Daily Archives: August 20, 2021

近すぎる遭遇 – Too Close Encounter


#3 の目にはグレイシャー国立公園ローガンパスから出発して、隠れた湖 (直訳)、Hidden Lake に通じる山道で出会いました。We met the #3 eye on the trail to Hidden Lake from Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.

ボウマン湖で出会ったカップルの貴重な情報、朝6時前ならチケットなしでも公園に入れること。また、ローガンパスは断然おすすめ場所であること。そしてそのためには公園内に5時前に入らないと駐車場が満杯になってしまう事などに従って、私たちは朝3時に起きて宿を出発しました。We woke up at 3:00am and left our motel on that day because the couple we met at Bowman Lake advised us to do so. Anyone could go inside the park as long as you went in before the park opened at 6:00am. But to get to Logan Pass Visitor Center parking, we should go inside the park before 5:00am. Otherwise you can’t find a parking spot.

駐車場に着くと、まずは驚きの歓迎に会いました。かなり角が大きく成長したビッグホーンシープ(オオツノヒツジ)のお出迎えです。When we arrived there, we had a surprise welcome by a few bighorn sheep.

怖くて車から出られなかった私たちは写真を撮ることができませんでしたが、携帯でようやくビデオを撮りました。旅慣れた人たちは平気で外を歩いているのに、臆病な私の慌てぶりがビデオにも出ています。We were so afraid of them, we didn’t go out and take any pictures. I realized that I could at least take a video with my cell phone, so I did. Some people were walking so casually as if nothing is happening. But you can almost see how scared I was of them when they were close to our car in the video below.

ローガンパスはアメリカ大陸分水嶺のライン上にあることでも有名です。つまり、全ての水はここから分かれ、大西洋か太平洋に流れていくんです。Logan Pass is well known as it’s on the line of the Continental Divide of the Americas. Water will drain into either the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, depending on which side of the divide it is on.

ここから出発するハイキングコースはいくつもありますが、Hidden Lake への山道は多分、もっとも人気があると言っていいでしょう。There are many hiking trails starting from here, but I think the trail to Hidden Lake is one of the most popular courses because the setting is simply so pretty.

展望台までなら1時間ぐらいと短いので、私たちは湖畔まで降りて行くことにしました。朝日を受けて浮かび出てきた湖畔の丘。遠くに氷河が霞んで見えます。It takes only one hour to get to the overlook of Hidden Lake, so we decided to go all the way down to the lake shore and back. Sunlight started shining on the mountain by the lake. A glacier is visible at the most distant peaks to the left of this mountain.

おや?ジリスが落ち着かない様子。そういえば、湖の展望台のあたりが騒がしい。 Oh? Something was wrong. The ground squirrel was restless. I noticed that there was a lot of movement and many people were around the overlook.

バンちゃんはすでに走って行きました。人の隙間から覗くと、いた!彼がいた!3番目の目の持ち主はシロイワヤギでした。Banchan was already running ahead. I peaked through between people there. Then wow, I found him. It was the owner of the #3 eye, Mountain goat.

またしても、望遠レンズをつけていたので、顔だけの写真。また会えるような気がしたので、これでヨシとしました。I had again my 800mm lens on the camera. So this is it. I could take only a head shot. But for some reason, I was all right because I sensed that I could see him again later.

遠くにグリズリーベア(ハイイログマ)の親子を見ながら湖畔へと降りて行きました。We went down the hill, carefully observing a mother grizzly bear and her two cubs at a distance on the same hill.

湖畔でひと時を過ごしたのち、再び丘を登って帰り道に向かう途中の山道です。白い物が前の方からやってきました。After a short break by the lake shore, we came back up the same hill we came from. And it happened. I saw a white thing coming down towards me on the trail.

ウソ、シロイワヤギじゃないですか。どうしよう。一本道ですよ!Oh, No! It’s a mountain goat. What should I do? The trail wasn’t wide enough for a goat and a woman to pass by each other.

彼と私の目が合って立ち止まり、しばらく考え込んでいましたが、こんな風に足のチェック?それとも日本人の私にお辞儀でご挨拶?戦闘準備かな?ツノって、何に使うんだっけ?ハテナマーク続出です。The mountain goat paused and we were eye to eye with each other. I don’t know how long he was stopped and thinking, but I felt it was a long time. Then he started doing things like in the picture below. Is he checking on his leg? Or is he bowing to me because I am Japanese? Or, is he preparing for a fight? I wondered what their horns were for. So many questions ran through my mind like a storm but no answers for them.

ともあれ、道の端によけて息を凝らして待ちました。その甲斐あってか、彼は私の横を通り抜けて行ったのでした。I tried to stand at the edge of the trail as much as I could, and simply waited for his next action. Then he decided to walk by me. My effort, not do anything, might have worked.

その後、彼は斜面を登って、高い高い場所へと移動して行ったのでした。After that, he went up to a much higher place beyond the grassy area.

汗ダラダラ、ドキドキの出来事でした。勿論、シロイワヤギに会いたと思っていましたが、これ、近すぎです。きっと1分足らずの短い出来事だったと思います。でも、きっとこれから先も「近すぎる遭遇」として忘れないでしょう。What an experience! I was sweating to death. Of course, I wanted to see Mountain goats, but it was way too close. It was only less than a minute but I won’t ever forget it as “a close encounter a bit too close”

ちなみに、以下、バンちゃんが撮った写真です。赤いバックパックが私です。By the way, the picture below is Banchan’s shot. The red backpack is me.