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27
Dec
09

Buck’s T-4 Annual Christmas Party

Recently, Buck’s T-4 helped celebrate the holidays with our annual community Christmas party. Like years past the event was a big hit. It was a good chance for Buck’s kitchen to showcase some of their delicious and mouthwatering creations. Guests were able to sample some of the delectable treats off Buck’s  newly launched pub menu, like the Cajun Pork Chop Sammie. Those were a quick favorite and disappeared straight away. And the house made bison and pork sausages that came fresh off the grill were quick to follow suit.

Here is just a taste of the other bites offered at the party, I caution those with an empty stomach to not read on:  Oysters Rockerfeller, freshly carved roast beef served on warm pita bread with sheep dip, in house smoked salmon served with marinated cucumber on five spice flat bread, fried Szechwan mushroom wontons, roast vegetable pizza, a sampling of fine cheeses and much much more. For those with a sweet tooth we had trays of  creamy chocolate mint brownies, lemon curd tarts, eggnog custard tarts (my favorite), pecan tarts  and a selection of everyone’s favorite Christmas cookies.

And no event at Buck’s T-4 would be complete with out a taste of our award winning wine list and selection of local beers. The Christmas party was no exception with a variety of reds, white and a rose all available to be sampled as well as Lone Peak Brewery’s Nordic Blond and Steep N Deep Winter Ale draft beers.

The night was a good indicator of the busy winter season that lies ahead. All of us at Buck’s T-4 are really looking forward to having you join us in our dining rooms or lodging this winter. If you haven’t made it down to Buck’s for dinner yet or are still thinking about where to vacation this winter, come and see us. You won’ be disappointed!

And from all of us at Buck’s T-4 have a very merry Christmas!!!

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15
Apr
09

Ski Season Ends in Big Sky

 

 
 

 

It’s sad to say, but the 08/09 ski season has come to an end. As I sat in the free skier parking lot Saturday night, huddled around a campfire, surrounded by campers, a white ski bus and tons of fellow skier friends I chatted on camera about the passing season. “Overall it was a great year; it started out strong with snowfall, we experienced a couple deep freezes, spring-like conditions and then charged back into winter full speed at the end. We ended strong with great coverage and undeniably great skiing.” Everybody agreed, this season was yet another magnificent memory in Big Sky, Montana.

The end of ski season brings costumes, parties and events at every ski area. Saturday Big Sky featured its annual pond skim, which was the best yet. Ski legend Glenn Plake even showed up to show off a little of his mastery through the ponds with a clever Lincoln loop. After the pond skim, the crowd retreated to the plaza to hear “The Lobbyists” a popular local Big Sky band.

Closing day was quieter, but even more beautiful than the day before. It was a perfect blue-bird day with warm conditions and ideal spring skiing. Friends, Scott Smith, Amy Knollenberg, Blaine Ballard and I retreated to the Lost (Lone) Lakes Cirque on the back side of Lone Mountain. This area is backcountry and is accessible through a backcountry gate at the peak of Lone Mountain on Moonlight Basin’s property. The cirque is a collection of chutes, many with mandatory air, tight constrictions and exigent lines that make even the most accomplished skiers think twice. We chose one of the less demanding chutes and made first tracks. Once at the bottom, we looked out in amazement at the stunning view set against the deep blue backdrop. We hiked up and over the forest service wall that borders the backcountry and Moonlight Basin’s North Summit Snowfield run-out. After several photos, ooh’s and ahh’s we headed straight to the Timbers for their famous Nachos and $2 beer specials. We sat on the deck in the warm sun and listened to Scott play N.W.A’s classic “Straight Outta Compton” softly on an acoustic guitar while singing the lyrics in a mellow tone. There was no better way to spend Easter Sunday than worshipping the great outdoors in the great sanctuary called Lost Lakes, and listening to fine hymns such as “Straight Outta Compton”.

Although I am greatly saddened to see winter come to an end, as it is my “raison d’être”, I can be comforted by such things as; greatly reduced prices on ski equipment (I have a pair of 183 Volkl Katanas on the way), backcountry skiing (it’s dumping snow as I write this) and vacation time (I haven’t been home to see my family in Michigan for over 2 years). And although I am a dedicated worshipper of Ullr, I do like summer. In a couple of months we will be barbequing on the back deck, hiking, rafting in high water, mountain biking, climbing and camping.

Buck’s is an ideal place to spend the summer and I am lucky enough to work there. Buck’s is ideal for weddings, functions and events. We offer cuisine in our Main Dining Room which is beyond comparison, and the best deal in town on a Wednesday night in our Pub; $10 Steak Night. Buck’s is centrally located for all summer activities including whitewater rafting (Geyser Whitewater in on-site), hiking, golf and mountain biking. I am lucky enough to leave work and still have hours of daylight to enjoy many of the area’s treasures right out our back door here at Buck’s.

I invite all of you to spend some time with us this summer at Buck’s T-4. Buck’s offers affordable lodging. And all room rates include a hot breakfast buffet to get you started for the day. The activities are endless and the views are extraordinary. Buck’s is only 100 yards off the river where “A River Runs Through It” was filmed.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Montana is the last best place on earth. Come see us at Buck’s T-4, we’d love to meet you and show you some of our authentic Montana hospitality.

With love as pure as newly fallen snow (which is currently in progress as we experience a late winter storm here),

Erin

 

 

31
Mar
09

Keeping me in check!!!

Erin enjoys some turns in the trees Sunday.

Erin enjoys some turns in the trees Sunday.

As I sit here on this Monday in March and I try to recount all the highlights of last week only one thing comes to my mind. Powder. I almost feel guilty spending another Monday evening at my desk unfolding the days filled with first tram rides, epic powder days, face-shot turns and a the oodles of fun we had on the mountain all week. The 4th Annual Headwaters Spring Run-off Big Mountain competition at Moonlight was nothing less than extraordinary to watch. It snowed all week and every day brought legendary skiing. But I hesitate because eventually reading about this subject must become boring for some of you. So I sit debating on what to speak about when the past week has been one of the best skiing weeks all year, and Sunday must have been the deepest day of the year yet!

But just so I don’t make all of you flat-landers sneer in jealousy, non-belief or contempt; let me tell you a story about the trials and tribulations of a powder day.

Saturday night I dragged myself into bed and set my alarm knowing that it was going to be a big powder day Sunday, and that meant and early morning for me with aspirations of catching first chair at Big Sky. Let me preface this by saying, I have never been a morning person. I greatly admire all you early morning risers, who enjoy several cups of coffee, the newspaper and a healthy breakfast before work. I marvel at those who enjoy the sunrise. It is one of the most awe-inspiring sights, because I rarely ever see it. Even as a child my mother would sometimes have to drop cold water on me to invoke consciousness (generally around noon). My mornings usually consist of a painful awakening by my alarm just before 9 a.m., I fight myself rabidly applying every logical argument to rise, and my body fights back with extreme lethargy. Once risen, there are no showers (those are reserved for the night prior), there is also no breakfast, not even coffee. There is definitely no time for reading a newspaper. Instead I fumble through the clean clothes (or gently used pile) and find an outfit that I hope matches. But quite frankly at the un-godly hour of 10:00 a.m., who cares?

But when the snow falls my unadulterated excitement wakes me before the alarm which wakes me at 6:55 a.m. I leaped from my bed, dressed in my ski clothes and hurried out the door and caught the same friendly ski shop manager on his way to work. Once again I hitched a ride on his tailgate and was in line at 7:35 a.m. Goodness gracious I do love the early morning! Once I secured my place in line next to the other two early morning “regulars”. We chatted for the next hour and half until there was seventy people lined up behind us. We were deep into a discussion on Michael Jackson as the second hand moved steadily towards nine o’clock. I watched the lift operator like a hawk as he picked up the phone and spoke to somebody (presumably ski patrol) at the top of the lift. I could hear my own heartbeat. Slowly he lowered the phone to the receiver and looked slowly up to me. Eye contact was made. He blinked slowly and barely moved his head an inch. There was my sign! I dashed forward just as the chair came around and it blocked the other three men who were still debating the great artworks and bizarre atrocities of Michael Jackson. I looked back at their puzzled expressions and the lift operator chuckled at them. Yes, first chair on the biggest powder day of the year, had just been snaked from them by a girl. The quad scooped me up, and I had a leisurely ride up solo with three empty spaces. I laughed evilly to myself. “Whooo ha ha ha ha ha.”

Needless to say I won the race from the top of the Swift Current lift to the triple. I was very pleased with myself. I reveled quietly in my gratification. I gave myself several mental high-fives.

We loaded the triple a short while later, but this time I had the same two men with me that had met me at 7:35 a.m. As we unloaded we dashed in a tuck towards the tram. (Now, you must understand, there is no reason for me to even hurry at this point, I know I will be in first tram.) But the greed got to me. Suddenly a normally dormant streak of competitiveness rose in my blood as I stared at the back of my friend Ted. “I must get there first” I thought. My nose crinkled and my eyes became little slits of intensity. I lowered into a smaller tuck and gained speed, I started to pass him on his right side and just as I thought I was almost around him….

….I struck a thick, dense pile of snow and double ejected out of my skis into momentous forward somersaults. All the speed I had gained took me farther and farther away from my skis, which were still sitting uphill from me. I jumped off the ground and ran towards my skis; I grabbed the first one and then dug out the second. I set them in the snow and fumbled trying to put them on. The snow was too deep. My foot refused to click into the binding. Finally I realized I had to reset the binding. I vigorously picked up the ski as several other skiers passed. One after another, the tram line was filling and I was stupidly standing in the snow trying to fix my binding. I heard one skier yell as he passed “That is at least a one tram penalty.” It was actually a 2 tram penalty. When I finally entered the line the crowd cheered, partially because I had finally made it, and partially to revel in my defeat after being the only person on first chair that morning.

I re-learned a very important lesson; don’t get too greedy. This morning, I caught first chair for a great powder day, but I allowed the rest of the boys to come with me, I raced (and fell) but humbly and still made third triple chair and first tram…

I hope that you got some enjoyment out of this story, I promise not to gloat too much about the incredible skiing we experience here at Big Sky and Moonlight. You must promise to visit us out here, and experience it yourself. Looks like this upcoming week will be another great opportunity, check out the weather forecast below!

Respectfully yours,

Erin

Events for 3/31 – 4/6

Tuesday 3/31 – $3 bottled beers and $3 cocktails at Buck’s T-4.

Wednesday 4/1 – $10 Steak Night at Buck’s T-4. Don’t miss this weekly event; it is the best deal in town. 8 0z. Sirloin steak cooked to order, salad, steamed vegetables and a baked potato for only $10!

Saturday 4/4 – Ramcharger lift at Big Sky stays open until 5 p.m.

Saturday 4/4 & Sunday 4/5 – Military Appreciation and Educators Appreciation week at Big Sky Resort. Call (406) 995-5000 for details.

Monday 4/6 – The FREE ski week for Big Sky Frequent Sky card holders, mid-week pass holders and 15X pass holders begins!

Weather

Tues 3/31: Snow. (high 30)

Wed 4/1: Snow. (high 29)

Thurs 4/2: Snow. (high 35)

Fri 4/3: Snow. (high 29)

Sat 4/4: Snow. (high 31)

Sun 4/5: Partly Cloudy. (high 31)

Mon 4/6: Partly Cloudy. (high 37)

24
Dec
08

BIG SNOW IN BIG SKY!!!

Big Sky, Montana has the best snow regionally. Almost all of Big Sky resort’s lifts are up and running, including the famous Lone Peak Tram which brings skiers to the summit of Lone Peak at 11,166 feet. Skiers have the choice to ski down world class expert terrain, which is skiing fantastic right now, or they can ride back down the tram after experiencing once-in-a-lifetime views. Big Sky and Moonlight Basin have a wide variety of fun groomers and cruiser runs for those not wanting to “show off” their extreme skiing skills.

We have had several powder days so far making the 08-09 winter season start with a bang! Apparently Mother Nature hasn’t heard that this is a year of “meager spending”. Mother Nature has been more than generous with the heaps of snow she has delivered to us, here in Big Sky, MT.

The other day I began by day early with a piping hot cup of coffee in the Mountain Mall. I sauntered up to the Swift Current lift and gained my position for first chair. There is nothing quite like first chair on a powder day. Despite the cold spell we have been having, it was particularly warm that day, another charitable gift from Mother Nature. Once the tram opened and I skied down Marx. This run is the most perfect run for a powder day, it nice and steep at the top and then mellows as it widens. To be the first skier down Marx on a powder day is truly an un-matched experience. Typically this run has a small rock band at the top, which is easy to maneuver around, however with this year’s fantastic snow condition the rock band is barely visible. The locals are all amazed how incredibly well the mountain is covered so early in the season.

I went up the tram again, and decided to take Lenin down this time around. Lenin is very similar to Marx, but I can tell you it may have been even better than the first run of the day. Especially towards the bottom of the run, the snow was piled high and the wind groomed base below was smooth. This allowed for ideal ski conditions the whole way down. What a fabulous experience. I was giddy with delight and I sped onto the duck walk and headed back for more.

The lower mountain was also fantastic, I noticed many people exploring lines through the glades and reappearing with ear to ear smiles.

There is big snow in Big Sky! I highly recommend that you come and visit us this winter. Times may be tight, but nothing puts a smile on somebody’s face like skiing the most fantastic mountain in the country. If you want to save a few bucks, book a reservation at Buck’s T-4 (www.buckst4.com or 1-888-822-4484) in Big Sky. All rooms include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. There are two large hot tubs to warm up in after a day on the slopes, a large game room and two fantastic restaurants. Call and let them know Erin sent you!

Also, January 2, 2009 “On the One” will play a live show at Buck’s T-4 in Big Sky. This will definitely be one of the best shows in Big Sky this winter. “On the One” is a well known funk, jazz and hip hop band. Tickets are only $10 and are available at Cactus Records in Bozeman, Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big Sky, the Conoco Station in Big Sky or the Smoke N Wino in Big Sky. There is a complimentary shuttle after the show to take you home, or you can book a room at Buck’s T-4 for a special discounted rate.

I hope to see you all on the lifts, enjoying some play time in the powder and at the “On the One” show.

All yours until it snows again,

Erin

 

02
Dec
08

Lifts Open at Big Sky – Buck’s T-4 offers KILLER Deals!

Welcome back to the Buck’s Blog. I am happy to be back writing about the Big Sky area and everything going on around here. Since the month of December brings so many events, I will try to keep my chatter to a minimum.

Big Sky Resort opened the Swift Current and Explorer lifts November 27 on Thanksgiving Day. Early season conditions exist, but that didn’t stop all the local skiers. Everybody seemed overjoyed to be back on the mountain skiing and seeing friends again. Lift tickets are $39.

I decided to take advantage of the backcountry on Thursday. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I couldn’t pass up an invitation to ski Beehive Basin with some friends. We headed out early when the thermometer read only 11 degrees. It didn’t take long for the sun to warm the earth and before I knew it I was stripped down to just my thermal shirt and snow pants. We had about a 2 hour skin up to the top of the ridge between Beehive and Middle Basin. We took a fantastic run through what felt like mid-winter powder snow into Middle Basin. Then hiked back up to ski a couloir that lead us back into Beehive. We certainly earned our Thanksgiving dinners that night. I could not have asked for a more spectacular holiday.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday I skied Big Sky Resort. It was wonderful to talk to everybody on the lifts and in the bar about the skiing. I can’t tell you that I was skiing the best powder of my life, but I was having almost as much fun. The whole mountain seemed to buzz with ecstatic skiers and snowboarders just happy to be back on snow.

The free week for Big Sky Frequent Sky Card holders began Sunday, November 30 and will go through Saturday December 6, 2008. Buck’s T-4 offers $99/night for single or double occupancy for all Big Sky Frequent Sky Card holders. So if any of you don’t feel like driving back to Bozeman, Livingston, Butte, Gardiner, Bismark or any of the other surrounding areas, we invite you to be our guest! Also all winter long any Big Sky Resort lift ticket holder receives a 15% discount on lodging here at Buck’s.

Don’t feel left out if you are a Moonlight Basin skier. Moonlight Basin is scheduled to open December 12, 2008. Buck’s offers fantastic ski & stay packages for Moonlight, as low as $79 per night per person.

Here is my ‘dirtbag skier tip of the day’; If you are a college student log onto www.buckst4.comand check out some student discounts offered for both lodging and food for you at Buck’s. If you are a MSU student (or even if you are a student elsewhere) get a hold of that MSU Pocket Guide and clip the coupons for DIRT CHEAP DEALS!!!

December holds so many events in Big Sky. I personally am looking forward to attending a wine tasting with gourmet hors d’oeuvres this Friday at Buck’s. It’s only $15 per person and is a screaming deal for 6 wines paired with elegant food.

Also on Friday, December 5 it is $20 day at Big Sky Resort. This is the cheapest day to ski all season long!

The ever so popular Madrigal Dinner will be held at Buck’s on December 8, 2008. This is a holiday tradition in Big Sky. The MSU choir sings, there is a fantastic plated dinner, wasail toast and more. This is one of the more elegant events happening this December.

One of my favorite Christmas events is the Christmas Stroll around BIg Sky. Local businesses offer spectacular deal, there are activities for kids, and a beer stroll for adults. It is a great time to meet and greet friends and neighbors. I even heard a rumor that Santa will be there!!!!

Also the Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday ball, the Boots and Belles Ball is December 13, 2008. This is a fantastic event that proves to be even better this year. Not only will there be the buffet dinner which features dishes from many local restaurants, but ’10 Foot Tall and 80 Proof’ will be playing. I can’t wait to dance by boots right off my feet! The Boots and Belles Ball will be held at Buck’s T-4.

The Buck’s T-4 Community Holiday Party is December 16, 2008. This is a fabulous event, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and tons of Big Sky locals. I got a sneak peak at the menu and I have to tell you it looks delectable. I can’t wait. Every year is so much fun seeing friends I haven’t seen since last winter. The best part is the free food!

December 20 Big Sky Resort has a rail jam called R.U.S.T.

Buck’s T-4 offers a $99/night rate (single or double occupancy) for anybody attending any special events in Big Sky through the month of December. All the events are listed on our website www.buckst4.com

Sorry to sound so much like a marketing girl! 😉 But I just had to let everybody know what is going on this month in Big Sky.

Think snow! I will see you on the slopes.

18
Aug
08

Wedding Bliss

Nashan Photography

Nashan Photography

Nashan Photography

Nashan Photography

 

Why get married in Big Sky? Why not get married in Big Sky is more the question. A couple of friends from Chicago, IL chose Big Sky as their wedding location and destination vacation for over eighty guests, who stayed anywhere from three days to over a week. I joined the party for three days over the wedding weekend, and I will never forget the fun we had.

The weekend kicked off Thursday night, when everybody met for drinks and a new bar in town called Choppers. This new establishment is ideal in Big Sky, since we are such a popular motorcycle destination being right off highway 191, a famous scenic drive. In fact Buck’s T-4 is right on highway 191 and only 100 yards from the impressive beauty that is the Gallatin River, which the highway follows. The Gallatin River is the location in which the movie ‘A River Runs Through It’ was filmed.

I led three men up to Lava Lake, which sits above highway 191 accessible only by a three mile trail that leads directly to an alpine lake surrounded by towering green mountains. The hike is six miles total (three up, and three down) and has an elevation gain of about 1,600 feet. The trail can be accomplished by almost anyone; you must navigate your way around some rocks on the trail. The first two thirds of the hike is through dense lodge pole forest, and then you come upon a bridge that leads over a tumbling creek with small waterfalls. The last third of the hike you find yourself among aspen trees and thimble berries. Once at the top, the men jumped off cliffs into the refreshing mountain lake. We swam, laughed and took pictures. I hope that it was an experience they won’t forget.

I can guarantee that the walk (or full out sprint) on the way down is definitely an experience they won’t forget. As we started our descent back to the trailhead the Montana skies clouded up and not only did rain drench us, but for about one minute we were hailed on. The rain continued our entire descent; I laughed, hooted and hollered as we came down. Once back in the car we were all smiles, joking and recounting our experience. It was good to see that everybody was in good spirits and enjoyed the storm. One man commented that it is so invigorating to be able to face a situation that was not a controlled environment, but a pure act of nature and all its unpredictability. They say if you don’t like the weather in Montana, wait 5 minutes, it will change.

That night after we warmed up in the hot tub, we went to Buck’s T-4 for dinner. We had Dungeness crab cakes to start and each ordered something different so we could trade food and try as much as the luscious cuisine Buck’s has to offer. I had the New Zealand Red Deer, one of the most famous and oldest menu items. Other dishes ordered were the Wild Game Composition (quail, elk and bison short ribs), the Bison Tenderloin and the Pancetta Wrapped Pheasant Breast in a mushroom fideo. We chose a Washington Syrah and a California Red Zinfandel to compliment all the meals. Everybody was exceptionally pleased with the meal, and impressed with our menu at Buck’s. We left full and happy.

The following day, many of the eighty out of town guests went whitewater rafting with Geyser Whitewater, on property at Buck’s T-4.

After rafting I met a couple men who had rented mountain bikes from Geyser and we went to Porcupine (just a mile south of Buck’s T-4) and went for a mountain bike ride. Mountain biking is extremely physical, and can be very muddy. It was certainly both this day. Both men impressed me with their dedication to the steep climbs up the hill, and the wildly amusing downhill sections. We returned to the car covered in mud, but our white smiles shined through. I was pleased to hear their exhilaration and they seemed to take great delight in getting utterly filthy.

That night we headed to an elegant wedding under the beautiful Montana skies, thunderheads loomed and threatened in the distance, and three extraordinary rainbows shone brightly in the blue sky. Montana has a wonder all its own, fiery sunsets against grey and purple layered mountains, brilliant rainbows, and the surreal sky with thunderheads and blue sky together all looking down on golden fields and green mountains. I have travelled many places but few ever match the vivid majesty of Montana. I am so glad that this bride and groom chose our beautiful location for their lifeline commitment to one another. I can think of no better place for such a sacred vow.

FYI – Buck’s T-4 is a popular location for weddings, and other events. Buck’s can accommodate groups any size from 10 to 200 people and we have outstanding catering services.

It’s been real,

Erin

12
Aug
08

Summer fun

What is summer in Big Sky like? Heavenly, to say the least. There are not words to describe the gorgeous sunsets I’ve witnessed this weekend. Friday evening I headed down to Buck’s T-4 to treat myself with a little Montana surf & turf for dinner. On my way down the mountain I caught a glimpse of the sky behind me. The sky looked as if it was on fire, bright, fantastic colors beamed from behind the silhouetted mountains. I pulled over and got outside to watch for a few minutes with awe and great appreciation for the dumbfounding views I am so privileged to witness.

My dinner was also amazing, which included a pan seared elk chop cooked to order perfectly, sautéed lobster with peppers, tomatoes and roasted garlic and a saffron Serrano ham orzo. The bartender suggested a wine pairing of Crios malbec that complimented the food extraordinarily well.

Saturday was a scorcher so I headed to the pool, rested and sun-bathed surrounded by spectacular mountain views.

Sunday was a busy day; I started out by heading to the Big Sky Resort on my mountain bike. From the base area I rode up a trail on Lone Mountain called ‘middle road’, it is a gradual climb, but at over 7500 feet, it certainly gets the lungs working and the heart pumping. The trail will eventually bring you to the top of Andesite Mountain, or you can choose to ride a fun single track through the woods and splendor on the way down. I chose to be adventurous and ride the single track. What an incredible ride, twisting around turns, over rocks and through wildflower patches. As usual there was a wildlife spotting on the ride; I saw a doe resting in the sun on a ski run enjoying the spectacular summer day.

After the mountain biking, I jumped back in the pool to cool off. I cooked a deer steak for lunch and then headed down to Geyser Whitewater (on property next to Buck’s T-4) where I met some friends and our trusty guide and friend Bob. Bob has been guiding whitewater trips since the beginning of time and I was excited to do the Gallatin River like I have never done it before….Bobber style!

Five of us gals jumped into Sweet Pea (Bob’s boat) in an afternoon shower, as soon as we hit the water the sun came out and the surrounding mountains sparkled. The Gallatin river flows through a canyon with high reaching mountains on both sides, spectacular cliff wall and it is home to much wildlife including a small doe we saw posed on the shore of the river as we floated by. The view was astounding as the sun glistened across the water, and the foliaged framed the river and Spanish Peaks stood tall and strong in the background.

The float trip was full of fun and jokes, I am pretty sure my stomach muscles are sore from laughing so hard. Bob has legendary stories from all his years of experience guiding whitewater. A couple of the girls on our trip were new to rafting and were tickled with excitement at every bend in the river. We hooted and howled when each drop of refreshing mountain river water touched our skin. We snickered at the ones that got drenched and waited for our turn as others poked fun at us back. Bob took us through lines in the river I had never experienced and with the ease of a seasoned professional. He had us tied in knots with thrill.

The girls thanked the Bobber with a bottle of every river guides favorite juice; Maker’s Mark and made him a home cooked meal. (Always tip your guide.) Now that’s good old Montana hospitality.

As I headed back home, I noticed yet another breathe-taking sunset, pink, red and gray clouds darting out over green Montana fields with the mountains lining the horizon. Once again, I had to pull over and savor the moment. One thing I try never to do is take this grand state and all its’ wonder for granted.

All good all the time,

Erin




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