Monday, May 28, 2012

Winter's Last Hurrah (I hope)

Spring in Montana is like anywhere else with rain, green returning to the landscape, and warmer weather.  Except when it is like winter.  The last 72 hours the ground has been blanketed with snow.  Snow that has not fallen since early April.  People say Montana always saves up one last burst of winter for late May/early June.  It came a couple of days ago.

Here is a little progression of the last couple days.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Red Rocks

After living any place for a while your backyard is something you take for granted.  At Mountain Sky it is no different.  Yellowstone, fly fishing on blue ribbon trout streams, climbing peaks, and exploring waterfalls easily capture your imagination while leaving day hikes that start from your doorstep to simmer in the back of your mind.

Yesterday I decided to take advantage of the surrounding environs and do a popular ranch hike I had previously neglected to do: Red Rocks, a 6.5 mile loop heading up a small creek and returning on the top of the creek's canyon.

The first photo is looking up Lewis Creek while the second is on the return trip looking down it.

Highlights included an aggressive garter snake, tons of moose scat and tracks but no moose, and some early spring wildflowers. The area around the creek is shaded, overgrown, and marshy-super moosey territory in other words.  Despite the constant signs, there were no moose, which is just as well.