I seriously had the perfect Montana weekend. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
On Friday night, I went to Livingston to see a fly fishing film. I haven’t tried fly fishing yet but I can’t wait to learn this summer. I caught a few fish last spring/summer in creeks and ponds but I’m really looking forward to getting out onto the Gallatin River with a fly rod. The film was awesome and I would definitely recommend checking it out if the tour is stopping in your area. After the film, I met up with a few friends who I hadn’t seen in a few weeks which was wonderful.
I went to bed at a somewhat decent hour so I would be well rested on Saturday for Run To The Pub 10k. I walked downtown around 9:45am to grab a bus to the start. Temps were in the high 30s at the start and the sun ended up coming out during the race. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do because I had a pretty bad head cold last week but I ended up feeling just fine. I actually ended up beating my time from last year by 20 seconds. The only downside was that my favorite running buddy, Heather, wasn’t with me and I missed her terribly! I’m sure she was having a blast in Flagstaff though.
These lovely ladies came downtown to check out the race and the post-race festivities. Tumbleweeds made and appearance so obviously I got some well deserved pulled pork tacos. I heard that Cupcake Mountain was there with Guinness cupcakes but I forgot to grab one!
Gretchen came down to Bozeman on Saturday night since she was working at Bridger Bowl on Sunday. We spent the night eating an entire bag of doritos and watching a few episodes of Girls season 2 which was amazing and hilarious.
I was up bright and early on Sunday to get ready for a fun adventure at Hyalite. The plan was to XC ski a few miles in, hike up to champagne sherbet and climb it. It was a gorgeous day and we didn’t see a soul the entire time we were out.
I was a little nervous about the skiing since I haven’t been XC skiing since I was younger and I didn’t recall enjoying it all that much. It was actually pretty fun and I imagine it would be even more fun without a 25/30 pound backpack on. We skied as far as we could and when we couldn’t go any further we ditched the skis for our climbing boots and hiked up some crazy snowy terrain to get to the base of the climb. At one point I sunk into snow up to my waist – it was pretty crazy. We were completely exposed at the base of champagne sherbet and it was definitely a blustery day. Once we got all of our gear on, I belayed Scott while he led and put screws in. By the time he got to the top the conditions were getting to be pretty brutal. The temperature had dropped at least 10 degrees and the wind was out of control. I was absolutely freezing when I started the climb. Sadly, I didn’t make it the entire way up because it was getting difficult to see with snow flying in my face and I couldn’t feel my fingers and toes. It was still fun though!
We kept most of our gear on and headed back to the skis to sort the gear just so we could get out of the wind. We sorted the gear, got some water, had a bite to eat and headed back to the car on the skis. We got back into Bozeman around 5, showered and warmed up and then headed out to get some wings with Gretchen and one of her friends.
Great weekend! Unfortunately, I don’t think that next weekend will be as much fun since I will be working. I will be at Olympic National Park though so hopefully I will be able to squeeze in some time to explore.