Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Event horizon.

Go big or go home.

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Rites of May: a trip up Lolo Peak.

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Cooper loves Oliver. Oliver was a feisty bunny; luckily we only had him for two days.

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He got a new/used bike -- a Specialized Hotrock. His former Diamondback RM12 did not fit and weighed close to what my bike weighed. So we entered the realm of kids' bikes -- where decent ones cost as much as an adult bike. The Hotrock used was $155, and I think it will keep its resale value. I just wish it had quick release wheels.

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No one parties quite like Special Olympians.

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Nell Ranch, Paradise Valley.

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"The boundary beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman's terms, it is defined as "the point of no return", i.e., the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible."

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"I see the deers."

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I learned dandelions are not considered noxious weeds because cattle will still eat them.

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"49" = Park County, Montana.

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Absaroka Beartooth

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Repurposed sign not in a national park.

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The parts of Montana not at snowline or above are now bathed in this surreal Velvia green -- old-school Fuji film users will know what I mean by that.

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Crostini time on the ranch.

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Deep Creek bank-full at high flow -- weeks earlier than normal.

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It was Memorial Day in Montana, so of course it rained.

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Wilderness warriors.

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Finally, Pine Creek Falls.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tearing through the pages

Durbar Square, Kathmandu. October, 2002

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Durbar Square, 2015

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Sobering to think about the devastation of Kathmandu Durbar Square, which by most estimates has stood in some form since the mid-1500s. I'm glad we were able to spend more than a month in Kathmandu some years ago, and have often thought about returning. It's little consolation to say, At least we saw it -- though we can, unlike places like Samarra, Bamiyan, or Aleppo.

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It's been a while since I felt that good.

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Or had a beer this good.

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Or skied something that looked so good, yet was so bad.

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Early up!

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Make room for dessert.

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Girls.

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Ski tune.

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Pfft. Coloradoans.

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Nice views.

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Steep skinning.

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Good turns.

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Mother's Day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rites of passage.

The Bike Doctor on a Sunday morning.

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Easter Sunday at the Bowl.

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April showers.

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Egg hunting at the University of Montana.

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Looking at trash left behind by homeless people. (Or as they are now called, ‘people experiencing homelessness’.)

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My poor, poor skis.

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Lots of time spent on this trail, in these boots.

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East St. Mary on a break in the storm.

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I never had much regard for the Kenda tires which came stock on the Chariot, probably because the name makes them sound like cheap Chinese shit, but they actually performed admirably – up until last week, when they were finally replaced by tires with an even worse sounding Chinese name (‘Cheng Shin’, anyone?).

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The south couloir of Gray Wolf.

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The top is steep. I scraped in and side-slipped down, thinking after a few yards I could turn. But I never felt like I could get my ski around, and a fair bit of sluff was following me, so I ended up side-slipping the top 200 feet. At least I may have smoothed it out for the next guy.

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An airy perch.

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