We were married in the spring of 1967 the Saturday after summer vacation began from our high school teaching jobs. Two days later summer session began at the University of Minnesota where I was pursuing my Masters Degree. When first session ended in mid July we headed west for a five weeks camping trip to Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Canadian Rockies. Having recently converted some of our old Ectachrome slides to digital lets take a slightly faded look....
Here in Glacier National Park there were still hundreds of glaciers. Sadly most are gone now.
Naturally, I liked to take photographs of my beautiful bride. It was, after all, our honeymoon . Still, the West was magnificent. Full of beautiful landscapes and lots of the wild animals.
"Bear jams", of course, are a thing of the past.
New policies on garbage collection eventually made it safer for both bears and tourist.
Back then, though the interaction between people and wildlife was often quite close as this young grizzly bear showed when he approached our car. As this pictures shows when the new Mrs. T snapped a picture, screamed and then threw herself into my arms for protection. Yah sure. Or as she said recently seeing this picture for the first time in forty some years, "in your dreams Troutbirder...."
Along the Columbia Parkway and the Bow River in Alberta, Canada
We did a trail ride on horseback up to Cameron Falls in Waterton Lakes Provincial Park across the international border from Glacier.
Ah! To be that young and full of promise. We've had a good ride though.....
A fun area to play and nice to relive the memoriesReplyDelete
Congrats on those 46 years of married life. Just think, 4 more years and you can have that big 50 year celebration! My admiration to you both!ReplyDelete
However, now that you have Mrs. TB's OK for another pup, why wait until Spring. You still have plenty of nice weather to train the little nipper in. Another GSD?
Great pics, TB, and a nice '65 Chevy. 1967 was 'the night of the grizzlys' at MT Nat'l parks, and brought about a lot of changes in bear management in the parks. Glad you missed that, but it looks like a great trip.ReplyDelete
The best advantage to teaching, long summer vacations. A five week honeymoon is pretty special.ReplyDelete
Animal interactions use to be more frequent till the rules changed, I'm convinced for the best. I saw a bear once climb in and tear up a guys SUV when the guy ran out of the food he had been tossing the bear.
That was a fun look back at your wonderful memories. You two are still a couple of go-getter explorers.ReplyDelete
how very cute!ReplyDelete
It was a lovely trip to take with a special person. I took my son on a motor trip that included a visit to the Columbia Ice Field between Jasper and Bamff. Just too many perfect landscape scenes to continue to photograph.ReplyDelete
Given the hundreds of thousands of people/ blackbear contacts, the bears are relatively harmless. I write knowing that this year here in Ontario there have been two bear attacks causing injuries. The most annoying phrase I hear is "nuisance bears". This is used a lot by those who would like to see the return of the Spring Bear Hunt. More people are injured by Moose and yet we never hear of "nuisance moose". In fact, if a moose walks into a persons yard they are delighted. No so with bears.
You left a comment on my blog about the decline of the moose population in Minnesota. I am sorry to hear of that. It is not the case in Ontario although the hunting of moose is well regulated. In Newfoundland about 100 years ago about four moose were introduced into that province. They now are a real problem as their numbers have exploded. Of course, their are no wolves on that Island so man is the only predator. Moose do well in and around logging as the logging increased the amount of young browsing vegetation they can feed off. When I was cutting logs we were prevented from cutting too close to know moose wintering yards, usually a spruce grove.ReplyDelete
Such lovely memories to look back on!ReplyDelete
Trips down memory lane are the best! Loved the photographs.ReplyDelete
What a great way to begin married life. Thanks for sharing your photos. And isn't it sad that our colorful photographic memories from the 60s and 70s are fading so badly?ReplyDelete
What a lovely honeymoon. Mine was a weekend in Minneapolis!ReplyDelete
You broke the bank on the honey moon. However, it was well worth it!ReplyDelete
I love seeing old photos of another time period.That must be quite a thrill getting so close to the grizzlies too. Congratulations on your long and happy married life.I wonder how many couples that are married today will make it 50 years?ReplyDelete
It scares me to realize how long ago 1967 actually was! It looks like it's definitely been a great ride, TB. And you both look so young and innocent!! :-)ReplyDelete
Wonderful that you have such good memories in these photographs.ReplyDelete
Yes, indeed, we were all that young once...but it's still nice to remember back. I love the last picture of the two of you riding.ReplyDelete
As long as it was a good ride, you've had a happy life! Fun photos, TB!!ReplyDelete
Your Mrs T is a gem..you are a lucky man! Five weeks what a honeymoon! :)ReplyDelete
46 years?? Congratulations! A mighty good ride indeed. Love the old pics. I will have to show hubby the car as I think he'd like it. Congrats again!ReplyDelete
Thank you for trips down Memory Lane! For those of us who are older than 60, these photos bring back wonderful memories.ReplyDelete
Aw love this ~ glad you have had a good ride ... great tie in to that fun photo.ReplyDelete
Wishing you many more, happy trails.
Lovely times you had with Mrs. T. Given the miracle of digital imagery, you two haven't changed a "bit," and the thought of a bear's "byte" isn't as scary as it was then.ReplyDelete
I keep hoping that SAM and I can go out west before we get too old to make it happen or the glaciers melt completely.
Funny how someone else's memories bring back memories of one's own, be it honeymoons, camping or bears.ReplyDelete
Here on the shore we have wild ponies out on Assateague. they used to wander the island freely, but now are fenced in - or maybe it is the tourists are fenced in... folks just cannot resist feeding the wildlife no matter how many signs are posted telling them not to.
So glad you had such a wonderful ride. May it continue!
What great memories and wonderful photos. You just made me want to take an extra trip with my husband.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful walk down memory lane! And look at you two youngin's on the horses. Your whole life ahead of you. If we could go back for one day huh? Lovely.ReplyDelete
Wishing you and your sweetie a most wonderful week!
Some time when you are doing nothing, check out this blog...I think you'll like it.ReplyDelete
I loved this look back on your travels - such grand pictures and such grand places. The photo on the horses is wonderful.ReplyDelete
Wow, love all the old photographs and the old cars, how did you convert your slides; I have tons of them.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this fun view into days gone by. Congratulations on meeting a milestone of being together for all these years. That is rare these days. Yes, ah, to be young again and full of promise.ReplyDelete
How did you convert your slides? I need to do the same thing.
What great old photos!! I took a train through the Rockies with my Mum in 1967, but I was only 3. ;) That last photo of you on the horses is a keeper.ReplyDelete