On August 4th, 2019, I drove my son and grandson to the Denver International Airport to catch their flight home. I camped at a KOA northeast of the airport. On August 5th, I drove to north Albuquerque. On August 6th, I drove to Cloudcroft, New Mexico for one final visit with my brother. On August 7th, I drove from Cloudcroft to my home in Helotes, Texas. Goal to return home safe accomplished! Here are a few more images from RMNP moose, marmots, pica, and elk. That’s one of New Mexico’s rest areas with much needed rainfall ahead. Those are some of Cloudcroft’s trees. And, that’s me and my traveling bear buddy, Al, arriving safe at home! Total mileage of my 2019 road trip from Texas to Alaska and back was 15,965 miles!
On July 30th and 31st, 2019, I explored the RMNP before picking up my son and grandson at the Denver International Airport. On August 1st and 2nd, we explored the park together.
On July 20th and 21st, 2019, I explored Glacier National Park in Montana. Driving Going to the Sun Road is a delightful experience. I love watching the Big Horn Rams and the Mountain Goats near Logan’s Pass Visitor Center. The trees and the waterfalls are wonderful. I also love the colorful rocks in the streams and lakes. My bear traveling buddy Al wanted a picture in the big red chair in West Glacier and I wanted some fudge.
On July 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2019, I explored Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming. I took my usual self-portrait in front of Tom Mangelsen’s Gallery window with Bear 499! Saw a moose on Moose-Wilson Road. And four bull moose near my campground in Gros Ventre. When capturing the wide angle images of the Teton Mountain Range from Schwabacher Landing, I noticed the ducks in the foreground and then a sow black bear and her two cubs appeared in an opening at the lower right of my composed images! Can you spot the bear? Those are the Moulton barn images near Morman Row. Hiked most of the day getting trail images and the bonus bear shots near Jenny Lake.
On July 23rd and 24th, 2019, I drove through Yellowstone. Saw a grizzly about two miles away on a hillside! Can you spot him? I had trouble locating him. I almost always see a bear or other wildlife in the Petrified Tree area of the park. The bison were in Lamar Valley. Mammoth Hot Springs has the elk on the lawn in front of the hotel. I did not know I owned a coach line. Bear spray rentals at Canyon Village.
On July 18th, 2019, I traveled from Hinton, Alberta, thinking I would spend a few nights in Waterton Park, Canada. However, last September’s wildfires caused some major roads to be closed within the park. This meant I could not visit the bears due to restoration! Also, the Waterton campground had no spaces available. I camped a few miles before the Chief Mountain border crossing that closes at 10:00 PM and opens again at 7:00 AM. These images are mostly of my last hours in Canada. I crossed the border early on the 19th. I dry camped at Divide Creek one night and then two nights at the St. Mary/East Glacier KOA. I did not opt for the $1000.00 a night Deluxe Lodge that could accommodate almost a dozen people! There is no ATT service in Glacier National Park. Six miles away from my campsite, high on the ridge I could text and make phone calls. The bikers took a break across the road from where I was making my phone calls. Watch out for the cattle along the road when you enter Montana!
On July 17th, 2019, I drove from Hinton to Camoden to visit the big horn sheep and got a bonus with grizzlies and other wildlife! I am posting many images again for feedback from my blog followers. Please leave comments and tell me about your favorite images and why you like them best!
On July 15th, I enjoyed the morning with the sheep of Stone Mountain! Then, I kept moving to get close to Hinton, Alberta, Canada. Found a vehicle more muddy than mine! Spent the night at a pullout on Highway 40 with a truck driver. Tried to capture the lightning in the distant sky; but, had no luck! By the way, I post lots of pictures to get some feedback. Please tell me your favorites.
On July 14th, 2019, I enjoyed some more fireweed along side of the highway! I don’t like seeing these signs when I would just like to stop and rest for the night! I revisited the Sign Post Forest and took pictures to help folks find my signs in case they ever stop by along the Alaska Highway! This is my sixth road trip from Texas to Alaska and may be my last! I love the sticker on the Alberta license plate that reads “Alaska is my happy place!” More bears! This was my first encounter with a lynx in the wild. Too bad I could not get a better focused image through the bushes!
On July 13th, 2019, I spent the day watching the eagles fish in Whitehorse! How many pictures can one fellow take waiting for the perfect shot? The answer is many! I don’t usually take pictures of graffiti in the mountains. However, I decided to take this one to point out the lack of respect for mother nature that too many people demonstrate!