Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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!!

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