Holland Lake

Oct 28th 2009 — Montana — 11:23 pm

We spent last weekend at a forest service cabin near Holland Lake, about halfway between Missoula and Glacier National Park in the Swan Valley.

Saturday we did a 12 mile out and back hike to Upper Holland Lake. The hike had about 2000 feet of elevation gain, which ended up being the difference between fall and winter.

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The Mount Vernon Dredge

Oct 22nd 2009 — Ghost Towns,Montana — 10:49 pm

The Mount Vernon Dredge is an old mining relic located in Nevada City at a history of mining museum. It is a massive structure, kind of reminds me of a brontosaurus when I think about it.

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Virginia City and Nevada City

Oct 21st 2009 — Ghost Towns — 7:14 pm

Remnants of the gold rush.

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The Madison Range

Oct 17th 2009 — Montana — 7:55 pm

Or “Why We Took the Long Way Home, Part 1”

The Madison Range The Madison Range Lone Peak

Yellowstone: Black Sand Basin

Oct 15th 2009 — Yellowstone — 8:24 am

Black Sand Basin Black Sand Basin Sunset Lake Black Sand Basin Black Sand Basin Emerald Pool Emerald Pool Cliff Geyser Black Sand Basin Sign

Yellowstone: West Thumb Geyser Basin

Oct 14th 2009 — Yellowstone — 12:03 pm

This was my first visit to West Thumb Geyser Basin near Yellowstone Lake in the southeast corner of the park.

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Yellowstone Canyon, Cascade Lake, and Mammoth Hot Springs

Oct 13th 2009 — Yellowstone — 9:03 am

Our second day we drove over the the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and walked over to Inspiration Point on the north rim. The road was closed and we had the place all to ourselves.

We also did a 5 mile out and back to Cascade Lake, where we saw a couple of mellow looking bison hanging out under a tree.

In the evening we ended up checking out the geothermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs. I hadn’t been there all summer and it was interesting to see how the area changed.

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Yellowstone October

Oct 12th 2009 — Yellowstone — 10:40 am

Hilary and I just got back from a weekend trip to Yellowstone. Cold weather finally hit Montana and everything was looking rather wintery.

Our first evening we ended walking around Norris Geyser Basin as darkness set in. In the low light the rising steam from the geothermal features combined with the barren landscape made for a surreal experience.

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Blodgett Canyon Climbing: Drip Buttress

Oct 8th 2009 — Blodgett Canyon,Climbing,Montana — 12:25 am

On Tuesday my friend Steve and I did a 5-pitch climb up the Original Route on the Drip Buttress in Blodgett Canyon. It is 3 pitches of 5.9 followed by two of 5.8. We had some awesome weather for October in Montana, sunny all day and the windiest part was at the base of the climb.

It was definitely a long day, taking us about 3 hours to walk off the route once we had finished climbing and get back to the car. I am really sore now but it was well worth it.

Drip Buttress and the Prow The Prow Start 4th Pitch Steve Top of 4th Pitch Self Portrait Steve Top Me-Top Walk-Off

Missoula, Montana

Oct 5th 2009 — Missoula — 11:20 pm

From a walk earlier this evening.

Tree Car Silo Hyundai Yard Mt. Sentinel

Biking to Stevensville

Oct 4th 2009 — Biking,Missoula,Montana — 1:47 pm

From Wikipedia

Stevensville is officially recognized as the first permanent settlement in the state of Montana. Forty-eight years before Montana became the nation’s 41st state, Stevensville was settled by Jesuit Missionaries at the request of the Bitter Root Salish Indians.

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An Asheville Evening

Oct 1st 2009 — Asheville — 9:17 am

A few more pictures of Asheville that I took one evening over the summer.

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