Over the weekend Danae and I flew to Seattle for a mini getaway. She had Monday off from school (teaching does come with its perks) for President’s Day, and it was the perfect escape to the cold Montana winter. During our stay, we checked out Pike Place Market, devoured lots of different food, plus we experienced our first Air BnB, our first Uber ride, and our first cannabis shop. Here are some of my favorite photos from the entire experience.
Yesterday Danae and I decided to drive down to Big Sky and check out the Big Sky Skijoring Association (BSSA) 2nd Annual Best in the West Showdown and what an incredible rush it was to be able to experience and photograph this fast paced sport. There were food trucks, music and loads of fun for the entire family.
The week prior was the Gallatin Valley Skijoring Association’s event in Gallatin Gateway, and we were there for that as well; unfortunately the weather was too warm which led a slushy track, making for less than ideal conditions for horses and racers. Not yesterday! The temperature was in the high teens and kept on dropping as the race went on. In fact, by the time we were leaving, it started to snow.
The entire day was split into three different categories: beginner, sport, and pro, and as you can imagine the speed and difficulty of the track increases with each category. We showed up right in the middle of the beginner event and saw almost the entire rest of the race.
This was the second time we had been to a skijoring race, last week in Gallatin Gateway being our first. Many of the participants from that race were here too; I imagine the skijoring community isn’t huge. Perhaps that has something to do with few people would be willing to subject themselves to being pulled by a horse, at high speed, while on skis.
We had such a fun time and experiencing events like this only add to my fascination for horses. Of course I brought my camera and took lots of photos. Here are some of my favorites; I hope you enjoy. Until next time!
Things are always more complicated than most people would care to admit. There are no easy answers to hard realities and no magic solution that will make everyone happy. Today was the Women’s March in Bozeman and hundreds of people of all ages and background took to the streets with signs advocating for women’s rights and the end to violence against women. I believe that those two things aren’t so complicated, specially the end to violence against women.
I did not know what to expect. However, I did want to understand more about how people are feeling about this and what it is that they are thinking about it. Going into situations like this, I do my best to become a fly on the wall; observing, documenting, and learning. I couldn’t help but notice the positive attitude in the people that were there, even though they were chanting things like “yes means yes; no means no”.
These are my favorite photos from the Women’s March. I believe in the betterment of all humanity; men, women, all races. It is when we come together and work together that the world moves forward. If you believe in something, whatever that is, speak up!
Every year, for the past 38 years, the streets of Downtown Bozeman shut down to vehicular traffic and people from all over the valley converge on Main Street for the lighting ceremony. Food vendors lined the sidewalks as people flooded the street looking for a good bite. Downtown businesses gave away snacks and warming beverages to lure Christmas shoppers into their stores.
This year was particularly warm, making it for an almost overwhelming turnout of people wanting to check out the reindeer and hot air balloon. Of course, I was out with my camera and here are my favorite photos from the Christmas Stroll.
It has been a fierce mid term season. Montana saw the President of the United States make four rally stops along the way of trying to hold on to control of the Senate and the House.
I was there on Saturday, November 3rd at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport for the event and my experience was a revelation. These are some of the photographs I took.
Spectacular panoramic vistas within a short 15 minute drive from the heart of Downtown Bozeman, is one of the top reasons why Triple Tree Trail is amongst Bozeman’s all-time favorite hikes.
To get to the trailhead from Main Street in Downtown Bozeman, just head south on Church until it turns into Sourdough Road. Keep heading south until you see the trailhead to your left, right after the turn for Triple Tree Road. Trail conditions are highly weather dependent. Prepare for heavy mud or snow on the trail after precipitation hits the valley.
Though the trail is highly trafficked throughout the year, be aware that wildlife encounters with black bears are not uncommon. Mountain Lions are know to roam around the area from time to time as well. In other words, it is a good idea to always bring bear spray with you when venturing on this trail.
The hike to get to the top of Triple Tree Trail is an easy 5 mile out and back hike. However, one can easily cut 2 miles from the hike by turning on Triple Tree Road just before the main trailhead, driving for half a mile and turning right on Limestone Meadows, and parking at the second trailhead.
Triple Tree Trail boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Bridgers, the Spanish Peaks, and the Tobacco Roots, making it an excellent choice for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers alike. Needless to say, this hike is one of the best ways to experience beautiful mountain sunsets in Bozeman.
Over the weekend Bridger Bowl hosted the annual Bridger Raptor Festival, a free event held every October focused on education and conservation. This is a great opportunity for kids and adults to learn about our local ecosystem. Here are my favorite photos; I hope you enjoy them.
The Bridger Raptor Festival is hosted by the Sacajawea Audubon Society, Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Bowl Foundation, Custer Gallatin National Forest, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, Montana Outdoor Science School, Yellowstone Forever, and Yellowstone National Park.
Yesterday, I had the chance to photograph the Westlake Dirt Jump Jam put on by Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA). SWMMBA is a local nonprofit, dedicated to building and the expansion of access to trail systems for mountain biking in Southwest Montana. The Dirt Jump Jam is one of the ways they raise money to help carry out their vision.
Bikers from all ages and skill levels showed up to enjoy some food, beer, music, and of course, dirt jumps. Here are some of my favorite shots from this event; I hope you enjoy them. To learn more about what SWMMBA is doing and get involved, visit their website or their Facebook Page.
Perhaps the most quintessential hike in Bozeman, the M hike takes the crown as the king of all of Bozeman’s trails because of its breathtaking vistas and heavy traffic during the summer months. The actual “M” is a landmark at the start of the Bridger Mountain Range, placed by MSU students back in 1915. Locals, students, trail runners, and dogs regularly enjoy this 3 mile hike from two different approaches, ranging from nice and mellow to short and steep.
Getting to the trailhead is an easy 10 minute drive from the heart of Downtown Bozeman; just head North on Rouse and that will eventually turn into Bridger Canyon Road. You can’t miss the parking lot to your left. The earlier in the morning or later in the evening you arrive, the better chances you will have of finding a good parking spot.
Because of its exposure to western sunlight, the M is one of the driest hikes from early spring, to late fall. During the winter months, it is highly recommended to bring clothing that will keep you comfortable during exposure.
To get to the landmark, you are met with the choice of a short but steep half mile 850 ft. ascent, or an easier and more graded 1.5 mile hike. Though bears and other wildlife do roam around during their more active months and bear spray is always a good idea to have with you, the M is one of the most trafficked trails in town so chances are you are never alone on the trail.
The M has some of the most stunning views in the valley, which is what makes it the trail of choice for lots of beginners and experienced adventurers alike.
Fall is finally here. Yesterday, the Bozeman Taproom shut down Mendenhall St., one of the busiest streets in downtown Bozeman, to put together their Oktoberfest this year. People were dressed for the occasion and came together to share sausages, pretzels, live music, and of course beer. It was an incredible time, packed with laughter, smiles, and great times. Fall on!