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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 5:04pm Anonymous

A wallet-friendly weekend escape.

For the nature-loving Bozemanite, winter in Yellowstone is a must. Where else can you see loping wolves, lumbering bison, and other thick-coated mammals wandering amid a big white wonderland? Throw in a few steaming hot springs and the quietude of the Park's pristine wilderness, and you've got a world-class staycation just an hour's drive from downtown Bozeman. Here's the best part: if you know where to go, you can get a taste of this amazing place without breaking the bank. Here's a two-day, fun-filled itinerary, courtesy of your frugal friends at O/B.

Yellowstone Winter, Gardiner Montana, Soda Butte Creek
Just one reason to visit: views like this.

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Monday, December 19, 2016 - 11:26am Rebecca Alwine

On your next winter camping trip.

Children can add an extra element of consideration and work when camping. But using the experience to teach them to be self-sufficient will pay off big time. There are several ways children can pull their own weight on a camping trip this winter, and one is cooking. 

Advance food preparation is a big help when planning meals for a camping trip, and your child's role doesn't have to end there. Of course not all ages can be working over a grill or campfire, but they can certainly prepare and serve meals, making your camping trip a little more enjoyable.

Winter Camping, Bozeman, Montana
Good eatin' leads to good sleepin'.

So, grab these ingredients, a bunch of aluminum foil, and get your children cooking.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:24pm Anonymous

Springs around Bozeman.

Soaking in hot springs, aka “hot-potting,” is a universal and timeless pleasure. Nothing beats the sensation of slipping into slightly stinging water, only to feel comfy and tranquil seconds later. Whether you’ve had a long day tracking wapiti, been at the office too long, or just have an afternoon off, these are the best spots in which to soak your bones.

Chico Hot Springs, Montana Hot Springs

Lap of Luxury
For those into a well-developed, plush backdrop, check out these commercial pools for a luxurious soak. 

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Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:15am Carolyn Hopper

An outing with the Yellowstone Association.

The thunder-train raced along on its track of lightning, throwing hail-like bits of white coal from its furnace. Aspen quivered. Chipmunks took cover. The stellar jay chattered and huddled in the branches of the old Doug fir while water washed in beads off its back. All 14 members of our Yellowstone Association class, “Beauty & Science of Autumn,” waited on the bus for the storm to pass. Autumn storms may be short, but they’re also violent—no sense in setting up scopes and cameras to look for mountain goats, just to have our equipment get drenched in this cell of electrified weather.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 4:19pm Chris McCarthy

Debriefing the Ridge Run.

It’s been over a month since I completed my third Bridger Ridge Run. As you can probably surmise from my not-so-quick final blog, I didn't reach my goal. I could roll out with a bunch of excuses, but, after a thorough self-evaluation, I know the reason why I failed. Here’s a quick rundown of my mistakes:

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:01pm David Tucker

Making the most of fall.

With snow over Labor Day weekend, we're reminded that fall can be short around these parts. With that said, here are some can't-miss activities to try before Old Man winter comes calling for real.

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Monday, August 1, 2016 - 12:16pm Anonymous

River brews for the dog days. 

When floating the river in Montana, you need two things: watercraft and beer. (On occasion, a bathing suit as well.) Once you know where you’re going and how you’ll get there, shift your focus to beverages. Here are some tips to think about the next time you find yourself scratching your head in the booze aisle.

Floating, River, Beer, Summer, Outside Bozeman, Multisport
"Come on in – the water's fine."

First, think of your company. Who will be joining on this water excursion? If you’re hitting the water with a convoy of college crusaders, PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) is hard to beat. It’s a staple river beer, and for good reason – the Milwaukee classic comes in 24-packs at a cheap price and is only 144 calories with a low 4.74% ABV. If you need numbers, look no further. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 9:46am Chris McCarthy

Lessons from the Jim Bridger Run.

At the end of June, I raced in the Jim Bridger Trail Run. This was my second year in a row and a great test to see how my new Ridge Run training program with Swiss Fit Montana was working out. The run starts at the Sypes trailhead, runs across private land and up the Middle Cottonwood trail, and then back to Sypes. In all, it's 10 miles with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain—nothing to sneeze at.

As I prepared for the race, my goal was to improve on my 1:52 mark from the previous year. At the start, I was strong and felt I was hitting my stride as we got on the Middle Cottonwood trail. It was about three miles in when doubt started creeping in.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 3:03pm Lilly Brogger

Basic equine safety.

One of the prettiest ways to see Montana is from the back of a horse – there's time to take in the views, stop and relax, and cover lots of ground without loud motors. With summer trail-riding upon us, and hunting season coming up, it’s extremely important to put safety first. Now, full disclosure: I'm not a trainer or expert, but I have spent the majority of my life on horseback, cowboying and starting colts. I've seen some hellacious wrecks and been in a few myself. I know how things can become dangerous in an instant. These are some basic tips for staying safe.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:17am Chris McCarthy

Ridge-Run training the third time around. 

“This is not what I envisioned,”  I thought, lying on my back with both legs cramped, unable to move. It was near the end of my second Bridger Ridge Run in as many years, and after tripping over a mouse-sized rock descending from Baldy, I was doing my best impression of a turtle on its back.

The year before, I’d learned a lot and finished in a time that I was proud of. This go around, I figured experience and some training tweaks would put me well on my way to a better time. But things don't always work out as planned.

Bridger Ridge Run, Bozeman, Montana
With terrain like this, you need a plan.


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