Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Teakettle shrowded in clouds (view over 24 hours)

This was a week or two ago.  I looked out the window and saw this cloud cap, which Katie also saw from school.

Kids catching little crabs at the beach (video)

This is a video from earlier this summer.  We were in Snohomish, Washington, visiting my aunt, brother, sister-in-law, and cousin and took a detour with my aunt to hang out the beach.

When I was a kid, my grandmother would take us to Salt Water Park and we would gather little crabs like this for hours and hours.  The other adutlts took us, was just often my grandma that said yes when we begged to go and often let us bring a few home.

It was a lot of fun to watch my kids help fill other kids buckets.  Christopher was very taken with rocks that day, and every day since.  He keeps finding heart shaped rocks for me, but they've all been in Glacier, so I couldn't keep them.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Girl Scouts Glacier Campout

An amazing weekend of girlscouting!  Columbia Falls has a spectacular group of leaders.  They get the girls outside....really outside.  They take their own troops amazing places, and the take the time to share with each others troops as well.  They've been doing this together for years, and they operate like a well oiled machine, with the oldest girls fully aware of what's needed and what help their mom's need to get it going.

I can hardle type this without getting choked up.  Our girls (now 7th graders) stopped bing part of "the younger girls" by last year, and this year they are starting to be part of "the older girls".  I'm so proud of them. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

"If I were the wind" (Leopold on geese)

"Out of the clouds I hear a faint bark, as of a faraway dog. It is strange how the world cocks its ear to that sound, wondering. Soon it is louder: the honk of geese, invisible, but coming on.

The flock emerges from the low clouds, a tattered banner of birds, dipping and rising, blown up and blown down, blown together and blown apart, but advancing, the wind wrestling lovingly with each winnowing wing. When the flock is a blur in the far sky I hear the last honk, sounding taps for summer.

It is warm behind the driftwood now, for the wind has gone with the geese. So would I--if I were the wind."
Aldo Leopold

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Short endangered honu video (Honua~peace)

My turtle stuff is all on my other blog Turtle Medicine: Stories of a Rocky Mountain CFIDS Mom, but this clip from youtube fits here.

waikiki last week

I've posted oodles about turtles already this week, but I need a little more turtle in this gray Montana day.  It'll help me pack for our Glacier girlscout trip this weeken.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Little chickens, big victories (videos)

Our yard is a wonderful place to be.  We've been keeping ducks and chickens for a couple of years.  Our numbers are low at the moment, but we'll be bringing in more of each by spring.  These are chicks we hatched for our friend Heidi, becuase we had a broody hen and she didn't (one of the babies she gave us last year....the only one of five that wasn't a rooster).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park (last campground night of the season)

We couldn't camp Friday night because I didn't make it back from Hawaii until the latest flight (see Turtle Medicine blog posts for pictures from that trip.....lots of sea turtles).  So we headed up after Christopher's football practice Saturday. 

We were using my backpacking gear for car camping for way too many years, so we used to be able to fit ourselves and our stuff in our car to camp.  But with four of us plus dog plus a reasonable amount of car camping gear (plus a moderate amount of my just-in-case stuff like photo gear and binoculars and such) we really can't fit all of what we need.  So this trip we were light on firewood.  And time.

The ranger came around to let us know there was a red fox without a lot of fear coming around to campsites.  She told us to haze it a little if we were comfortable (she didn't use those words, but that was the general point) and to watch out because it has been taking shoes.  It didn't come to our site until after everyone but me went to bed.  It came right up to me, but I tend to not use my headlamp, so I don't know that he was aware at first that I was so close.  I could hear him but not see him, so I spotlighted him with my headlamp.  He was startled but didn't really car until I chased him.  Even then I had to throw a couple of small rocks to really get him to want to leave.  Other campsites chased him off, too, which was good to see.

I love a lot of sites outside of Glacier on the Forest Service side (Flathead National Forest) but I like the feel of Bowman a lot.  Not a single group, even with a close to full campground, thought they should share their music with the other campers and not a single group buzzed around on anything motorized.  It was really, really great.

It was our only camping trip this summer, but at least we got one night in.  I like driving in on the little Bowman Lake road in summer, having so many winter time cross country skiing memories along that road (from an annual ski trip I used to with other moms from around the valley).

I haven't downloaded the good camera yet.  There are a couple of vidoes below, after the photos.

Our morning fire.

A peak at the lake....better pictures on my fancy camera but I haven't downladed them yet.

Packing up the car, shedding layers as the sun came up.

Polebridge Merc, Greg's first time.  I don't know how that's possible.

Polebridge Merc outhouse and view.

Behind the Merc

Apgar on the way home.