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Custom Notecard Collection

$40.00

Original watercolor, oil paintings and pen & ink illustrations by Xplorer Maps.  Set of 12.

Product Description

You pick exactly which 12 notecards you would like packaged in your very own custom notecard collection.  Notecards are 5″x7″ and include a white envelope.  Choose from the following available notecards.  To specify exactly how many of which notecards you would like you will need to tell us in the “order notes” section once you’ve added to cart.

  • Banff National Park Map
  • Glacier National Park Map
  • Grand Canyon National Park Map
  • Olympic National Park Map
  • Yellowstone National Park Map
  • Yosemite National Park Map
  • Grinell Lake & Glacier
  • Lake McDonald
  • St. Mary Lake
  • Swiftcurrent Lake
  • Black Bear
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • North American Elk
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Moose
  • Bald Eagle (soaring)
  • Bald Eagle (head)
  • The Montana State Map
  • Montana Wildflowers
  • The Ahwahnee Hotel
  • The Old Faithful Inn
  • Rodeo 1
  • Rodeo 2
  • Giant Sequoias
  • Many Glacier Hotel
  • Lake McDonald Lodge
  • Old Faithful Geyser
Text on the back of the notecards is as follows:

“Banff National Park”
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.  From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometers (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier destinations.

“Glacier National Park”
On May 11th, 1910, President Taft signed legislation designating Glacier our nation’s 10th National Park. Known to Native Americans as “Shining Mountains” or “Backbone of the World”, Glacier encompasses 1.1 million acres of spectacular scenery, 750 miles of hiking trails, nearly 70 species of mammals, 270 species of birds and the renowned glacier carved landscapes that date back millions of years.

“Grand Canyon National Park”
Although attracting visitors since the 1890’s, the main part of the Grand Canyon was not officially designated a National Park until 1919 and it wasn’t until 1975 that the entire length of the Inner Canyon was included. It also received designation as a World Heritage Site in 1979. Although not the deepest or the longest, the Grand Canyon is arguably the most spectacular and certainly the most famous. Varying from 600 feet to 18 miles wide, with gorges as deep as 6,000 feet and approximately 277 miles long, the park encompasses over 1.2 million acres and attracts more than 4 million visitors annually.

“Olympic National Park”
Officially designated a National Park in 1938 by FDR, Olympic National Park comprises almost 1 million acres of which more than 95% was designated by Congress in 1988 as protected wilderness. The lush and ancient rainforests, stunning alpine environment and spectacular coastal shoreline combine to attract nearly 3 million visitors annually. Olympic has also been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve and World Heritage Site for its relatively unspoiled wilderness and outstanding scenery.

“Yellowstone National Park”
Yellowstone was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here and they are primarily responsible for the park’s initial designation that encompasses approximately 3,500 square miles and attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, it is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

“Yosemite National Park”
Although not officially America’s first national park, Yosemite is widely considered to be the birthplace of the national park idea and the pioneering of wilderness conservation in general. Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and today the park encompasses almost 1,200 square miles in the Sierra Nevada mountains, ranging in elevation from approximately 2,000 to 13,000 feet. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its distinctive landscape features, diverse ecosystems and exceptional natural beauty, Yosemite attracts almost 4 million visitors annually.

“Grinell Lake & Glacier”
This area of the park is named for George Bird Grinnell, an early American conservationist and explorer, who advocated strongly over two decades for the creation of Glacier National Park. These awe-inspiring iconic landmarks are located in Many Glacier Valley along one of the most scenic and popular hikes in the park and provide perhaps the most glaring example of the retreating glaciers over the last century.

“Lake McDonald”
Lake McDonald is the hub of activity on the west side of Glacier National Park. Ten miles long and nearly 500 feet deep, Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park.  Carved by powerful glaciers, the broad u-shaped valley that Lake McDonald sits in is renowned for its stunning scenery in every direction, crystal clear water and abundant recreational opportunities.

“St. Mary Lake”
Located on the east side of the Continental Divide within Glacier National Park, St. Mary Lake is the park’s 2nd largest lake spanning almost 10 miles in length, 4,000 acres in surface area and a maximum depth of approximately 300 feet. Traveling in either direction along the Going-to-the Sun-Road as it parallels the lake’s north shore, one gets a powerful sense of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains coming together.

“Swiftcurrent Lake”
Found in the Many Glacier region of Glacier National Park, Swiftcurrent Lake is home to the world-renowned Many Glacier Hotel and provides a popular gateway for extensive backcountry and other recreational opportunities. Glacier Park Boat Company tours, abundant wildlife, a myriad of hiking trails, steep rock formations lakeside and stunning glacier-studded scenery make this one of the most memorable visits to Glacier.

“Black Bear” Ursus americanus
Black bears are North America’s most familiar and common bears and are extremely adaptable to a variety of environments. Mother black bears are notoriously protective of their cubs who stay with their mothers for about two years. Omnivorous by nature, these opportunistic creatures forage constantly looking for nuts, fruits and vegetation but unfortunately, have also become easily habituated to human garbage.
Please help….…do not feed the bears!

“Bighorn Sheep” Ovis canadensis
Bighorn males, called rams, are famous for their large, curled horns. These magnificent growths are a status symbol and are used to establish mating hierarchy in epic battles ranging from Alaska to Mexico. Bighorn sheep in North America can be classified under four different species; Rocky Mountain, Sierra Nevada, Desert and Dall. They are all herbivores and typically prefer staying close to steep, rugged and rocky terrain where they are well adapted to escape from predators and protect their young.

“North American Elk” Cervus elaphus
Found in a variety of habitats (rainforests, alpine meadows, dry desert valleys and hardwood forests), today’s North American elk, or wapiti, can be broken down into four subspecies: Rocky Mountain (largest antlers); Roosevelt’s (Coastal Pacific Northwest and largest body); Tule (Central California and smallest body); and Manitoban (northern Great Plains).
Bulls can reach 900 pounds and are renowned for aggressively guarding their harems from other bulls during the fall rut season and their bugling call is certainly one of the most recognizable sounds in our wilderness.

“Grizzly Bear” Ursus arctos horribilis
The grizzly bear is a North American subspecies of the brown bear and can be found from Alaska south along the spine of the Rocky Mountains into the Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems. Mostly solitary (except for females with cubs), these awe-inspiring, top-of-the food chain giants remain an iconic symbol of the American wilderness. Surprisingly quick and fiercely protective, this magnificent creature is best observed from a safe distance.

“Moose” Alces alces
The moose is the largest species of the deer family with massive antlers that can exceed 6 feet across and weigh more than 70 pounds. Typically found in coniferous forests near lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands, the moose population of North America has been in steep decline since the 1990’s. Despite their staggering bulk, moose are excellent swimmers and the cooling effect of water, from which moose are seldom far away, provides a generous food supply and protects against biting insects.

“Bald Eagle” Haliaeetus leucocephalus (same text for eagle head an soaring)
Chosen in 1782 as the official emblem of the United States, the bald eagle has been an enduring and iconic symbol of freedom throughout North America. Opportunistic feeders that survive mainly on fish, this majestic creature is the only eagle unique to North America and builds the largest nest of any North American bird; they can measure up to 9 feet in diameter and weigh more than 2 tons! Found from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico, it is estimated there are 70,000 bald eagles and almost three-quarters of that population inhabit the northwest coast of North America.

“Montana: Big Sky Country”
Native Americans have inhabited this land for thousands of years and more than 200 years ago Lewis and Clark traversed what is now Montana on their epic adventure to discover the mythical Northwest Passage. On November 8, 1889 Montana became the 41st state and is known for its storied history of miners, homesteaders, outlaws, and cowboys as well as its breathtaking scenery, vast open spaces, recreational opportunities and natural treasures.

“Wildflowers of the West”
Glacier Lily Erythronium grandiflorum (Liliaceae): A wild relative of the tulip found in alpine environments in western North America. They bloom as the snow melts, following the snow line as it recedes up slopes in the spring.
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja integra: Found throughout the Northwest in a variety of landscapes; mountain meadows, streambanks, and open forests. Because there are no places to perch on the Paintbrush, it requires “hovering” insects and birds for pollination.
Lupine Lupinus: Lupine prefers light, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic, and it does not tolerate heat or humidity well. It performs best in areas with cool summers, especially the Pacific Northwest.
Fireweed Epilobium angustifolium: Fireweed is a perennial wildflower that is one of the first plants to appear after a forest or brush fire. Its spikes of whitish to magenta flowers, which grow up to 5 feet high, can be a spectacular sight on prairies of the temperate zone.

“The Ahwahnee Hotel”
Designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the Ahwahnee was built in 1927 and today shines as Yosemite National Park’s most iconic lodging destination. The site for The Ahwahnee, once a village of the native Miwoks, was chosen because of its exposure to the sun and stunning views of Yosemite’s icons – Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Constructed from 5,000 tons of stone, 1,000 tons of steel, and 30,000 feet of timber, this National Historic Landmark is a major attraction for visitors to Yosemite as they explore this unique relationship of architecture and nature with a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance.

“Old Faithful Inn”
As a national historic landmark, Old Faithful Inn is the most requested lodging facility in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1903-1904 with local logs and stone, the Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world. The towering lobby features a massive stone fireplace and a hand-crafted clock made of copper, wood and wrought iron serving as focal points. With 327 rooms, the Old Faithfull Inn is open from early May until mid-October and features a full-service restaurant, lounge, snack bar, gift shop and daily tours.

“Rodeo” (same text for Rodeo #1 and Rodeo #2)
Eight seconds doesn’t sound like much, until you imagine eight seconds strapped to a 2,000-pound bull with an attitude! It’s the original ‘extreme’ sport. Throughout the United States and Canada, in small rural towns and large urban cities, the spirit of the rodeo attracts millions of fans and participants from all over the world. For many, it’s a way of life and cultural norm; for others, it may be the most exciting spectacle of their lives.

“The Giant Sequoias” ” Sequoiadendron giganteum
Found at higher elevations along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada range in California, the oldest giant sequoias exceed 3,000 years in age and are perhaps the largest living things on Earth. To help preserve these amazing treasures for future generations, most of the massive groves are part of our National Parks or State Parks system and logging of giant sequoias is prohibited by law regardless of where they are found.

“Many Glacier Hotel”
The Great Northern Railroad built this historic hotel in 1915 to accommodate the many tourists passing through Glacier National Park. This chalet-style hotel boasts a true Swiss atmosphere from the alpine beauty that surrounds the building to the themed architecture and decor of the striking atrium lobby. The large, wrap-around lakeside balcony offers 180 degree views of Swiftcurrent Lake, surrounding rugged hillsides, three glaciers, and incredible serrated peaks. Many Glacier Hotel was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1976.

“Lake McDonald Lodge”
Nestled on Lake McDonald’s picturesque northeast shore, this historic Swiss-styled hunting lodge was built in 1914 by John Lewis. Its original name was the Lewis Glacier Hotel and was constructed to accommodate the many tourists passing through Glacier National Park; all of whom originally arrived by boat. Its rich history, beautiful grounds, breathtaking views and charming accommodations all help make the Lodge a must see during any park visit. The main lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 28, 1987.

“Old Faithful Geyser”
For well over a century, seeing Old Faithful erupt is one of the main highlights in Yellowstone National Park; home to almost 60% of the world’s geysers. Located within the park’s Upper Geyser Basin, this most famous landmark and the many other geothermal features of Yellowstone were the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide

Originally named in 1870 during the Washburn Expedition, Old Faithful is one of the most predictable geographical features on Earth; with a margin of error of 10 minutes, Old Faithful will erupt 65 minutes after an eruption lasting less than 2.5 minutes or 91 minutes after an eruption lasting more than 2.5 minutes. The geyser, as well as the nearby Old Faithful Inn, is part of the Old Faithful Historic District.

All images are from original watercolors, pen and ink illustrations or oil paintings from artist and Xplorer Maps co-founder, Chris Robitaille. See more of Chris’ work at WWW.ROBITAILLEPAINTINGS.COM.

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