Monday, May 30, 2011

Lessons Learned From Taking the Steep Path

We've had a few gorgeous days this spring where the sun has come out and the temperature is just perfect for hiking. On one of those days, we journeyed out to the M Trail eager to get out and experience adventure. Well, I had an experience alright. Little did I know that the guys would feel like tackling the steep trail. Fine, I see people jogging up that thing, but I'm barely in shape to walk it much less go at a decent hiking pace.

The steepness is not only hard on my ability to breathe, it also sets off my fear of heights or should I say falling. It's actually not too bad except in a few spots where the dirt trail turns into rock. Those stretches are extremely frustrating for me as I have a hard time getting my footing right. To my credit, I am still here, so I have yet to totally mess it up. Frankly, the steep trail is probably good for me because I've learned a thing or two hiking it. A) Complaining wastes breath and energy. That's very important. B) I need to get in better shape. This isn't the only steep passage in the Bozeman area, and I'd like to be in good enough shape to hike these paths with ease. I know I would enjoy hiking in these spots a lot more if I didn't spend most of those trips stopping to catch my breath and the other half of them huffing and puffing up a mountain. Oh, and I learned that even a mountain can be conquered - erosion for instance. On this day, I saw some spots that had been carved out by water. That actually gave me new insight and a perspective of sympathy. The hike was much easier after that.

Looking back on it, I have no regrets. In fact, I'm very grateful we took the more difficult way up the mountain. When we came down, we took the "easy" way. Yeah, the trail was still mucky and very slippery in a lot of spots. I actually began to wonder if it wouldn't have been better to take the steep way down, too. The best reward for taking the harder passage up - more insects.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Close to Home

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Here in Bozeman, the rain has hardly stopped all spring. I lucked out this Saturday. The clouds were out, the rain was not. Although it did spit snow for about five seconds while I was out walking on the trails by our house. Taking advantage of the break in the weather paid off for me, as I was able to capture the gorgeous landscape we are surrounded by everyday.

Sundays in My City - Keeping Score

Unknown Mami hosts Sundays in My City which gives us all a chance to show off our fair cities. Come by and show us your city, too!

My Sunday was not as petty as the title may seem. Unfortunately, it really doesn't involve any major sports, either. However, I did win a round of mini golf for the first time since we started playing as a family. Even better, I got the whole in one at the end. Usually you get a free game for that, but we'd just bought season passes, so all I got was bragging rights.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Lost Insect Post

This bunch of photos may also be a re-post. Either that, or I'm getting distracted and not finishing my posts. These are from about a month ago when we had a really nice day of sunshine. I went for a hike with my family up Sourdough Canyon and was delighted to find some insects emerging.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sundays in My City - Spring Has Arrived

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We spent most of our Sunday running errands - some quite unexpected. (Broke my glasses in half while cleaning them. Bummer.) Still, my husband and I managed to find time for a quick walk among the chaos. I found it to be quite relaxing. Of course, I was wondering why we don't do that more often. Check out what we saw along the way. Spring has finally arrived bringing an abundance of life along with it!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Daly Mansion

While in Missoula this past spring, we headed out to a local tourist attraction - The Daly Mansion. Unfortunately, the house was not open for the season, yet. Still, we were able to walk around the grounds and I took the opportunity to get some exterior shots. Fortunately for us, the weather was absolutely gorgeous the weekend we were there. I would like to go back sometime and tour the inside. My husband will have many opportunities to take classes in Missoula, so it shouldn't be too long before I can post some interior shots as well.

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Urban Art - Missoula Traffic Signal Boxes

I apologize if I'm repeating myself since I could swear that I have posted these traffic signal boxes before. I can't find them in my posts, now, so perhaps they got lost in the shuffle when Blogger reset.

In any case, I totally enjoyed seeing these traffic signal boxes turned art projects throughout Missoula during our visit this spring. The splashes of color were a welcome breath of fresh air in the midst of all the city traffic. If you would like to see more check out the following link:

Missoula Art Project Traffic Signal Boxes

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Nature's Ice Sculptures

This winter the frozen ice at the bottom of our water spouts formed some of the most equisite ice sculptures I've had the pleasure to photograph. Alas, though, all good things must come to an end as you can see from the last two pictures.

Monday, May 16, 2011

McDonald's and Wild Turkeys

This is the second time I've seen this pair of turkeys at this McDonald's. I'm presuming, of course, it's the same set. Probably a safe bet since McDonald's hasn't added turkey to their menu yet. I'm also presuming they are wild, but I don't know for sure. Perhaps they are someone's free ranging turkeys. Unfortunately, the name of the town escapes me, but I know we were in Wyoming at the time. If I see them again next year, I'll take better notes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sundays in My City - Sourdough Trail

On Friday, I went for a quick hike along Sourdough Trail. I was delighted to discover this blooming pussy willow had attracted a myriad of insects.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

Thursday's weather was simply gorgeous which meant I could not resist a trek out to one of my favorite hiking spots: Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. The sheer expanse of the area is one of the features I find so attractive. Everywhere I turn, I am greeted with a magnificent view of the surrounding area. Another reason I enjoy this area so much is the abundance of insect life. Not a whole lot was buzzing around this past Thursday, but I did not leave empty handed thanks to the surrounding landscape and the clouds in the sky.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Sundays in My City - Duck Antics

Each Sunday we all get a chance to show off the town we live in thanks to Unknown Mami who hosts Sundays in my City.

Here in Bozeman, we decided to take advantage of the spring like day and go out to Bozeman Pond to feed the ducks. I think we hit mating season. All I know is the mallards seemed to be fighting over this one duck. Swooping in on each other. Trying to herd her around. Keeping close tabs, making sure she didn't wander off with the other one. Even another duck got in on it chasing the object of the mallards' effections off at one point. A lot of good that did her. Seemed like pairs had finally been chosen as evening fell.

In the meantime, I got some good action shots.