October 1, 2017 and top of mind thoughts this morning

Boat House on Lake McDonald
Short walk to the beach, only 24 hours ago.

 

Boat House on Lake McDonald
Clouds make the same view different and generally drive a weather change.

 

Boat House on Lake McDonald
Fires still going, since August 10. Temperatures dropped 25 degrees yesterday.

 

Boat House on Lake McDonald
Loved the Boat House. The house handbook.

 

Boat House on Lake McDonald
Even the short walk, i carried Bear spray. Odds are so small, but not zero. Kinda like a seatbelt.

 

October 1, 2017 and top of mind thoughts this morning are:

  1. Slept two and a half hours past normal wakeup until 7:20am. Rare.
  2. Remember swearing years ago i’d never take a late flight home from Glacier. Did it last night. Rare. “Desperate”.
  3. Trip was “too short”.
  4. While it was tempting to feel remorseful for having to leave, i had to work harder than normal (but not very long…maybe 10 seconds) to channel my energy into being so incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity.
  5. Happy 46th birthday Walt Disney World and Magic Kingdom.
  6. Happy 35th birthday Epcot.
  7. Looking forward to opening a box today at Epcot – sent from China.
  8. Leaning more heavily toward spending double the time at Glacier next Summer. Four-plus weeks instead of two-plus weeks.
  9. Spent more time (still a drop in the bucket compared to heavy users) on Facebook since i am posting Glacier photos and videos.
  10. Getting closer to making a decision on a post to share how the real battle from the onlookers isn’t with politics, it’s with the CEO of their life.
  11. The reality of my 10-year goal to do everthing i want to do before time is up – i only have one more Summer – June 8, 2019 is the “deadline”.
  12. i wonder what older members of my Family want, if anything, from me.

Writing is good for my health.

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Happy third year of Disney retirement jeff

weather at Glacier in October
Temps dropped yesterday 25 degrees and nothing but clouds.

 

Lake McDonald in October
Drastic weather change from the past three days.

 

In the midst of adversity, expect opportunity.

Reminiscing on the 2008-2009 economic tsunami and the Disney layoffs that resulted, i distinctly remember feeling betrayed.

The layoff “formula” didn’t make sense to me.

i was also at the height of my personal feelings that Disney Institute had nowhere to go but up when it came to modeling our message.

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Never hike alone in Glacier National Park except…

September in Glacier National Park

 

September in Glacier National Park
Up at 4:15am. out the door 2.5 hours later.

 

Chief Mountain
Chief Mountain (top center) from the crest of Highway 89. From this point, you only notice it for a second and then it’s gone. Here’s what it looks like 20 miles closer.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Coming down into St Mary. Photo somewhere near 6,000′ altitude.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Fall.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Looking West, Southwest.

 

September in Glacier National Park
St Mary Lake on left. Driving to Rising Sun.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Stunning.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Owned the place with a few others.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Winterized.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Winterized all the way around.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Iconic Wild Goose Island in St Mary Lake.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Lost Lake goes unnoticed to most visitors. It is 15 steps from Going to the Sun Road.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Lost Lake.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Lost Lake.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Fall foliage.

 

September in Glacier National Park
From the 2015 fire.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Made it to Logan Pass before 10am.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Logan Pass. Tomorrow (September 30) is the last day the Visitor’s Center is open for 2017.

 

Never hike alone.

But i’m alone on this trip.

A first.

Because i tested the drive time (after Hidden Lake Trail hike yesterday) from Logan Pass to Apgar, “without stopping”, was confident it could be done in 2.5 hours or less.

So the drive to St Mary was 90 minutes yesterday morning. Only stopping for Chief Mountain and St Mary Lake overlook.

The plan kinda fell apart from St Mary to Logan Pass.

Why?

Because i had a Verizon signal all the way to Baring Falls.

So i was able to text photos to special people, including some business contacts. And because of Lost Lake. And because it was so remarkably peaceful without any traffic.

Never knew Verizon carried that far.

As soon as i lost Verizon, it was a push to the top.

Arrived just before 10am.

Got front row parking (again).

Next up, adjust clothing for wind chill and the shade that will last at least the first hour on Highline trail.

In Orlando, i had already analyzed a hike to Haystack Butte, lunch there, and hike back to Logan Pass.

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How do you top a spectacular day?

Car clock
First photo yesterday.

 

Lake McDonald at Dawn
Second photo yesterday. Dawn. From the Boat House.

 

Lake McDonald ta Apgar
Third photo yesterday. Dawn. Looking at the Boat House from Village Inn.

 

Rock pile sculpture
Fourth photo. Maybe an hour into the drive.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Near Two Medicine.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Coming down in St Mary.

 

Glacier National Park in September
St Mary Lake.

 

Glacier National Park in September
St Mary Entrance.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Heading West on Going To The Sun Road.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Rising Sun is up ahead.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Context. Heading to Logan Pass. The road is closed from there to West Glacier due to the Sprauge fire.

 

View from Rising Sun
Heading West on Going To The Sun Road at Rising Sun.

 

View from Rising Sun
Heading West on Going To The Sun Road at Rising Sun.

 

Rising Sun Motor Inn boarded up for Winter
Rising Sun Motor Inn boarded up for Winter.

 

Paddle boarders at Wild Goose Island
Paddle boarders at Wild Goose Island.

 

Teddy Bear at St Mary Lake
There are 46 beads left in there jar.

 

Teddy Bear at St Mary Lake
The jar has never been to Glacier, or anywhere else for that matter.

 

Paddle boarders at Wild Goose Island
Paddle boarders at Wild Goose Island.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Making the ascent up the East side.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Biker making the descent.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Almost to Logan Pass.

 

Glacier National Park in September
Awe inspiring.

 

car clock
Five hour trip because of all the stopping and staring. Should have taken two hours.

 

How do you top a spectacular day?

First, you don’t even try.

Second, you go about your daily business.

Yesterday i knew, since before i booked the reservation, that there’d be a two-hour minimum drive each way.

Turns out the 2-hour drive took five hours.

Good thing i had a 7am departure from the Boathouse.

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