“It”

Short summers are a hallmark of living in Montana. What feels like yesterday’s wildflowers have given way to the golden hues of early autumn. This year’s summer season seems to have been especially short. Perhaps it’s due to the drawn-out cool wet spring that lasted into June. Or perhaps it’s due to home projects requiring …

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Backpacking Yellowstone’s Rivers and Thermals

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert August sun heated our skin each day as we hiked, carrying packs weighed down with 6 days of food. Nights chilled down, signifying an early notice of autumn’s impending arrival to Yellowstone, making me glad that I’d …

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Teton Crest Trail Magic

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller    It has been a summer of cutting firewood, house remodeling, hiking for work and play, backpack trips for work and for pleasure, and more.... Time has flown. August? Hard to believe. Time has gotten away from me in the blog world. I apologize …

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Ruminations on Bristlecone Pines and Wilderness

"I need solitude. I have come forth to this hill...to see the forms of the mountains on the horizon -- to behold and commune with something grander than man."          Henry David Thoreau I love returning to well-loved wild places; Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone are favorites that I revisit often even …

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Mindfully Loving Our Wild Lands

"It is on us--those of us who get 15 likes and those of us who get 15,000--to be conscientious about how and where we share information on the web about wild places."  Abbie Barronien A few days ago, friends and I skied the Tower/Chittenden Loop in Yellowstone National Park. It was a lovely day, cloudy …

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When Snow Calls….

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ....Wallace Stegner It snowed this week. Dropped everything. Dropped a town run. Dropped cleaning the house. Dropped laundry. Dropped making the bed. When snow calls, I ski. Skis. Boots. Poles. Thrown in the truck, there to …

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Yellowstone River: Strength Demands Strength

Wild rivers are earth's renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.               Richard Bangs & Christian Kallen, River Gods Day 3 on the Yellowstone River: The water was cold. Not as cold as I expected, but I didn’t …

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