Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Is Glacier as Beautiful As It Was 4-years Ago? Who Knows

©Bert Gildart:  Images posted here show the way Glacier National Park appeared four years ago to the week.   Presumably the glory is there this year, but we don’t know for sure as the park is still closed.  However, we do have memories, and because of our images Glacier certainly remains alive for us.

For Janie and me not only do our images recall a beautiful time in the park but they also recall a wonderful week of camping in Many Glacier and then hiking into the lovely mountain that surrounded us there.

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L to R:  Bohemian waxwing with snow berry, St. Mary Valley, rainbow in Many Glacier Valley.


In four short days Janie and I amassed a series of photographs that included bears, moose, several species of birds and absolutely stunning scenics that took in fall color and a rainbow.

The bear I photographed was huge and most of the girth was fat, which nature intends to be used during the long months of hibernation.  Images of the bear were used in our book entitled Glacier Icons.  The book not only contains first class images but essays that help bring the park alive.  Some of the essays are distillations of stories previously published in Smithsonian, Travel/Holiday and many RV magazines such as Airstream Life and Trailer Life.  There is also a story from Highlights for Children about the Ptarmigan, a Bird of the Snow.

Though snow is moving down the mountains here in western Montana we’re keeping our fingers crossed Glacier – and certainly all the other parts of the government currently closed – will reopen.  If that’s the case we may yet have the opportunity to enjoy autumn in Glacier National Park, something we’ve never before been denied!




Dramatizing Heat of the Desert Sun




4th ed. Autographed by the Authors

Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Shenandoah National Park is the 4th edition of a favorite guide book, created by Bert & Janie, a professional husband-wife journalism team. Lots of updates including more waterfall trails, updated descriptions of confusing trail junctions, and new color photographs. New text describes more of the park’s compelling natural history. Often the descriptions are personal as the Gildarts have hiked virtually every single park trail, sometimes repeatedly.

$18.95 + Autographed Copy

Big Sky Country is beautiful

Montana Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Treasure State

Montana Icons is a book for lovers of the western vista. Features photographs of fifty famous landmarks from what many call the “Last Best Place.” The book will make you feel homesick for Montana even if you already live here. Bert Gildart’s varied careers in Montana (Bus driver on an Indian reservation, a teacher, backcountry ranger, as well as a newspaper reporter, and photographer) have given him a special view of Montana, which he shares in this book. Share the view; click here.

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

What makes Glacier, Glacier?

Glacier Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Crown of the Continent

Glacier Icons: What makes Glacier Park so special? In this book you can discover the story behind fifty of this park’s most amazing features. With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes and little known facts, Bert Gildart will be your backcountry guide. A former Glacier backcountry ranger turned writer/photographer, his hundreds of stories and images have appeared in literally dozens of periodicals including Time/Life, Smithsonian, and Field & Stream. Take a look at Glacier Icons

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

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