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My planned group hike on Sunday didn't go as planned.

I was supposed to hike into an alpine lake in the Rattlesnake Wilderness with my husband, son and one of our employees. Thereís no trail to the lake and 10 minutes into the hike, I knew I couldnít make in. It was raining, there were downed trees by the hundreds that I could not scale for even the short two miles as the crow flies. I sent the guys in without me and I went back to the trail head feeling really dejected. I walked up the hill overlooking the trailhead to take in the view and saw a trail that was behind a Forest Service locked gate. I grabbed my backpack and started in. What the hell? Itís better than feeling sad in the truck all day.

It was 7 miles to where the trail ended because of downed trees...I ate my lunch at that spot before I hiked the 7 miles back. I saw western tanagers, blue birds, red tails and a big black bear. Iím not gonna lie...I was really happy that bear was black and not a grizzly. Iím in decent shape but couldnít outrun a griz. I posted the pic below of a log that the black bear crossed just before I did. Crazy!

It ended up being a glorious day. I made it back to the truck just 10 minutes before the guys did. They said their hike was hell. Mine was amazing and Iím grateful for the day.







My little garden buddy today.

Pine Siskins have settled in to my feeders this past week. I stopped putting out oil seed in an effort to keep out the house sparrows and BAM! In came the Pine Siskins, nuthatches, chickadees and Evening Grosbeaks. It's been really fun. The Pine Siskins will let me get really close to them...they don't seem fearful at all.


A River Runs Through It.

The Clark Fork at sunset. Spring runoff is high and the river is rocking!

I just got my 16 year old son his first Pfizer vaccine!

He just turned 16 on Motherís Day. The vaccine clinic was fast, friendly and efficient. We ran into a few other families that we know who were also getting their kiddos vaxxed as well. Owen (my son) can have a relatively normal summer after his second shot. Iíve been hesitant to even let him apply for jobs without being vaccinated. I feel such relief!

Montana gains second US house seat.


For my fellow citizens of Big Sky Country, I see this as a blessing or a curse. Representation is wonderful if youíre represented. From my vantage point in Missoula, I feel overrun with people from other places...our home prices are insane, we have a labor shortage and wages are low in general. I worry about the influx of folks from places with politics far more conservative that what Iím used to in blue Missoula. I hope this is good news but in the current Daines/Gianforte environment, I am skeptical.

Where are you all with this news?

First Iris of spring: Beloved osprey returns to Missoula

As an inspiration to hardworking senior citizens everywhere, Iris the osprey is back in town and looking for love.

The photogenic fish hawk triggered her nest camera above Missoula College River Campus at 8:06:48 a.m. Wednesday. She migrated north from her wintering grounds ó most likely 2,000 miles away along the Gulf of Mexico.

ďSheís now the oldest known living osprey in the world,Ē said University of Montana biologist Erick Greene, whoís been studying osprey for decades.

ďWe put that platform up 14 years ago, and she was nesting on some power lines by the Missoula College for many years before that," Greene added. "Osprey donít start breeding until theyíre 4 or 5 years old. We estimate sheís probably about 24 years old.Ē

On a side note...Iris the osprey nests at the mouth of Hellgate Canyon on the east side of Missoula. Hellgate is known for the howling winds that come out the canyon. Iris is indeed a badass.

Hellgate Osprey live cam: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/hellgate-ospreys/

more at: https://missoulian.com/news/local/first-iris-of-spring-beloved-osprey-returns-to-missoula/article_53541eb1-372d-5d15-ba46-c60182c172e2.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Montana thug governor tests positive for Covid.

I guess I should feel badly about this but I donít.


I got the J&J vaccine today!

Iím so excited. I wasnít supposed to get mine until phase 2. However, my sister in law is a pharmacist and she called and said they had a no-show for the J&J vaccine...and if I could get to her within 20 minutes, I could have it. I know people are sick of hearing about vaccines...but Iíve got no one else to share it with and Iím just thrilled.

I went ice fishing today with my kiddo.

My son is 15 and has always loved fishing but this winter, ice fishing seems to have really grabbed his interest. Weíve been collecting equipment...a hut, a battery operated ice auger, some new rods and a sled to haul it all. We didnít catch anything today but we learned how to use all the stuff. It was fun! Iím grateful for the hut because the wind just howled today. Oh...and I saw my first ever wild river otter. WOW! I am so tired tonight...but what a good day.

Happy Fluffy Butt Friday!

My girls found a patch of ground with no snow and we enjoyed a few minutes together talking about it.



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