Unlike Yellowstone, Glacier National Park allows no motorized travel during the winter. If you want to explore, you’ll have to bundle up and start walking or gliding. Fortunately last Saturday was a pleasant 15 degrees, a heat wave compared to this whole week. I am curious as to where the liquid water comes from to […]
Snowshoeing and Ice Skating
Snowshoeing and ice skating in winter wonderlands.
Ice Skating Outdoors on Smith Lake, Montana
It felt like winter and it looked like it too, but according to the calendar, winter was still a couple of weeks away. Early snows had melted, then frigid temperatures smacked the region. The combination of melting snow and freezing temperatures left Smith Lake with smooth clear ice – perfect for ice skating. We took […]
Ice Safety Tips Before Skating On a Frozen Pond
I’m no ballerina on ice but I love getting out on the pond! It makes me feel like a butterfly…and butterflies are free! Luckily my family and I have access to a pond in Kalispell’s City Park which is maintained by Parks ‘n Recs. Each ice skating season they clear the snow off of […]
Where is Winter?
These days, it’s more like spring than winter in Kalispell. The snow that fell last fall is all but gone and Christmas was more on the brown side than white. The shooting sports instructor has given consideration to raking leaves, and David said he knows someone that drove a motorcycle to work. Those are two things […]
The Joy of Snowshoeing
Here I am in my snowshoes and gaiters at Foys Lake Overlook. Marlene For the first time, and I’ve been snowshoeing for five winters now, I snowshoed straight up the side of a mountain. The view of the valley was awesome and a passing snow shower enhanced the outing. It was my birthday and it […]
Dreaming of Spring and Snowshoeing
When I looked out of the backdoor this morning, the blizzard was over. Left in its wake was fresh snow and arctic cold. I longed for spring and began to think of Logan Pass. Surely we will go up there as soon as the road is plowed and the pass accessible. It will probably be […]
Snowshoeing Along the Flathead River, Montana
Cold, brisk air beckoned us to play outdoors and the monochrome landscape along the Flathead River became the perfect winter play-land for snowshoeing. I know it looks downright cold and you may wonder why anyone would want to go outside in such bleak-looking conditions. My answer to that is: for the experience, to […]
About a year ago, Dad had seen an impressive beaver dam in Glacier National Park. Last Sunday, he wanted us to see it. Because it’s the middle of winter and the snow is deep, we needed to use snowshoes to get to the dam. After following a cross-country ski trail near lower McDonald Creek, we […]
Lost Beneath the Flakes
E and I were snowshoeing through the deep snow near the Flathead River as the sun glistened brightly through the trees. Sparkling white snow set against the clear blue sky made for a beautiful day. We reached a clearing and stopped to look at the dark colored river and snowy mountains. To annoy my […]
Snowshoe Fun on Winter Trails Day!
One Friday, Mom mentioned to us that we would go on a snowshoeing adventure at Blacktail Mountain for Winter Trails Day. Saturday morning we woke up to be greeted by Dad saying, “Good Morning, M&E, it’s the day of the big snowshoe adventure.” We got ready, and ate a breakfast of Cheerios and strawberries. At […]