Sunday, September 18, 2011

A journey of the Heart

Mission Falls near St. Ignatious MT
A journey of the heart today. I dropped one of my kids off in Missoula so he could continue his journey to visit some old friends. It is amazing the speed of time.It can catch you  in the middle with fond recollections and regrets of lost time spent pursuing the necessary work a day schedule . Where on earth did that tow headed toddler go?

Well to soothe the soul on the drive back north in the Mission Valley I took a side road through Saint Ignatious. I had spotted the Mission Falls as I was driving on the highway north and wanted a closer look. The Mission Falls are in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness Area. This is a 92000 acre protected wilderness that was formed in 1982 through the cooperation of the Salish-Kootenai Tribe. Elevations range from 4000 to 10000 feet through out the range. The falls are surrounded by Kakashe MT ( 8575 feet) , Lowary PK 9969 FT, and Mountaineer PK 9261 feet. The Mission Falls begin about 5000 ft and drop 1000 feet to the valley floor. I have included a topo map of the area ( as I love maps !) and you can see how steep the mountain sides are next to the falls. Carved from glaciers this cirque bowl is home to a beautiful waterfall and many high mountain pristine alpine lakes.  Once more the beauty of nature takes the edge off the bittersweet of life. A treatment worth the time. Now to plan a return trip with camping in mind.  


Snow melt at 7000 feet
A lively stream born of winter snows reminds us how wonderful it is to be alive with it's dancing spray . How wonderful it is to be able to make choices . How remarkable a life can be when choosing truth, compassion , love and freedom.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Silent Thursday

Happy Goat Family with Baby bringing up the rear!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One foot in front of the other

 One foot in front of the other is the best therapy. It creates a rhythm that drives out the demons. It clears the space and in that moment of honoring the four directions we become one again with those things that nourish us and protect us. Inviting the enlightened aspects of the universe to clothe us in it's armor.
Saint Mary's Lake and Wild Goose Island

Jackson Glacier in Eastern Glacier

Saint Mary's Lake blue enough to blind

Hidden Lake

Thursday, September 1, 2011


 Reflecting on the flooding of Echo Lake this year brings to mind all the things that have stopped. Fast boating is prohibited because of the wakes that erode the shores. The Causeway is flooded and you have to go the long way around to the highway. But in the still and the quiet , the lack of disturbing waves, the loons have returned to nest. Always when we lose something if we open our hands we also gain the universe.