My parents came from Montana to celebrate Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time together, and were blessed with the most absolutely gorgeous weather-sunshine and blue skies for miles.
The man. The myth. The legend.
Behold, the Lib Tech Doughboy.
6’7″ of creamy nougat center packed with peanuts.
*Spoken like Randy “Macho Man” Savage would.
It’s always nice to get back to Montana in the fall to visit family, do some fishing, work on the farm, and explore some new areas of The Last Best Place.
Ch-Paa-Qn Peak, Salish for “gray, treeless mountain top”, is one of those mountains that can be seen throughout the Mission Valley when looking south due to its height (7,996 ft) and its relative isolation from any other larger peaks. I’ve been staring at the mountain for nearly as long as I can remember and thinking to myself that one day I am going to climb it.
I used to think I could just drive up North Valley Creek Road until the road stopped and start hiking. You probably CAN do that but the route through Ninemile is a much better road and very clearly marked.
Although it was a bit overcast the day my uncle and I hiked and the views were a bit muted, it was still an awesome day and I will definitely be back on a clear day to soak in the 360 degree views of God’s country.
If you go:
My brother and I recently hiked to one of my favorite spots in the Mission Mountains, Ashley Lakes. The lakes are located within the grizzly bear conservation area which closes each year during the summer to allow the bears to fatten-up on lady bugs and cutworm moths. The area reopens in October and this was the first time that either of us had hiked to the lakes in the fall.
In true Todd fashion, he didn’t bring a fishing pole on the hike but did manage to find a somewhat functional pole (with a lure!) leaning against a tree. Needless to say, he outfished me (yet again).
We said that we would go swimming if we each caught a fish…
Ever since that fateful day in 1995 when I sold my Gnu Lil Black Bas snowboard I have been searching high and low for another one.
And guess what? He’s finally back home where he belongs.
*1993/1994 Gnu Lil Black Bas 162cm, 1994 Burton 3D Freestyle bindings, and 1994(?) Airwalk Freeride snowboard boots. My original setup from back in the day.