Well the bears are starting to wake up from their long winter naps. This Grizzly must have looked at the calendar, because he showed up Friday evening on the first day of spring. I was outside by the chalet while David was working over at the hotel, when all of a sudden I saw him coming around the corner and walking down the road toward the bridge. I got back inside and tried calling David on the radio so he would know that there was a big grizzly coming his way. I saw the bear run over the hill, so I grabbed my bear spray and walked over to tell David what I saw. My heart was beating fast when I first saw the Grizzly, but it was an awesome experience. I thought for sure we would see the Momma Black Bear and her cubs come out first, but I'm sure we'll be seeing them soon.
The other night while having dinner, we happened to look out the dining room window and saw a huge black wolf. It was really exciting, but of course by the time we grabbed the camera it was too late to get a picture. The next morning we found the paw prints in the mud and snow where he had ran back into the trees. We didn't expect to see one so close to the chalet, but it's not surprising since this is their home.
We have been seeing signs of spring all around. The trees are greener, the bushes are budding out and grass and plants are starting to sprout. The snow has been melting rapidly and the lake has completely thawed. We had come to the conclusion that spring was here to stay until we woke Monday morning to a foot of snow. I guess winter isn't quite finished yet.
Well unfortunately our posts have dwindled down to one a week, we have just been busy with work and getting ready to move out of the chalet. We will try to do more if we can. There's a lot of work that needs to be done for the new season. It's going to be an exciting one too, because this year is the 100th anniversary of the Many Glacier Hotel. The history of Many Glacier is very interesting and if you would like to find out more here is a link (http://www.glacierparkfoundation.org/History/mgh.html).
The weather has been a mixture of cold, snowy days and almost spring like days. We keep seeing more and more wildlife. We have moose hanging around on Mt. Altyn, squirrels coming out to enjoy warm weather and dive into their winter stashes and we have seen several coyotes. It's the coyotes mating season right now. We saw a pair of coyotes running around on the ice barking and yipping at each other and we saw them again running together on Altyn. We're really going to miss having this place all to ourselves, but one of the great things about this place is you can see wildlife all year round. We are looking forward to a having another great summer in this valley.
Here is an interesting link about the animals of Glacier. http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/animals.htm
For Specific information on the park you can go to the link below.
To learn more about bears check out this link.