White Sulphur Springs, MT
Once a month or so we drive to Helena
to do our major grocery shopping,
get a hair cut and pedicure,
and anything else that we can only do in a bigger metropolis.
This morning we took off at 7 am so that I could get a pedicure first.
Ahh, feel much better :-)
We've also been wanting to go on a boat cruise up the Missouri river,
and see the Gates of the Mountains.
The first departure time is 11 am, so we bought our tickets
and waited to board the Canyon Voyager.
There is also another boat which they also used
as there were a lot of people today.
We started off at the marina in
Holter Dam was built on the Missouri river
in 1908 to help generate power.
As we traveled north,
the rock canyon loomed above us..
Lewis & Clark traveled these same waters back in the early 1800's.
As they were on their journey, they came upon a section
that reminded them of 'Gates of the Mountains',
and so it is aptly named.
Along the canyon is towering rock formations
made of limestone and granite.
There are a lot of Cliff Swallow nests under some of the ledges..
We really enjoyed being able to sit outside in the sun..
We were excited to see a few bald eagles along the river..
Some of the formations and caves in the limestone
have some interesting looks..
can you see this one?
Our boat captain pointed out this..
a Common Merganser female..
We also got to see some 'smearings' by
an indian tribe's Shaman..
About an hour into our ride, we saw the second boat coming back..
..and another bald eagle!
As I was looking behind us, I spotted an eagle
looking for some dinner.
I barely got a shot of him as he grabbed a fish.
We were surprised to be able to see an eagle's nest,
with a juvenile right above it..see it?
George and I had a great 2 hour ride
with some terrific sightings!
It was definitely worth the $14 per ticket.
We ended the day picking up groceries before we headed home.
5 more weeks to work here in Montana,
then we're rolling again!