Thursday, July 7, 2011

Keeping Busy on Foot... Hiking Montana... While I Wait on The Bikers to Show Up...

Linkin' up got pushed off a day or so I guess... A lil' slow goin' north of the Border I guess... They should be arriving tomorrow I think...

In the meantime... rather then doin' my work... Like I should be :) and gettin' that next book finished... been wearing some rubber off boot soles.

Took about a five mile walk up to Morrell Falls yesterday and something around two and half miles around Clearwater Lake today... all on the Lolo National Forest.

The trail into the falls is a nice walk through some pretty thick forest... peering off into the woods... cringing at every lil' thump and bump...  knowin' for sure and for certain that every tree is hiding either a slavering pack of blood thirsty wolves... or a Grizz with a bad attitude...


... guess they ain't never run into an arthritic cowboy with a bad case of the... Don't Bother Me's! :)

The falls are exceedingly tough to photograph... What's supposed to be a double falls, has so much water comin' down this year, that you really have to look close to be able to see the space twixt the two... and there's so much spray... you can't keep a camera lens clear...


There was parts of the falls that maybe show the atmosphere up there a lil' better... If you just look at the small part...


All along the way, there's small lil' views... that a hiker needs to take time to see... they tend to get swallowed up by the more spectacular whole, all around you...


There's things most guys really don't want folks sayin' out in public... like... "He's got bugs." ... and to defend my reputation... I probably shouldn't be runnin' 'round... entertaining Butterflies...

*I Wonder if Mark and Bobbie Designed their hats as Butterfly Bait?*

This BUGger... got his portrait taken... then left... and came back for a second sitting... with me ordered "Don't Move!"... good thing butterfly wings don't BBQ like Buffalo Wings!

Today... we went a bit farther North... with both these trails being just outside the west boundry of "The Bob"... that being... The Bob Marshall Wilderness area.

Starting out downslope headed for Clearwater Lake, we went  through an area that would seem to deny the advisement I got a couple weeks ago that Beargrass is fairly rare...

*Beargrass above  Clearwater Lake in Montana*

There don't seem to be a shortage in Montana :) ... wonder if it's just less common where 'UpriverDavid' is at? Had this view, 360 degrees goin' through here...

The only problem we do seem to be havin' 'round here is violatin' the rule against feeding the wildlife... We just can't help it... They're so persistent!

But... as a result of that consistent violation of Federal regulations, they might just could find the empty husk of what used to be a somewhat noisy and opinionated, blogging cowboy biker... layin' out in the woods...

'cause the skeeters here are gonna drink me dry!!! :) Used 17 gallons of Bug repellent so far... have 29 more on order... If you're headed to this country this year... bring all you can haul! :)

But... you have to sacrifice to get to see some things... you just can't get these from down on the asphalt... or even up on the back road, dirt road... ya gotta git out'n walk! :)

*Fishermen on Clearwater Lake*

... and here's a nice one... Remember that first part on the Home page of the Main site?... Where I talk 'bout hearing the Loons in your camp? Well... those "Common Loons" aren't so common any more. Read somewhere that there are only 20 or 30 breeding pairs left in the whole of Montana! Didn't see a second... but here's one of those swimmers... maybe there's another, off tending a few Loon chicks somewhere...



Wish this feathered fish hunter would have let loose with a call while we walked past... That would have been awesome... You know you're in wild country when you see one of these... Suh-Wheet...

*Looking across Clearwater Lake toward the Bob Marshall Wilderness*

So... Here I am, waiting on a long bike ride to the Dakotas... Yet, I find myself torn... pulled in three different directions...

There's so much country like this to hold a fellas attention, to be walked in, and photographed... but calling for that same attention... are so many stories waiting to be written, rattling ever more noisily in my head (I hear voices!)  :)

... and 20 feet away, competing just as hard for attention, tucked under the nose of the fiver... sits an awesome motorcycle whispering to me... "oh brian... Oh Brian! Let's go split the wind!" :)

I feel like a split personality some days... so many hungers... and only so much me! :)

Ah well... It's a pretty nice Difficulty for a guy to be saddled with, don't you think?

Still in Montana... Going Three Directions at Once...
Brian

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1 comment:

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Wow... you got some drop dead gorgeous photos on your blog today!!!!

thanks for sharing=====

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