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Category Archives: Hiking
Originally posted on Off the Beaten Path: Hikes, Backpacks, and Travels:
I’m standing on the edge of the Blitzen River, watching – and being watched by – a pair of Northern Harriers. I think they must have a nest nearby,…
Sounds impressive, eh? Surely The Montana Bird Project has the sponsorship of the Nature Conservancy or Audubon. It even sounds like there are concurrent projects going on in every state, all leading up to a whiz-bang finish: The … Continue reading
I’m clinging to a sandstone fin, a hundred feet above Coyote Gulch. Stuck. Can’t go up, can’t go down, should be able to creep sideways, but that would involve looking down, and I don’t think that’s a good idea. Well. … Continue reading
If you’d told me twenty years ago that my 61 year old self would even think about spending six days backpacking in grizzly country, I’d have laughed you out of the room. Wasn’t gonna happen. I wouldn’t even consider … Continue reading
I’m trudging up the steep trail to Curly Lake, thinking – somewhat crabbily – about the Montana Hiking guide’s description of Curly Lake as “not unduly spectacular.” I haven’t been there, and right about now I’m wondering why we chose … Continue reading
Yep. Bigfoot. Just check out the Montana Road and Recreation Atlas. I’m not making this up. So get out there and look for him! After Bigfoot hunting, head to the west side of the park to the Polebridge Mercantile … Continue reading
My coffee cup has had a good life. And it ain’t done yet.
Blowing snow, blowing wind….freezing my tush off. Springtime in Yellowstone. A ghostly coyote wanders through the blowing snow. I don’t imagine he’s too impressed with the weather, either. The trade off, of course, is an empty park. And … Continue reading
Cacti have spines. I know that. I mean, it’s really pretty obvious. What I didn’t know until too late is that some cacti have really tiny spines: so tiny that you don’t notice them. It would have helped to know … Continue reading