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The Bus Tour – Part I | East Texas Based Travel Photography

I apologize for the delay in updates — after 17 days and roughly 5200 + miles of traveling in an SUV with three other people and a lack of internet access for most of the past several days, I just needed a day or two to decompress, unearthen the stuff I needed to go back to work, hide from humans, obtain the good graces of my fuzzy critters who thought I was never coming home to them again, and most importantly, sleep for hours (aka twelve straight) without any interruption in my own bed!

Day two at Glacier National Park will be split into four parts — the bus tour in two parts, the drive over to the eastern half of the park after our bus tour, and the eastern half of Glacier and some ‘sunset’ images. I tried to narrow the images down to one entry, but it just isn’t possible!

Thankfully we scheduled our bus tour (the Western Alpine Tour) for the second day of our stay — as drivers (both tourists and the red buses) were only allowed to go 16 miles past the western entrance (or about 4 miles past Lake McDonald Lodge) on our first day there. They managed to get it cleared up to just past the Weeping Wall so there would be sufficient space for parking and turning around late that day, but Logan’s Pass (on the Continental Divide) was still being snowplowed as of June 20th. They expected it to be clear within a few days of our departure, however.

Enough rambling, y’all are all here for the pictures;)

Before the bus tour — the ‘back side’ of Lake McDonald Lodge before all the foot traffic (aka shortly after 8 am …)

The totem pole just outside the lodge (also featured on the left edge of the image above) … that jeep in the background (lower lefthand side), I could use one of those for my travel photography — no windows to deal with the glare when trying to shoot at 70 mph!

Our jammer (aka bus driver/tour guide) … Jerry (from St. Louis!) rolling back the bus’s ragtop. He was a prettty cool guy and I loved how he pronounced St. Louis … he’s a retiree who visited Glacier a few years ago with his wife, fell in love with Glacier and Montana and now spends his summers there being a Jammer. He is planning to stay on one more summer, so if you make it to Glacier this summer or summer 2010, ask Glacier Park Inc’s transportation specialists to book you on his bus!

The aftermath of an avalanche from this past winter … thankfully before we arrived! I *think* that might be part of Heaven’s Peak in the distance …

One of the many waterfalls … and after this many days, I’m ashamed to admit I can’t recall its name … I think it was before Heaven’s Peak on the western side of the park. I’d have photographed the sign for memory’s sake, but there wasn’t one! Btw, as Jerry didn’t stop here (no pull over or ‘scenic turnout’), all I have are images with window glare and the occasional reflection of other passengers.

One of the many peaks we passed (don’t think its Heaven’s Peak when I scan back through the images … although I do have some more that’ll appear in part two of the bus tour) …

On our way to the Weeping Wall — at a quick stop for a red light, we were able to stand up and take some images. Yes, there is a red light on the Going to the Sun Road (due to construction!) …

On our way to the Weeping Wall — at a quick stop for a red light, we were able to stand up and take some images. Yes, there is a red light on the Going to the Sun Road (due to construction!) …

A waterfall right around the curve from the Weeping Wall … and, no, that isn’t fog. That’s a bit of a cloud. Yup. Cloud. Not fog … and no, this wasn’t the highest altitude I sat foot on while traveling … that was back in Teton Village (aka Jackson Hole, Wyoming) …

Look closely … do you spy something just on the other side of the snow in the next two images? I was probably less than 50 feet from them when they darted out from behind a ginormous pile of snow (left from the snowplows) and the porta-potties and stunned everyone. I actually yelped out since one of my travel companions was facing me at the time. Thankfully I was already snapping images in that general direction (of the Weeping Wall in the distance) and captured four good images of the two deer (and a fifth with said travel companion finally turning and photographing the deer!).

One of the buses pulling up at the turnaround …

Some ‘detail’ shots of the mountains …

Another one of the buses with the cloud covered mountain behind it. One moment you’d have a great mountain shot; the next, the cloud’s jealously won over. We were up there nearly 30 minutes and very few of my mountain or valley shots were similar because of the clouds. And did I mention I love the red buses? Seriously, the only thing I love almost as much as them and the original 1965 Ford Mustang are the yellow versions of these buses we passed at Yellowstone.

Just before we headed back down the Going to the Sun Road, a group of bikers pulled up for a break before they headed back. I couldn’t resist capturing a few images of the last Harley in the row and the scenic vista behind it. I plan to go back and edit out the edge of the other bike at the left of the image once I’m done editing all of the images from The Roadtrip …

Okay, now I’m off to resize and watermark tomorrow’s images … and hit the sack since I have two long days at work to go before a very much needed long weekend to recooperate from the trip!

Timber - July 4, 2009 - 6:50 pm

Pretty. :)

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