First snow of Autumn

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This is the first significant snowfall on the Missions for the season. The ducks you see in flight seem very hesitant to leave. There was a large flock of them on the canal when we walked there last evening.  I can’t say I’m happy about the cold weather moving in but I sure do appreciate the snow up high and I love the way the mountains look.  Soon it will be time to bring the skis up from the basement!   Sky Watch Friday is a special collection of sky photos from all around the world.

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If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.  ~~ George Bernard Shaw

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See Autumn now …

….because it won’t last long.  Our leaves don’t stay on the trees but for a short time so don’t look away.
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There is always that one indomitable bloom along the path.
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The creeks are running pretty high for this time of year. It was a wet summer so we are doing well for moisture; now all we need is some good snow pack in the mountains!  But for now I think we will just walk along the river.

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The forest is green, mossy and silent. A place J.R.R. would love.
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Clouds up high ~ SWF

While we camped in Glacier Park, I talked to a young woman in the campground who had been hiking in the higher elevations and she said the wind was unbearable up on the trails they were climbing. Our son hiked the same Scenic Point Trail in early July and said the same thing: that they nearly were blown off the mountain. Maybe it is winter up there all the time?  However, down in the valley it is still Fall.

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Heavy clouds but no snow yet up there.  Join in on Sky Watch Friday. Thanks to everyone there.

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Queenie goes to Glacier

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The campground was scrumptiously not busy for our first camping in the Vintage Silver Queen trailer.  I’ve been working on the camper nearly every day since we’ve had her.  The inside is almost finished but now I need to start on the exterior! Renovations are coming along very quickly.  Here you can see how the Aspens and Cottonwoods are shedding their leaves.  The floor of the campground is carpeted in yellow with a thin layer from these beautiful trees.
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Queenie will require some cleaning and polishing and there are a few dents to repair… but here is a glimpse of the outside and of the interior.  The curtains below I reworked from some insulated panels which I purchased in the home decor section of Lowe’s.  It was a better value than trying to sew from scratch, as I couldn’t find anything of equal quality in the fabric store! What is with the fabric in the stores these days? Yuck!  So, I managed to make three sets of curtains for the bigger windows out of the two long 84″ panels.  I still need to do some hemming.  There was very little waste.  I think I had four inches left over.  All of these photos enlarge.
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It was a warm night in Glacier, so our sleeping bags were cast aside for regular blankets which we also had along. The warm wind was blowing in rain, as I wrote in the previous post. The next morning we went for a walk along the river. It has been great weather for mushrooms!
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Here is a shot out the front as we drive along the road.  More to come…. water, more mushrooms…
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Autumn comes to Glacier Park

Quiet solitude surrounds us as we stand on the shore of McDonald Lake. The tourists have mostly gone home and the parking spots are plentiful. The camping places are generally now being used by those of us who live in Montana.  There really isn’t much going on.  Just the way I like it.  It is so still I can hear a squirrel’s feet scampering up the tree 20 feet away, ignoring me and busy in her pursuit of that all important stash.  The Aspen leaves are the only ones making a fuss and it’s a peaceful kind of dance they are doing over the waters of the lake.
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This morning, the rain clouds start moving in from up north wisping down the narrow valleys to the lake. A very obvious “hush”  blankets the lake.  Mist and clouds surrounds us on all sides.  Autumn enters Glacier Park and plans to stay until the snow arrives.
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All is quiet on the lake, but the forest floor is still busy.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many mushrooms in one place in my life, but more on that to come in the next post.
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