Summer 2004

Features

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Sinay, Ken
"while wateing for the canoes to arrive I killed an otter which sunk to the bottom on being shot, a circumstance unususal with that anamal. The water was about 8 feet deep yet so clear that I could see it at the bottom; I swam in an obtained it by diving." [Meriwether Lewis July 22, 1805]Such did... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
A look at Quake Lake.A salty fisherman, staggering to another haunt, pauses mid-weave. Cocking his head to the side, a puzzled eyebrow raised, he listens to the sudden lapping of waves rolling through the wharf to caress the broken shore of Puget Sound .In Banff, Alberta, a honeymooning couple part... Details
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England, Mike
Peering into the surging, superheated water of Ojo Caliente, the rising steam brings an acrid, sulfurous stench to our nostrils. We grimace in unison. The intensely alkaline water looks as inhospitable as it smells—this is no place for an impromptu hot-tubbing session. But as bleak and sterile as... Details
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Swink, Bradley
We’re barreling down Interstate 191 in a third-hand Chevy Suburban; the mountains, like shuffled cards, pass by indiscriminately. There’s no fire of which to speak, nor are we being chased; this is Montana, by God, and we’re going fishing. Greg Bricker, the 31-year old wheelman and soon-to-be-... Details
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Ault, Megan
We drove past the bicycle motocross (BMX) track on the way to the grocery store. I saw mounds of dirt, choking summer dust, and a white, paint-chipped shack overlooking what I assumed to be a few trouble-making boys who had nothing better to do than endlessly cruise the track on their bikes. My... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
The Gallatin Valley is renowned for its happy marriage of wide-open space and breathtaking mountain terrain. From immaculate pastel sunrises to towering dreamscapes bathed in silver moonlight, the valley offers perspectives and reflection that calm the cluttered mind and speak softly to the... Details

Departments

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Roots, Alex
With only 150 year-round residents, Virginia City, the county seat of nearby Madison County, is the least-populated county seat in the State of Montana, barely edging out the 188 fine citizens of Winnett in presumably godforsaken Petroleum County. On any given day during the off-season—when the... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
Summertime is the time to be outside, and what better way to soak up some warm sunshine than at one of our fine selection of outdoor eateries? With nearly a dozen open-air choices, you're sure to find one with that magic combination of food, atmosphere, and service that'll keep you coming back, day... Details
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England, Mike
There’s a saying in the magazine business: three to breathe, five you’re alive. We’re not sure exactly what “alive” means, but we do know that this issue marks exactly five years of Outside Bozeman—12 issues and counting. Last year we moved from two issues per year to four, allowing us to have an... Details
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Hirsch, Randi
Existing is a game of eternal compromise, reevaluation, and modifications. Once in a while, a person comes across something that fits his or her life perfectly. For me, living in my truck was finding a square hole for a square peg.While spending the summer under a topper in the bed of my Ford... Details
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Demetriades, Don
We’d done it. Our team ran all the way from Headwaters State Park near Three Forks to Hellroaring Creek in the Centennial Valley—235 miles through spectacular Southwest Montana country. It took three days of running as a rag-tag group of serious and not-so-serious runners, and now, we soaked our... Details
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Wolfe, Chaundera
Ever wonder what life was like for Bozeman-area homesteaders in the 1800s? The Museum of the Rockies has taken painstaking efforts to keep the memory of our geographic forbears alive, by recreating a realistic portrait of the Gallatin Valley’s early days. In 1989, the museum relocated and restored... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
This summer, when the mercury rises and another float down the tepid Lower Madison River sounds anything but refreshing, one might consider loading up the family for a day at Montana’s first state park. Tucked back into the limestone cliffs that overlook the beautiful Jefferson River sit two dark... Details
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Doe, John (real name withheld to pr
I was enjoying an evening bike ride with my dog, Kirby. Along the way, the trail ran between two ponds and we stopped to watch a large beaver swim around. I was surprised at how close he came to us—I could even see his eyes.We continued on up the trail. Eventually we hit a dead end and turned... Details

Additional Articles

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Dehmer, Kurt
Since the founding of The International Federation of Fly Fishers in 1960, the annual International Fly Fishing Fair has become the must-attend event for fly fisher folk around the world. This year’s 39th anniversary show promises to be one of the best in Federation history.IFFF has chosen West... Details
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Ault, Megan
July 10, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Depot Rotary Park in Livingston, MontanaSustainability is…a vision and a journey that promotes environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and community well being. Sustainability is achieved through the choices we make every day.If you’ve ever worried about the... Details
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Kristof, Debbie
The Bozeman area offers numerous summer recreation activities, including the opportunity to spend these long summer evenings tossing around a Frisbee with a bunch of Bozos. I’m speaking, of course, of Bozeman’s Ultimate team, the Bozos. In brief, the object of this team sport is to advance the disc... Details
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Regan, Michael
No one can say for sure what day the Gallatin River was born. But that doesn’t mean we can’t throw it a party every year.After all, the Gallatin River provides us with priceless beauty, world-class recreational opportunities, essential habitat for native species, and economic development every day... Details
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Orem, Tina
Everyone's heard that obesity will soon become America's largest health threat and that two-thirds of us are overweight or obese. Now we know that urban sprawl is part of the problem: In September 2003, the University of Maryland published the first national study directly linking sprawl to obesity... Details
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Soule, Brian
Anyone interested in education, the outdoors, and volunteering can combine all three this summer with the local chapter of the Sierra Club. The following activities are open to anyone interested:June 12th—annual workday on Lava Lake trail. Help saw downfall, clean out water bars, and place brush in... Details
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Hurlbut, Brian
Each summer area residents and visitors head to Big Sky for the annual Music in the Mountains outdoor concert series, which has featured top-notch national entertainment on the Meadow Village Pavilion stage every year since 1989. Presented by the non-profit Big Sky Association for the Arts (BSAA),... Details

Columns

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Center, Dean
Bill Johnson just wanted to get his life back on track. After the tremendous high of winning Olympic Gold in the Downhill at Sarajevo, his personal life became a mess. He decided to go back to the beginning, back to the place where he'd felt successful- going maniacally fast on snow. In 2000, at... Details
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Kayser, Mitch
The long days of summer are here for us to enjoy... but what to do? Well, load up the car with your camping gear and get out there is what I say. Enjoy Montana for what it is, an outdoor person's paradise. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of camping or just a newbie to the entire process, spending... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
Early summer in Southwest Montana is typically striped with muddy, raging rivers full of the melted snows of winter. Most anglers this time of year seek out tailwater fisheries and lakes. The-stout of-heart, however, know that trout still have to eat, and that they often seek shelter near the... Details
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Manning, Jim
Whether you’re a saddle-weary cowpoke or a wilderness adventurer, there seems to be one gastronomical truth about the Western mythos of outdoor living: at the end of a long, hard day on the range, the ridge, or the river, no Western campfire would seem complete without its coffee pot, ready to take... Details

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