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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Roadtrip 2008: The Northern Rockies

Zach, trying his luck on the ice. "Zach, you fool! The ice is deadly!"
Later, after having watched from a safe distance, a Korean couple asked him if he were a famous geologist and had their pictures taken with him.

On the road from Banff to Jasper.

Ben Kammer, loaded for bear at Dawson's Pass. We saw several signs of bear while we were in Glacier National Park. The bears there have eaten people. We were told horror stories by the rangers as we checked in. They made us watch videos proving that the bears were sentient and evil.
"Bears in Glacier National Park have been clocked at 30 miles per hour. You will not outrun them."
We were not maimed by bears or rock badgers so on the whole, we did rather well. However, I am ashamed to say that we began to go crazy after several days without any cheeseburgers. I began to read a lot of William Blake and lose my mind.

Our last night in Banff National we spent in a bear-proof campsite, protected by high-voltage electrified fences, Mounties with machine guns and railways with freight trains that came every 40 minutes. A bear attempting to attack us would be shot, electrocuted, lit on fire and then run over by a freight train. I spilled my ramen and left the bear bin unlocked just to dare the furry huns to try getting through.
So much for our plans for a daring adventure through threatening territory. We might as well have planned to camp in the McDonald's play place.


  1. Those would have to be some hungry bears to go after ramen. I ate so much of that stuff in college that the mere thought of it makes me come out in hives.

  2. We might as well have planned to camp in the McDonald's play place.

    Do you know what lurks at the bottom of those ball pits? Seriously, choose the bears.

    Nice photos. We went to Banff a few years ago: unbelievably gorgeous, especially Moraine Lake.

  3. Northern Montana, eh?

    You know If I find out that you passed through Wyoming without even an attempt at contacting me, I'll deploy the Robot Cows to go and stomp a hole in you!

    Other than than, I hope you had a good time.

  4. Stunning environments.
    Great block, inspiring work.