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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gates of the Mountains

On their way to Great Falls yesterday (for an early morning flight back to Richmond today), Swi, Ann and I took the Gates of the Mountains boat ride on upper Holter Lake and the Missouri River. They loved it. The above scene is the actual gate that Lewis described (not the one you can see from the Interstate and the marina).

Above is the infamous Mann Gulch, site of a crazily wild 1949 fire that killed 13 firefighters. The "captain" and tour guide on our boat went on about the fire a little longer than was absolutely necessary, especially considering the many small children on board, but I found it interesting and accurate so far as I know. At right is Swi as the two-hour boat ride wound down.

He also was apparently an amateur geologist because he gave very detailed descriptions of the various rock formations, their geneses, their places in history and a crash course in plate tectonics.

A Louisianan, I found his folksy accounts fairly well done, but, again, probably more detailed than the average boat-tourist was interested in.

As you can see above and in the running accounts below, it was smoky yesterday. We did the boat ride at 3 p.m. after Swi and I ran 10 miles on the Continental Divide from Flesher Pass. An account and photos are in posts below.
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