Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ollie the Otter -- Ollie at Two Medicine Lake at Glacier National Park

After seeing Running Eagle Falls and  taking a nice car ride in the "Red Jammers", Ollie and his group of fellow travelers had one more thing to do in Glacier National Park before moving on to their next destination.  Before they left, they wanted to do a scenic cruise on Two Medicine Lake.

Located in Glacier National Park, in Montana, Two Medicine Lake is approximately 2 miles long and .33 miles wide.  Sinopah Mountain dominates the western view from the lake, while immediately to the north, Rising Wolf Mountain rises over 4,450 feet above the lake.  The region was considered sacred ground by several Native American tribes including the Blackfeet and they performed Vision quests here. Aside from Chief Mountain, the Two Medicine area is the most sacred section of the park to the Blackfeet.


Jimmy & Olliein Front of the Sign for the Two Medicine Scenic Cruises

Jimmy Holding Ollie Up Next to the Sign for the Two Medicine Scenic Cruises

Jenny & Ollie Enjoying the Cruise Along Two Medicine Lake

Ollie Wanted a Closer Look at Two Medicine Lake


Ollie and the group had quite a sightseeing experience at Glacier National Park  They saw quite a bit of pretty scenery.  I wonder where they will head to next, don't you?  Stay tuned, dear readers!!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Ollie the Otter -- Ollie at Running Eagle Falls in Glacier National Park

Ollie and the group of travelers are still in Glacier National Park enjoying as much of the park's scenery as possible.

Today, the group got to see Running Eagle Falls.

This falls is a "Trick Fountain", meaning that it's really two falls in one.  During high water, the water leaps from the top shelf, hiding a second hidden falls that roars out of a cave half way down.  At lower flows, water only gushes out from the cave leaving the top dry. However, at any water level this is a phenomenal place to be.  There is unusual warping of the surrounding sedimentary rocks as you approach the falls. This formation is from the unusual action of older rocks sliding over younger rocks which is common in and around Glacier National Park.

Running Eagle Falls is named after a Blackfoot tribeswoman who lived around 1825.  As the story goes, she gravitated to the skills of a Blackfoot warrior. She became a great hunter and was incredibly brave in the face of her tribes’ enemies. At one point, Running Eagle was instructed by the village elders to go on a vision quest in order to find her true calling. It is said that she went on this quest near the falls. Running eagle was able to tell of her adventures in the Medicine Lodge ceremonies while also becoming a member of the Braves Society of young warriors. She continued to lead successfully war and hunting parties until she died in a battle against a party of Flatheads near the Sun River.


A Look at the Beautiful Mountains at Glacier National Park

Ollie Poses in Front of the "Guardians of the Threshold" Sculpture, Located at East Glacier.  These equestrian figures are made completely of metal and other scrap, and are Blackfeet Metal Warriors.

Ollie Is THINKING About Testing the Waters

Another Sign WITHOUT Ollie.  He Seems to Be Slacking on Finding These, Doesn't He?

Sign For "Running Eagle Falls" Nature Trail
The group did more sightseeing, but they did it in style this time.  They were able to get seats in a 1930's White Glacier National Park Red Bus.  These buses, called Red jammers, offer tours on all the main roads in the park. The drivers of the buses are called "Jammers," due to the gear-jamming that formerly occurred during the vehicles' operation. The tour buses were rebuilt in 2001 by Ford Motor Company. The bodies were removed from their original chassis and built on modern Ford E-Series van chassis They were also converted to run on propane, to lessen their environmental impact. 

Ollie Sitting on the Sign Telling About the "Red Jammers"

The Front of a White/ford Red Jammer
Kyle, Jenny, Ollie, & Jimmy in the Red Jammer
Jenny & Kyle Looking Out the Top of the Red Jammer

A Red Jammer.  Isn't It a Neat Vehicle?

Looks like another fun day of sightseeing was had by Ollie and the group of travelers.  Where will Ollie show up next?   Check back here and see!  Until next time, dear readers!!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ollie the Otter -- Still at Glacier National Park & Lodge!

Apparently Ollie liked it so much at Glacier National Park, that he talked the group into staying a bit longer to look around at the beautiful scenery.

After taking in more scenery at Glacier National Park, Ollie and the group stopped in at Glacier Park Lodge to relax for a bit before heading on to their next stop.

Glacier Park Lodge is located on the eastern gateway of Glacier National Park. Glacier Park Lodge and Resort is a rustic western theme lodge that was built along the main line of the Burlington Northern Railroad. The highlight of Glacier Park Lodge are the huge Douglas Fir pillars that are over 40 feet high and 40 inches in diameter that form the supports in the distinguished lobby.

Ollie Reading the Sign Warning of Grizzly Bears...Oh My!

Uh Oh!!! Ollie Can't Go Any Farther...Or Can He?!?!?

Looks Like Ollie Found a Way Past That Mark and is Now Safely With Jenny & Kyle Enjoying the Scenery at Glacier National Park!

How Does Ollie ALWAYS Manage to Find Signs?  "Better Be Careful, There's Danger Ahead!", Ollie Says.

Another Sign, But Where's Ollie?  Is He Hiding?

"The Three Amigos" Showing Jenny Which Way to Go.  Such Nice Helpers!
Glacier Park Lodge -- Such a Pretty View!
The 40" in Diameter Douglas Fir Trees Inside the Glacier Park Lodge

Ollie Trying to Make a New Friend, But For Some Reason, the Mountain Goat Wouldn't Talk Back!
Ollie & Kyle Try to Talk to This Indian..He Wouldn't Talk to Them Though!

What a Way to End the Day -- Relaxing Inside By the Fireplace at Glacier Park Lodge!

Just where will Ollie be seen next?  Stay tuned, dear readers!!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Ollie the Otter at Glacier National Park!!

After resting up from their visit at the Leigh Creek Monument in TenSleep Canyon, Ollie and the travelers did some driving and ended up in Glacier National Park.

Located in the state of Montana, Glacier National Park encompasses over 1,000,000 acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges, over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals.

Ollie "Hanging Around" With Kyle and Jimmy and their grandfather, Jim
Ollie at Glacier National Park With Gene & Helen King.  Gene & Helen are Celebrating Their 50th Wedding Anniversary on This Trip!! Congratulations, You Two!!

Ollie Taking in the View at Glacier National Park

Kyle & His Lovely Grandmother, Jenny

Don't Do It Jimmy!!! Don't Jump!

Ollie Saw This Sign and Wouldn't Let Anyone Through!

When the Sightseeing Was Done For the Day, Ollie Decided That He Wanted to Go for a Bike RideToo Bad His Feet Don't Reach the Pedals!


As you can see, Ollie is still enjoying himself.  He is getting along really well with his fellow travelers and learning a lot along the way.  Want to know where Ollie is headed to next?  Stay tuned to find out!!!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ollie at Leigh Creek Monument -- TenSleep Canyon, Wyoming

After "The Three Amigos" (AKA Jimmy, Kyle, and Ollie) were done sightseeing at The Continental Divide, the group headed on to see the Leigh Creek Monument at TenSleep Canyon.

The Leigh Creek Monument is located at the rim of TenSleep Canyon and is topped with a cross and was erected in 1889 in memory of an English nobleman who fell 200 feet off the Ten Sleep Canyon Wall, while in pursuit of a Big Horn Sheep.

Ollie With the Sign for Leigh Creek Monument
The sign reads:

    At the rim above TenSleep Canyon is the Leigh Creek Monument, erected in 1889 in memory of English nobleman Gilbert E. Leigh.  Leigh, a lifelong big game hunter and outdoor enthusiast, went missing during a hunting expedition.  Following his disappearance, men from the local area searched for Leigh; unfortunately, after a week of searching, they found Leigh's body and discovered that he had fallen 100 feet to his death over the canyon wall while in pursuit of mountain sheep.  The monument, erected by well known Sheridan area guide Robert Stewart, is laid up of native stone in dry mortar and is approximately ten feet square at the base.  It contains a marble slab with an inscription memorializing Leigh, who was buried in Stoneleigh, England.

I wonder where Ollie will be spotted at next, don't you?  Stay tuned, dear readers, and we'll find out!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ollie the Otter at the Continental Divide!

After Ollie got to see "Old Faithful", he and the group of travelers went on to see other sites.  Next stop:  The Continental Divide!

The Continental Divide is an imaginary line running roughly north to south that separates waters that run to the pacific ocean from those that flow to the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico.  Rain or melting snow on one side  flows west to the Pacific Ocean; on the other side, rivers and streams flow northeast to Hudson Bay, Canada, or southeast to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Every continent except Antarctica has a continental divide, and as is the case in North America, a few continents have more than one.


Is It Just Me or Does This Look Like an Album Cover for a Band? "Ollie & The Continental Divide".

"The Three Amigos" Goofing Off

Up to No Good, I'm Sure!

I'm not too sure if Ollie liked the snow, but it looks like he had fun nonetheless.

Where will Ollie be next?  STAY TUNED! :)

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Ollie the Otter Gets to See the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park!

After seeing Devils Tower, Ollie wanted to see more sites.  The group agreed and they headed to Yellowstone National Park to see Old Faithful.

A cone shaped geyser, Old Faithful was the first geyser in Yellowstone National Park to get a name.  It was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition.  Both the geyser, and the nearby Old Faithful Inn are part of the Old Faithful Historic District.

Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet, lasting from 1.5 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet.  Intervals between eruptions can range from 45 to 125 minutes, averaging 66.5 minutes in 1939, slowly increasing to an average of 90 minutes apart today.

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Kyle & Ollie Goof Off While Waiting for Old Faithful to Erupt

Jimmy Saved Ollie From Kyle, and Now Ollie Sits in Anticipation With Gene King and Jimmy

Just What Ollie Was Waiting For!

After Waiting on Old Faithful, Ollie & the Travelers Stopped Here to Eat

Ollie & His New Pal, Gene King, Enjoying Lunch

As you can tell, Ollie and his friends had a fun time today.  I'll bet Ollie's favorite part was eating at The Old Faithful Lodge.  What do you think?

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Ollie The Otter Visits Devils Tower in The Black Hills of Wyoming!!

Well, dear readers, "Ollie the Outlaw" managed to escape from the Black Hills Mining Museum

From here, Ollie and the group headed to see Devils Tower.

Devils Tower is a volcanic neck located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River.  It is a dramatic 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain and the summit is 5,112 feet  above sea level.

Devils Tower appeared in Steven Spielberg's movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

So, how did Devils Tower form?  Geologists agree that Devils Tower was formed by the intrusion of igneous material.  However, they can't agree how exactly this took place.

 Of course, this being in an area rich in American Indian history, there is also folklore about how Devils Tower formed.

American Indian legends tell of six Lakota Sioux girls who were picking flowers when they were chased  by bears. Feeling sorry for them, the Great Spirit raised the ground beneath the girls. The bears tried to climb the rock, but fell off, leaving their scratch marks on the sides.  There are many other stories like this one that vary depending on the tribe.

The Tower is sacred to several Native American Plains tribes, including the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne and Kiowa. Because of this, many Indian leaders objected to climbers ascending the monument, considering this to be a desecration. The climbers argued that they had a right to climb the Tower, since it is on federal land. A compromise was eventually reached with a voluntary climbing ban during the month of June when the tribes are conducting ceremonies around the monument. Climbers are asked, but not required, to stay off the Tower in June.

Ollie Was Excited at the Sight of Snow!
Isn't He a Cute Otter!?!?

Ollie Wanted to Have His Picture Taken With Devils Tower!

Ollie Showing the Others That They Need to Stay on the Trails!  Such a Good Otter!

Ollie and his group of travelers had a great time today.  Ollie was scared that he might see a snake at Devils Tower, but alas, he didn't and he was relieved....he hates snakes!

Check back to see where Ollie heads to next, dear readers.

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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