Meeting up with a mountain goat in Glacier National Park is fairly easy to do. Alan photographed this one when our Road Scholar hiking program stopped for lunch at Hidden Lake Overlook in the Montana national park. Actually, he was photographing me when his peripheral vision caught movement in the trees. Swinging the camera around, Alan began clicking away at a female mountain goat—notice the short, straight horns instead of the huge curly ones worn by the rams. She stood there shivering for what seemed like forever as hikers scurried around to take photos. In reality, the entire event lasted about five or ten minutes.
Why was the mountain goat shivering? It wasn’t from the cold as the day was unusually mild for September.
“What’s wrong with her?” I asked Road Scholar guide Stephanie Paidus.
She replied, “The mountain goat is already wearing her winter coat and the warm temperature is causing her to overheat.”
What have you learned from a visit to one of our national parks? Post a comment to share with us. Alan and I think a national park adventure is like participating in nature’s laboratory. We learn something new on every visit.
Disclosure: Road Scholar has provided this travel experience, but the opinions are our own.
Bio: At My Itchy Travel Feet, a Baby Boomer's guide to travel, Donna and Alan Hull promise to provide valuable information to help Baby Boomers plan their next adventure.
Donna, the writer, and Alan, the photographer, travel the world recording their experiences with words, photos and videos. Browse through items about international and domestic destinations. Read lodging and dining reviews. Discover new adventures, whether it’s a luxury cruise or a rough-and-tumble jeep experience. Learn trip planning strategies. Find out about new travel products. The couple may occasionally accept free lodging, food or products, but they make a point to disclose that in their posts.
Their goal: to inspire Boomers to get off the couch and go.