A car camping/hiking trip to Glacier National Park was the highlight of summer. Daughter Emily was home with her friend Morgan (her first time camping in the West), and so a trip to the "Crown of the Continent" was a must. Glacier is just a few hours away and I wonder why we don't visit more often?
Some Bighorn Sheep here and there:
Mrs Rover and I on the trail to Virginia Falls:
Friends Brent and Karina Patch visited in July (for the Montana Folk Festival), and we made time for a float on the Big Hole River:
Here are the kids, Adler and Kenia, taking on some "whitewater:"
Water levels held up well until early August. After that, heavy water use for irrigation by ranchers and endless hot sunny days (we barely saw a cloud, let alone rain, in July and August!) seriously dewatered the Big Hole River. The fishing was excellent while it lasted, though:
After last year's dearth of backpacking, I made up for it this year. Some solo trips, but also an outstanding group trip to West Goat Peak, the highest mountain in the Pintler Wilderness. I had forgotten how much fun it could be to backpack with a large group of experienced outdoors folks, not to mention treats such as black rum--Koolaid-snow cocktails:
Plenty of music too, this summer, including a marvelous range of international talent at the Montana Folk Festival, ranging from a Portuguese Fada singer:
To Alaskan First People (Raven dance!):
And Vietnamese performers on traditional bamboo instruments:
We also enjoyed an evening of labor songs with the Almanac Trail Singers (and some local friends including Amanda Curtis):
At the Oktoberfest, there were local favorites such as Garret Smith (on tuba) and friends:
And the Red Mountain Band: