This time of the year, the wild flowers start to bloom. There are so many of them, I was not able to capture them all. I did manage to take a good picture for some of them. They are truly exquisite.
Huckleberry was served everywhere around Glacier National Park. One morning I asked the waiter in Glacier Highland Restaurant where the huckleberries were coming from. I was surprised to learn that huckleberries were foraged from the wild and they can be as expensive as $80/gallon, but it’s usually about $40/gallon (4.5lbs == 1 gallon). Still, it’s not cheap.
This park is filled with wildlife. We saw black bear mom with babies, wolf, mountain goats (which is this park famous for), pine marten (on camera trap), golden eagle, osprey, chipmunks, ground squirrel, deers and moose. I only captured some of them in my camera:
The main reason why we are going to Glacier Nation Park is because of their world famous mountain goats. You can see them in other parts of the Rocky Mountains also but this park is the easiest place to find them. The mountain goats like to lick the minerals along the river banks. Each year after the snow melted, they all showed up regularly around a place called Goat Lick, which locates at the south east corner of the park. The very first time when we saw them, they were high up on the cliff on the north side of the freeway, not very photogenic. The second time when we went back, this time they were exactly at the cliff next to the river. For a brief moment, I thought they were going to fall off the cliff!
This time, we got to get a pretty good look at them.
Besides the mountain goats, the bears who just came out of hibernation put up a good show also.
Here are the chipmunk, osprey, and dusky grouse:
This grouse is so well-camouflaged, most of us passing by without seeing it. Thanks for Josiah’s spotting.
This is one of the lesser known state park along the east side of highway 1 down south of Half Moon Bay. Usually, people drive down highway 1, their attention immediately got captured by the beautiful coast. However, if you just turn your head around a little, you will find a whole mountain range of hidden redwood-pine-oak forest just a couple miles inland.
When walking along the river, we saw a newt! Lucky day for us.
Just joined a foraging walk this Sat. Before going to the walk, I already had some idea of what kinds of plants out there are edible. Like fennel, yarrow, sage, oxalis, etc. This trip certainly introduced more varieties of plants out there I can eat.
Common Mallow — This is the first plant the guide, Kevin Feinstein, introduced us. I tried the seed/fruit. Like he said, it tasted a bit like okra. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malva_neglecta
Cleavers — The whole plant has tough tiny hairs feels like Velcro. Really don’t know I can eat that. By the texture of it, I would have never try. http://www.eattheweeds.com/galium-aparine-goosegrass-on-the-loose-2/
Wild Radish— this really grows everywhere. I see them everywhere around Pacifica.