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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Madison, Wisconsin to Whitefish, Montana


(Please click on photos to enlarge)

Janet on the Glacial Drumlin Rail-to-Trail near Madison, Wisconsin

Lock 1, Upper Mississippi River at Minneapolis, Minnesota


Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, near the Montana border - http://www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm. Roosevelt wrote of his life in the wilderness:
http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Ranchman-Sketches-Northern-ebook/dp/B005JPEEJY/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378404166&sr=1-5

 Grinnell Argellite rock seen in Avalanche Creek at Glacier National Park, Montana; the blue-green water results from glacial silts:

http://blogs.agu.org/mountainbeltway/2010/08/23/rocks-of-glacier-national-park/


We saw six glaciers on our drive along the "Going to the Sun" highway. 

Unfortunately:


"It has been estimated that there were approximately 150 glaciers present in 1850, and most glaciers were still present in 1910 when the park was established. In 2010, we consider there to be only 25 glaciers larger than 25 acres remaining in GNP." (Excerpt from this website: http://nrmsc.usgs.gov/research/glacier_retreat.htm.



 at Glacier National Park, Montana, with the 1938 "Red Jammer" in the background

Saint Mary Lake with Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park, Montana - a place of romance and fantasy, Note, we were told that the placidity of the lake as we saw it on September 4th is unusual. See:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/locosteve/6001947119/

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