Creek just to experience the suspension bridge; a bison was guarding the trail right before we reached the bridge

We took a hike to Hellroaring Creek just to experience the suspension bridge; a bison was guarding the trail right before we reached the bridge

The pandemic seems to have gotten everyone outside with the national parks just packed; this crowd is waiting for Old Faithful

The pandemic seems to have gotten everyone outside with the national parks just packed; this crowd is waiting for Old Faithful

Built in 1903-1904 with local logs and stone, the Old Faithful Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world; normally open from early May until mid-October it was closed this year due to the pandemic

Built in 1903-1904 with local logs and stone, the Old Faithful Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world; normally open from early May until mid-October it was closed this year due to the pandemic

This run-off channel in Biscuit Basin is colored by orange and yellow cyanobacteria; cyanobacteria are the oldest microorganisms on the planet that can turn solar energy and carbon dioxide into sugars and oxygen via photosynthesis

This run-off channel in Biscuit Basin is colored by orange and yellow cyanobacteria; cyanobacteria are the oldest microorganisms on the planet that can turn solar energy and carbon dioxide into sugars and oxygen via photosynthesis

Wall Pool was created by a series of explosions in the 1920s; it is part of Biscuit Basin which got its name from formations in the area that resembled biscuits

Wall Pool was created by a series of explosions in the 1920s; it is part of Biscuit Basin which got its name from formations in the area that resembled biscuits

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Spectacular National Gallery in DC - pt 2

Ships Riding on the Seine, Monet, 1873; for breadth, scope and magnitude of its collection, the National Gallery is one of the country's greatest museums, along with the Met and MOMA in NYC, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ships Riding on the Seine, Monet, 1873; for breadth, scope and magnitude of its collection, the National Gallery is one of the country's greatest museums, along with the Met and MOMA in NYC, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Singing a Pathetic Song, Thomas Eakins, 1881; the pathetic song, the most popular type of melody in 1860s and 1870s America, told tales of woe, such as death or tragic circumstances befalling innocent women or children

Singing a Pathetic Song, Thomas Eakins, 1881; the pathetic song, the most popular type of melody in 1860s and 1870s America, told tales of woe, such as death or tragic circumstances befalling innocent women or children

Nonchaloir (Repose), John Singer Sargent, 1911; the National Gallery of Art is a free museum located on the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW

Nonchaloir (Repose), John Singer Sargent, 1911; the National Gallery of Art is a free museum located on the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW

The Jolly Flatboatmen, George Caleb Bingham, 1846; his series of scenes of life and work on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers established Bingham's reputation in his own day and are today recognized as his finest creations

The Jolly Flatboatmen, George Caleb Bingham, 1846; his series of scenes of life and work on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers established Bingham's reputation in his own day and are today recognized as his finest creations

Graft, Roxy Paine, 2009; the work's title refers to the horticultural procedure of joining one plant to the bud, stem, or root of another in order to repair it, propagate it, or produce new fruits or flowers; the word has another meaning in DC!

Graft, Roxy Paine, 2009; the work's title refers to the horticultural procedure of joining one plant to the bud, stem, or root of another in order to repair it, propagate it, or produce new fruits or flowers; the word has another meaning in DC!

Self-Portrait, Paul Gauguin, 1889; this work, painted on a cupboard door from the dining room of an inn in the Breton hamlet Le Pouldu, is one of Gauguin's most important and radical paintings

Self-Portrait, Paul Gauguin, 1889; this work, painted on a cupboard door from the dining room of an inn in the Breton hamlet Le Pouldu, is one of Gauguin's most important and radical paintings

The House of Representatives, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 1822; the artist studied at London's Royal Academy of Arts before returning to the US to paint this epic work; his artist achievements were largely forgotten when he invented the telegraph

The House of Representatives, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 1822; the artist studied at London's Royal Academy of Arts before returning to the US to paint this epic work; his artist achievements were largely forgotten when he invented the telegraph

The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), Gilbert Stuart, 1782; painted while Stuart was living in London, it was the work that first brought the artist broad recognition; the artist was apprenticing with Benjamin West at the time

The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), Gilbert Stuart, 1782; painted while Stuart was living in London, it was the work that first brought the artist broad recognition; the artist was apprenticing with Benjamin West at the time

Alexander Hamilton, John Trumbull, 1792; Hamilton was born out of wedlock and orphaned as a child; in a rags to riches story, he became the first Secretary of the Treasury where he founded the nation's financial system; he also found the NY Post newspaper

Alexander Hamilton, John Trumbull, 1792; Hamilton was born out of wedlock and orphaned as a child; in a rags to riches story, he became the first Secretary of the Treasury where he founded the nation's financial system; he also found the NY Post newspaper

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1659; one of 40  self-portraits by Rembrandt, this was once owned by banker Andrew Mellon; the rich expressiveness of brushwork, especially in the face, makes this painting a standout

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1659; one of 40+ self-portraits by Rembrandt, this was once owned by banker Andrew Mellon; the rich expressiveness of brushwork, especially in the face, makes this painting a standout

The Marquesa de Pontejos, Francisco de Goya, 1786; considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; he was immensely successful and often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns

The Marquesa de Pontejos, Francisco de Goya, 1786; considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; he was immensely successful and often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns

Woman Holding a Balance, Johannes Vermeer, 1664; supposedly the message of this piece is to conduct our lives with temperance and moderation; the National Gallery of Art is the 2nd most visited museum in the country after the Met in NYC

Woman Holding a Balance, Johannes Vermeer, 1664; supposedly the message of this piece is to conduct our lives with temperance and moderation; the National Gallery of Art is the 2nd most visited museum in the country after the Met in NYC

The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, Jacques-Louis David, 1812; this painting was commissioned by an admirer of Napoleon's so it's unlikely the Little Corporal ever posed for it; I think Napoleon should have exercised a little more

The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, Jacques-Louis David, 1812; this painting was commissioned by an admirer of Napoleon's so it's unlikely the Little Corporal ever posed for it; I think Napoleon should have exercised a little more

Gothic Personage, Bird-Flash, Joan Miro, 1977; until his 70th birthday in 1963, Miró was best known for his surrealist paintings and drawings; however, in the last two decades of his life he created 150  sculptures

Gothic Personage, Bird-Flash, Joan Miro, 1977; until his 70th birthday in 1963, Miró was best known for his surrealist paintings and drawings; however, in the last two decades of his life he created 150+ sculptures

The Adoration of the Magi, Sandro Botticelli, 1478; Botticelli was one of the artists selected by Pope Sixtus IV to fresco the walls of the Sistine Chapel (this was 27 years before Michelangelo did the ceiling)

The Adoration of the Magi, Sandro Botticelli, 1478; Botticelli was one of the artists selected by Pope Sixtus IV to fresco the walls of the Sistine Chapel (this was 27 years before Michelangelo did the ceiling)

Boulevard des Italiens, Morning, Sunlight, Camille Pissarro, 1897; Pissarro's series paintings of Paris in the late 1890s are among the supreme achievements of Impressionism, taking their place alongside series of haystacks and waterlilies both by Monet

Boulevard des Italiens, Morning, Sunlight, Camille Pissarro, 1897; Pissarro's series paintings of Paris in the late 1890s are among the supreme achievements of Impressionism, taking their place alongside series of haystacks and waterlilies both by Monet

The Loge, Mary Cassatt, 1880; when she was 11, Cassatt's family visited the Paris World's Fair of 1855 where she was first exposed to French artists; at 15 she began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts in Philadelphia

The Loge, Mary Cassatt, 1880; when she was 11, Cassatt's family visited the Paris World's Fair of 1855 where she was first exposed to French artists; at 15 she began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts in Philadelphia

Typewriter Eraser Scale X, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 1999; many youngsters may not even recognize this object but the artist remembered playing with one in his father's study as he was growing up

Typewriter Eraser Scale X, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 1999; many youngsters may not even recognize this object but the artist remembered playing with one in his father's study as he was growing up

Thinker on a Rock, Barry Flanagan, 1997; with this sculpture the artist substitutes the hare for Rodin's Thinker, making an irreverent reference to one of the world's best-known sculptures

Thinker on a Rock, Barry Flanagan, 1997; with this sculpture the artist substitutes the hare for Rodin's Thinker, making an irreverent reference to one of the world's best-known sculptures

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Chasing waterfalls at Glacier National Park

Virginia Falls was an impressive 50 ft drop and the endpoint of an enjoyable hike featuring numerous waterfalls

Virginia Falls was an impressive 50 ft drop and the endpoint of an enjoyable hike featuring numerous waterfalls

I just loved the colors and calm winds creating this mirror image!; it's hard to imagine that this area typically receives 100 ft of snow annually

I just loved the colors and calm winds creating this mirror image!; it's hard to imagine that this area typically receives 100 ft of snow annually

This is as close as we got to a moose at Glacier; this one stayed in Saint Mary Lake as we walked around it

This is as close as we got to a moose at Glacier; this one stayed in Saint Mary Lake as we walked around it

I was impressed by the variety of colors underneath the clear waters; to avoid falling I was always looking down but had to remember to stop often just to look around and admire the scenery

I was impressed by the variety of colors underneath the clear waters; to avoid falling I was always looking down but had to remember to stop often just to look around and admire the scenery

Baring Falls drops 30 ft and was one of the many waterfalls we saw on a relatively easy 6 mile hike from Sun Point around Saint Mary Lake

Baring Falls drops 30 ft and was one of the many waterfalls we saw on a relatively easy 6 mile hike from Sun Point around Saint Mary Lake

The banded woolly bear caterpillar does not actually feel much like wool—they are covered with short, stiff bristles of hair; this guy is the larval form of the Isabella tiger moth

The banded woolly bear caterpillar does not actually feel much like wool—they are covered with short, stiff bristles of hair; this guy is the larval form of the Isabella tiger moth

Lee took a very quick plunge into the water below St. Mary's Falls; he said it was so cold that the dive literally took his breathe away

Lee took a very quick plunge into the water below St. Mary's Falls; he said it was so cold that the dive literally took his breathe away

Baring Falls, about 30 ft., was just one of many waterfalls we encountered on our hike to Virginia Falls; the worst aspect of Glacier Natl Park was the lack of lodging in the park making for very long daily drives into the park

Baring Falls, about 30 ft., was just one of many waterfalls we encountered on our hike to Virginia Falls; the worst aspect of Glacier Natl Park was the lack of lodging in the park making for very long daily drives into the park

Most of the trail to Hidden Lake was along a boardwalk with 9219 ft Piegan Mtn behind Lee; a record wind gust was recorded here on April 9, 2014, of 139 mph!

Most of the trail to Hidden Lake was along a boardwalk with 9219 ft Piegan Mtn behind Lee; a record wind gust was recorded here on April 9, 2014, of 139 mph!

St. Mary's Falls is a two-tiered, 50 ft. drop; the falls were powerful in September so just imagine their strength in the summer with more snowmelt

St. Mary's Falls is a two-tiered, 50 ft. drop; the falls were powerful in September so just imagine their strength in the summer with more snowmelt

After hiking 15 miles on the Highline Trail, we added another 3 to visit Hidden Lake because parking at Logan Pass is so limited that we were afraid we wouldn't be able to get parking there on another day

After hiking 15 miles on the Highline Trail, we added another 3 to visit Hidden Lake because parking at Logan Pass is so limited that we were afraid we wouldn't be able to get parking there on another day

These days I think there are more waterfalls than glaciers in Glacier National Park; the waters here are flowing into Saint Mary Lake, the second largest in the park

These days I think there are more waterfalls than glaciers in Glacier National Park; the waters here are flowing into Saint Mary Lake, the second largest in the park

Wildflowers blanket the park in June and July but a few remained for our September visit; the opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake

Wildflowers blanket the park in June and July but a few remained for our September visit; the opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake

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