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Coyote, Sunset
All about the coyote. “A wolf!” someone shouted, pointing. Binoculars and monster camera lenses jockeyed at the Hayden Valley lookout. “No, it’s only a coyote.” The group sighed.  Coyotes are not quite wolves, are they? But for more than half a century, this worked in their favor. Renowned for their sense of humor, coyotes had the last laugh, as...
Steak, Beef,
Sampling southwest Montana's beef. A place is defined by its food. Someone said that somewhere, right? Sounds good, and I think it’s true—at least partly. In an effort to prove the saying right, I went looking for Montana’s quintessential food item, beef. In order to find an unadulterated Montana experience, I chose to avoid the big city all...
Avex 3Sixty Pour
Nothing beats hot coffee, especially on a crisp mountain morning. But all too often, after, I go to drown my work-day sorrows in a hot cup o’ joe and it’s stone cold. Not anymore, as the 3Sixty Pour Thermos from Avex has changed all that. Unlike most thermoses, the 3Sixty actually keeps the coffee—or tea, soup, or chili—hot. And I’m not talking...



Aug 27th
Location: Gallatin County Regional Park Time: 66-mile and 100-mile rides start at 7am; 33-mile and 44-mile rides start at 8am Cost: $45 for Gallatin Valley Bike Club members; $60 for non-members; $25 for kids Details: Celebrate the end of summer with a two-wheeled sufferfest across three of southwest Montana's most iconic rivers. There are...
Aug 24th, Aug 27th, Aug 31st
Location: Bozeman Running Company, 126 E. Main Time: 6pm Wednesdays; 8am Saturdays Cost: FREE Details: Get active and stay motivated with twice-weekly group runs hosted by Run Bozeman. Details here.  
Aug 27th
Location: Hyalite Canyon Time: 8am Cost: FREE Details: A bucket-list hike for any resident of southwest Montana, the path to Hyalite Peak passes over a dozen waterfalls as it makes its way up Hyalite Creek to Hyalite Lake. This is a summer must-do. Details here.  


The yin and yang of fly fishing. A few months ago, I posted a grip-and-grin selfie with a spunky little rainbow I caught near Livingston. It was the last day of a 14-day trip, an excursion that forced me to ask myself if I really enjoy fly fishing. Or has it become a life-consuming obsession filled with hours of confidence-crushing refusals,...
Building a DIY cook stove. An ingenious little camp stove that doesn’t cost a dime? Sign me up. Using a few simple materials, you can build a fuel-efficient “rocket stove”—an updated version of the tin can “hobo stove” used by generations of wanderers, survivalists, and backwoods campers. Note the L-shaped design, which makes this a "rocket" There...
Backpacking the Beartooth's Beaten Path. Think a beaten path is for newbies and the unimaginative? Think again and meet the Beaten Path of Yellowstone country. “It’s a popular trail because it’s a beautiful trail,” says the USFS officer during a pre-hike visit to the Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge. Although, he quickly reminds me, “popular...

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