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Posted: 11/02/09 04:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey everyone. Some really nice trip reports here lately - I figure I better post up our September trip before it's November. What, It's November already?!?!?! And we've only gotten in 54 nights in the TC so far (not counting when at the house, or nights in sleeping bags on the ground along the rivers.) I guess that's still not bad, but all the big trips are done for the year.

I'll post 3 or 4 sections of this, but keep it in the same thread. It may make it harder to come back and follow it with posts by others in the middle, but I think Brad and Silversand probably like having it as one thread rather than multiples.

I'll also apologize in advance for the somewhat poor quality of photos. I think the exposure setting got changed on my digital and I never noticed it until we got back home. Many of the photos have a white sky and washed out colors because of it. Oh well....

Our three main areas to visit this time were southwestern Montana, Flathead Lake, and Glacier National Park. Our friends have an Artic Fox 990 on a Ford F350, and they were pretty much along for the ride, not caring exactly what we did or where we went, as long as we did some fishing on Flathead Lake. They pulled their boat, and we pulled the flatbed trailer with our 4 dirt bikes.

Preface: I spent most all of my summers growing up in southwestern Montana where my dad taught field geology every summer (for about 38 years.) So when we head up that way we always try to stop in and see how things are going. Last year (summer 08) we placed a memorial bench for him as he had passed away the prior summer (07.) We had a family trip up there to put in the bench, and spread his ashes on a nearby peak that summer of 08, and I never posted any pictures of that trip as (primarily) it was a bit too emotional for me. So this summer we went by again as a first stop on the trip.

This section will cover from home (Denver area) to Missoula.

We pretty much blasted straight up I-25 to I-90 then west, starting Friday night after work. In fact, the ladies drove our friends rig, and I picked up my friend at DIA directly back from a business trip....so he started out the trip in a suit and tie riding shotgun in our rig - until we met up with the ladies north on I-25 and switched out and he could change.

Following the friends, near Buffalo Wyoming:
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Crossing the Pryor Valley/River nearly to Billings:
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Along the water it's like an oasis.....
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Someday I WILL take a canoe down the Yellowstone River:
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Rest area along I-90
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Looking south at the Tobacco Root Mountains, where I spent my summers growing up:
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S. Boulder River....I remember tubing down this as a kid:
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Taking off immediately on the first ride:
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Sailer Lake:
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McGovern Flats....(dang, this photo just doesn't do it justice!)
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The bench.....(where'd our arms go?)
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Furthur back. This building was Army surplus and put in around around 1950 and functions as the primary eating, meeting, and studying spots for the future geologists:
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Going through the box and starting to mount my buddies' downriggers for fishing deep....
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My dog used to walk across the bars of these cattleguards without falling in - always thought that was pretty impressive.
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Back in the day, this was a big tree. After decades of being hit by lightning it gradually has been dieing and was down to one limb, maybe 10 years ago? Now it's just a stump..... The memories of this area are very deep for me. We used to camp up here and check out the stars, and the lights of Bozeman 40 or so miles away. Looking souteast towards the Madison Range - Lone Mtn. (Big Sky) in background to the left of the stump.

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I always thought this was one of the coolest old cabins around, a (seemingly) rare 2-story:
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Uh-oh. First accident of the trip. My wife stepped off the step of an old parked dump truck we were looking at, right into a praire dog hole. You'd think with all the practice of getting out of our truck she'd have it down...
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Another shot of the field station:
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Looking the other way:
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A zoom of the mountain you can see from the bench, upon which we spread my dad's ashes:
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Our last morning ride. Yes, that is a flat tire on my bike....so the ride was cut a bit short. But this is a beautiful spot:
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At the hospital in Butte, yep, a small break of the end of the fibula:
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Running a bit late due to the hospital visit and the flat tire, we stopped in Missoula and stayed at an RV park....Jellystone Park or something silly. But it had what we needed for the night. Even managed to tune in the Rockies vs. SF game which was a big series as the Rockies made their stretch run to the playoffs. It was the last night of satellite signal as every night afterwards was deep in trees, until on our way home.
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Until next post - hope you enjoyed them.


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Posted: 11/02/09 05:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Until next post - hope you enjoyed them.

Sure did --I gotta get to Montana some day (soon).


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Posted: 11/02/09 05:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking forward to more. That ankle sure looks nasty...hope she's back on (both) her feet!


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Nice trip, bad break on the leg. Hope all is back to normal now.


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Posted: 11/02/09 06:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a fine spot you picked for your dad. Great pics. so far keep them coming...........

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Very nice!!!! Thanks!!!

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Posted: 11/02/09 06:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great post and nice pictures. Where we were raised sure brings back memories of camping and fishing and just floating down a river or creek. Thanks for the write up, looking forward to the next part. Hope all is OK with your wife and hope it did not slow her down to much or ruin her vacation.
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Posted: 11/02/09 06:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BTG,

Thanks for the last gasp of summer. I'm feeling pretty melancholy about it being over, and I guess I'm going to have to live vicariously through the pics of others till next spring.

Your trip looks great, except of course for the busted leg. And honestly your pictures look alright to me. They sure beat looking at the brown grass in my backyard!


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Thanks for the great pics and ride a-long. The only way I get to see the west for a while yet is to through these trip reports so greatly appreciate them. Looking forward to the next set.


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Posted: 11/02/09 08:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Brian.
Glad you two are back safe and ready to share, before the skiing really starts. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your recent trip back home to Montana, but even more, sharing about your dad.

Can't wait to see more of your series and that broken leg all healed too.

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