Medicine Grizzly Lake (July 8th, 2018)

  If you follow Hike 734 you are probably aware that Jake is currently hiking and exploring Olympic National Park in Washington.  Although I’d love to join him on this adventure, my full-time job as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and some lingering limitations from the long recovery process of a fractured foot is keeping me[…]

Glacier Christmas Bird Count 2014

It’s that time of the year for Audubon’s 115th annual Christmas Bird Count. As if I needed any excuse to get out in Glacier National Park on a sunny day…. citizen science is always a great excuse. While the snow was really crunchy making it hard to hear and easy to scare birds away, we still[…]

“All About Glacier” Lecture Series

I’m pleased to let you know about a free presentation I’m doing next Wednesday night, November 12th at 7pm in the Arts and Technology Building at Flathead Valley Community College. I’m going to be presenting on my summer of 2011 where I hiked all of Glacier National Park’s trails. Click here to see a few[…]

Mt. Brown Raptor Count

I’ve really been enjoying the raptor counts in Glacier National Park. It’s always exciting to see loads of raptors and the company has been great. With Going-to-the-Sun Road being closed at Avalanche Creek, Swiftcurrent Pass was out. The weather precluded us from going on Tuesday, but with a good forecast for Wednesday, I put out[…]

Lee Ridge & Slide Lake Pika Survey

Folks from the Glacier’s Citizen Science Program relayed to me how they were thwarted in their latest attempt to get four last pika surveys done by the amazing limestone boulder fields just below Gable Pass and at Slide Lake in Glacier National Park. I looked at my schedule and took the opportunity to head on up for[…]

Swiftcurrent Raptor Count Part 2

Two weeks had past from my first raptor count when I found myself driving back up to Glacier National Park to do another raptor migration count. While the first trip in late September was a bluebird fall day, we only counted 25 birds. This day in early October was much more dynamic. The clouds were[…]

Jewel Basin Hiking Area

Along the beautiful Swan Mountains that form the eastern border of the Flathead Valley, there is a great designated hiking area called the Jewel Basin, or “The Jewel” as it’s known to us locals. This network of trails is reached via a dirt road that climbs up into the alpine making the hiking rewarding almost[…]