Fall colors everywhere

It’s fall in the woods

the dock safely back on the lake; to be put in service again

winding down

After a fun and hot summer we can’t wait for things to cool off and the season to wind down. Here are a few pictures of the mostly water related activities of this summer…

the future hostel when it was still part of McFarland's in Big Prairie

a bit of history

The North Fork Hostel & Inn has a lot more than dorm rooms available. Ranging from an entire homestead ($85/night, up to 6 people), to a White Tipi complete with a double bed ($50/night), the North Folk Hostel strives to provide a rustic feel with a modern twist of electricity and lighting. And whatever accommodations you choose, make sure to find some time to explore the many adventures Montana has…

Philipp getting off the bike!

Going-to-the-sun IV

Another great ride up the sun road that last weekend in May. I dragged Philipp from Germany along. He had fun getting out of the cleats when we stopped ūüôā No Bears, Bighorns or Marmots along the road during this ride but we saw a Mama Black Bear with her three cubs on our way back on the Camas Road.

Looking across the Lake

Numa Lookout

Really a cold breeze up by the lookout but a beautiful early hike this year. Only a little bit of snow left.        

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GTTSR The Third

This time around I almost didn’t make it to Oberlin Bend, where the plows were parked: one of my chain links broke just below Haystack Butte. I was looking at the prospect of limping my trusted Tourmallet back, not worried about the downhill but I had parked way back at Lake McDonald Lodge ūüôĀ As it happens first guy I asked for a chain breaker had one along and the…

Plowing Equipment on Going-to-the-sun road

GTTSR #2

Another great weekend for riding the Going-to-the-sun road. Besides Glacier Lilies this¬†time around we saw Trilliums, Spring Beauties, Paintbrushes and lots of varieties of violets. Three Bighorn Rams crossed the road just above the Weeping Wall, heading up, where else? Photos of the equipment, Clements Moutain and looking north up into the McDonald Valley and over Flattop Mountain. Rotary Plow on the sun roadLooking north on the sun road, Vulture,…

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It makes me weep

all the way to the weeping wall, which wasn’t weeping at all. Can’t help it but Going-to-the-sun road is probably the best bike ride around. Glacier Lilies are out, a small brown black bear was feeding alongside the road just below the tunnel by the loop and likeminded people all around riding¬†their bikes. I busted my rear derailleur on my mountain bike during the last ride to Bowman Lake so…

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First bike ride up to Bowman Lake

there is still some snow cover on the road, especially in the shaded sections past the ’88 burn but the riding is fast and fun, most of it has dried up already!

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Big Prairie in the spring

Bluebirds, Killdeer, Redtails, gobs of elk and deer, that’s big prairie this time of year. You can see Rainbow rising back to the left