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Road Trip Memories

Road Trip Memories


The wildlife encountered on our Glacier National Park Vacation


We recently spent 9 days in Glacier National Park and encountered several of the wild animals one hopes to see on a vacation such as this. Alphabetically we saw bears four times; once from a boat and twice across lakes. The one pictured below ambled past us about 100 feet off trail while we were sitting on a log enjoying a snack.

Black Bear

The Bison were easy to see as before entering the park we took a drive through the National Bison Range a few miles to the south.


These geese seemed to be teaching the young ones how to fly in formation.

Canada Geese

Mergansers had time for nothing but play.


The moose is the largest land animal in America. The bull was behind the island and wouldn't come out for a picture, and I wasn't fast enough with the camera when we arrived at this lake.


Mountain Goats can put all four feet on a ledge no bigger than a paper back book.

Mountain Goat

This young mule deer was following a hiker down the trail from Sperry Chalet.

Mule Deer

This pronghorn wasn't the least bit concerned by our presence.


We also saw 4 Big Horn Sheep about 15 feet from the road at Logan Pass. But the road construction had us in a stream of cars with no time or place to stop.

For some reason, I had a difficult time getting any of the wildlife to pose for me and mostly I got butt shots, which is the preferred side of a close-by bear sighting, for sure.






Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 27 commentsGlenn Roberts • September 13 2010 07:07PM


Glenn - Sound like you had a great time!  For those of us who couldn't be there you did a great job of sharing some of the beautiful sights. Thanks!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) over 8 years ago

It's a favorite part of the world for us - lucky you.  Glad you decided to spread the love.

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 8 years ago

Glenn-these are some great photos. Nice to have such wonderful memories.

Posted by Debra over 8 years ago

What a great photo tribute to my favorite National Park in the western United States, Thanks Glenn!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 8 years ago

Love the shot of the bison. That setting looks like it hasn't changed for hundreds of years.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 8 years ago

So   .   .   .   I guess this means our vacation is over.   Thanks so much for taking us along, we had a wonderful time!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 8 years ago

Nevin - It's nice to be back, but away was...well, better.

Michael - I just wish the winters there weren't so severe.

Debra - I'm liking digital photos more than paper ones more and more. They travel well.

Paul - There are miles of quiet trails out there and every turn offers a magnificent view.

John - I think only the grass grows and the bison eat it. Amen.

Tish - It's back to work for us. Tomorrow a new listing. (The means to another road trip, in a sense)


Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago


Great job on collecting the memories with some very nice images. Wish I could have been there with you!

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) over 8 years ago

I like the pictures, thanks for the post!

Posted by Kiersten Vogt over 8 years ago

Aaron - It was a marvelous trip in spite of below normal cold.

Kiersten - You're welcome.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Glacier National Park is an awesome place to visit. My step son drove a tour bus there last summer and a visit was mandatory. We just came back from Glacier Bay National Park in AK and agreed that had we not seen Glacier National Park that it would have been wondrous. However, having first been to Glacier National Park, I believe we could have saved our money and stayed home instead of taking the trip through the Inner Passage to Glacier Bay National Park.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Glenn~  I think I would like to be like the merganzers and have time for nothing but play!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Glenn -- Very cool.  I would have felt SOOO vulnerable with nothing between that black bear and me except a distance that I'm sure it could have closed faster than I could have widened it.  Weren't you nervous?

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

We still laugh at the last time we went to Yellowstone my youngest was two and she yelled out the window "Look Buffalo Butt! Can we get a picture?" We turned and sure enough there it was about a foot from her window and we did get the picture at her request and all got a good laugh. Still say Buffalo Butt when something is close up and pretty darn obvious to get the family to laugh.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

9 days there? You are very lucky!

Nice pictures.


Posted by Jason Potrzeba, Mortgage Banking Officer (Webster Bank) over 8 years ago

Glenn - Very nice scenic and wildlife photographs of your vacation at Glacier National Park.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

Glenn, sounds like you had a pretty good time on your vacation. The photos are great.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

How fantastic is this, Glenn? Did you also see glaciers? I've done the Beartooth Highway -- 212 --  from Red Bluff to Cooke City during a camping / hiking trip to Montana, but I haven't been to this park yet. In fact, I haven't even been to Yellowstone, but that will be rectified after next week. Love your photos, Glenn.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Vickie - Alaska has been on our list for years and we're so close, but we haven't made it yet.

Vickie - The mergansers had it made.

Chris - I've seen black bear in the Cascades often and they always run at the sound of a human voice. Unfortunately my wife always runs at the sight of a bear and I wasn't able to wait for a better angle.

Todd - Those big brutes have no respect.

Jason - We've found that real estate in Seattle is essentially dead for the two weeks around Labor Day. Often then is our best weather of the year and everyone gets out in it.

Marc - The chance meetings in the wild are the most fun. Wish I was quicker with the camera.

Michael - We did have a wonderful time.

Elizabeth - We did see 5 or six of the glaciers. They are quite small compared to the glaciers on Mt Rainer. Have a great time in Yellowstone. I've only driven through there once at the tail end of another trip.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Glenn...what is it that causes us so much pleasure when we see wildlife up close and in their natural habitats? To me, this is one of life's pleasures and mysteries. I always marvel on how animals make their way working with nature and their environment and with just a minimum of intelligence. When you compare that to the way mankind journeys, a little shame tends to enter the picture as we are not good stewards of what we see and possess. Most fascinating post.....thank you Glenn....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Richie - Animals are fascinating. I learned this trip that a bear can consume 100,000 berries in a day when preparing to hibernate. And that a 40 lb wolverine can bring down a moose. 

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

What a wonderful trip you must have There's nothing more relaxing than taking time to enjoy what nature has to offer. I'm a little jealous.

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals (The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts) over 8 years ago

Richard - Vacations like this are well worth it for many reasons.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Fabulous pictures Glenn...  thanks so much for sharing them... The scenery is spectacular and living in the city, you forget sometimes that there still are still wild animals, and there's still a wild. 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 8 years ago

René - Getting back to the wild basics is good for the soul.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Felt like I was right there with you sir..............great job, great post, great pictures.  So glad you had a wonderful vacation...............

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