“Wander here a whole summer, if you can. Thousands of God’s wild blessings will search you and soak you as if your were a sponge, and the big days will go uncounted. If you are business-tangled, and so burdened with duty that only weeks can be got out of the heavy laden year, then go to the Flathead Reserve; for it easily and quickly reached by the Great Northern Railroad. Get off the track at Belton Station, and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the midst of what you are sure to say is the best care-killing scenery on the continent – beautiful lakes derived straight from glaciers, lofty mountains steeped in lovely nemophila-blue skies and clad with forests and glaciers, mossy ferny waterfalls in their hollows, nameless and numberless, and meadowy gardens abounding in the best of everything ….
The time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening it, it will indefinitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal. Nevermore will time seem short or long, and cares will never again fall heavily on you, but gently and kindly as gifts from heaven.”
John, I couldn’t agree with you more!
The majority of early European explorers came to this area in search of beaver and other pelts. They were soon followed by miners and, eventually, settlers looking for land. By 1891, the completion of the Great Northern Railway sealed the area’s fate, allowing a greater number of people to enter into the heart of northwest Montana. Homesteaders settled in the valleys west of Marias Pass and soon small towns developed.
Around the turn of the century, people started to look at the land differently. For some, this place held more than minerals to mine or land to farm…they began to recognize that the area had a unique scenic beauty all to its own.
By the late 1800s, influential leaders like George Bird Grinnell, pushed for the creation of a national park. In 1910, Grinnell and others saw their efforts rewarded when President Taft signed the bill establishing Glacier as the country's 10th national park.
This 7 day, 6 night PhotoTour will concentrate on landscape photography. Each day we will concentrate on specific regions within the park. Every effort will be made to be at locations that offer the best views at the time day with the best light for the selected location. This will include iconic locations such as various locations along Lake McDonald, Hidden Lake Overlook, various locations along Going to the Sun Road, Swift Current Lake, Many Glacier, St. Mary Lake ad many more.
Day 1 | Kalispell and hotel
You'll be met on your incoming flight by guide/photographers Jeff and Theresa Donald. Once the entire group has arrived we’ll depart on a 3 ½ hour trip to our base camp in Hungry Horse, MT., a gateway to Glacier National Park.
Upon arrival and check in, PhotoTour travelers will have several hours to get settled into their rooms and explore the resort. Dinner is as a group and after dinner the group will have a Q&A session.
Day 2 | Glacier National Park
Today we’ll spend a good portion of the morning exploring various locations along Lake McDonald as we drive into the park for the first time.
Lunch will be in the park. After lunch we’ll continue along Lake McDonald and start exploring various scenes along Going to the Sun Road. We’ll shoot a sunset this evening with reflections, mountains, glaciers and more. It’s hard to take a bad sunset photo in Glacier National Park
Day 3 | Glacier National Park
Today we’ll venture north through parts of Glacier National Park and cross the border into Canada and head to the town of Waterton Park, on the shores of Waterton Lake. We’ll spend the day exploring the area and photograph the sunset along the lake before heading back to the hotel. Lunch and Dinner in the park.
Day 4 | Glacier National Park
Today we’ll explore th area around Many Glacier and Swiftcurrent Lake. This area offers great sunrises and sunsets. We’ll have lunch and dinner in the park before heading back to the hotel.
Day 5 | Glacier National Park
Today, we’ll explore more portions of Going to the Sun Road. This is considered by many to be the most scenic drive in America. The road is about 50 miles in length and includes areas along Lake McDonald, Logan Pass (6646 ft) and Lake St. Mary. Lunch and Dinner are in the park
Day 6 | Glacier National Park
We’ll spend our last day in the park at various iconic locations to insure that everyone has photos of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, Mountaiin Goats, Bears (if possible), Moose and various smaller mammals and birds, including Golden Eagles.
Day 7 | Hungry Horse and Kalispell, MT
Today we have a leisurely breakfast and pack for our return to Kalispell International Airport and your return flights to Tampa. Flights should depart no sooner than noon
Most, if not all of the activities and photo opportunities will be within 300 yards or less of the side of the road or the parking lots at picnic areas, waterfalls etc. This is a very age friendly trip in regard to the distances traveled on foot.
Those with any physical limitations are urged to consult with their physician about the suitability of the trip for their specific conditions. Most of the trip is above 4000 feet and include elevations of just over 9,000 for short periods. It is suggested that you discuss the elevations with your physician any necessary prescription drugs for higher altitudes. Theresa is a retired nurse and can offer limited advice and treatment throughout the tour.
There will be two optional pre-trip meetings. The dates and times will be announced several months before departure. The meetings cover topics such as what clothing to bring, airline travel, what equipment to bring etc.
Gateway Airport is Kalispell International Airport, Montana. Please arrange your airfare after receiving receipt for your deposit. Arrival window in Kalispell is between 12 Noon and 4 PM on July 17, 2019. Search Priceline or Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com/) for airfares from your home city.
As an added convenience, Jeff & Theresa will be happy to transport all your camera gear when they drive out. There is no additional charge for this service. This insures your gear will arrive on time and not be lost or damaged by the airline. It also may reduce the added expenses of checking additional luggage.
If you will be renting equipment, please consider using Lens Rental.com, Lensrental.com (http://www.pjatr.com/t/TUJGRktHSkJGS0dJS0xCRkpOSkVN).
We can pickup the equipment at a nearby FedEx location. Jeff will also return the rented equipment to FedEx at the end of the trip. This will save you money by reducing the number of days the gear is rented. If you have questions about gear rental please contact Jeff.
Expert instruction is provided throughout the PhotoTour. If we have a rain day, instruction in various editing software will be provided. Critiques of your photos are also available.
The registration fee of $3,299.00 (double occupancy) covers all ground transportation, 6 nights lodging in Hungry Horse, MT, 6 breakfasts, admission fee to GNP, admission fee to any attractions, pickup and return transportation to the airport in Kalispell, MT.
Not covered are any incidentals, lunches, dinners, roundtrip airfare, tips. Please add $300 for single occupancy. There are several discounts available. If you have traveled on a prior FCCP PhotoTour, you may deduct 10% from the tour cost.
A deposit of $900 per person is required to hold your spot. The balance is due no later than April 15, 2019 . After that date an administrative fee of $250 will be deducted from your refund. No refunds within 14 days of the start of the tour unless the space can be filled.