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Text Box: Summer 2001, Bob Marshall Wilderness.  A welcome respite to stay 2 nights in the same place.  The only time we did that.  We rinsed laundry in the river, took showers with a portable solar unit and had good food.  The view isn’t bad either!

Text Box: “A Lake in The Bob Marshall”

Text Box: A view from the trail.  Not much of a drop-off here but, there are plenty of places that you wouldn’t reach for a camera or let go of your reins!  Plenty of other gorgeous scenery but most of it’s in my mind and heart, not on the diggie camera or used as a screen saver.

Text Box: “The Chinese Wall”

Text Box: Always wanted to go and see it.  Now I can say, “Been there, done that. Would do it again.”  A wonderous geological formation that formed eons ago on the spine of the Rocky Mountains.  The main reason I went to The Bob Marshall Wilderness.  One of many reasons to go back.

Text Box: “A River Runs Through It”

Text Box: Many rivers actually.  The face of Western Montana is covered with creeks and rivers and much is designated as Wilderness Areas, where nothing mechanized is allowed.  Ride it on horseback or hoof it.  Your choice.  But why would you want to walk when you can ride in style and comfort?

Text Box: “A Lake, a Creek and a Waterfall”

Text Box: Another spot in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, one where it’s safe to reach for your camera.  Peaceful and quiet but we had to press on.  We covered so much territory that it was lunch in the saddle every day.  Boy, did it feel good to stop at night & roll out that sleeping bag...

Text Box: “Movin’ on Down the Trail”

Text Box: Riding at the tail end of a string of 14 horses and mules sure kicked up some dust.  We had 7 riders and 7 pack mules.  The summer of 2001 was particularly dry.  Even though we took turns riding drag, now I really know what it was like to drive cattle in the old days.  A soak in the hot tub was heaven!

“Approaching Holland Lake”

Text Box: “Approaching Holland Lake”

“Approaching Holland Lake”

Text Box: Steep trail, lots of switchbacks and drop offs in very rocky terrain.  You’ve got to have a good horse under you.  Once you get your camera out, you keep it out, hanging around your wrist so you don’t have to try to fumble for it.  A long, long day in the saddle when it’s 20 miles as the crow flies — and maybe 40 up and down if you were a snake!

Text Box: “Almost Home”

Text Box: One of my favorite shots of the Bob Marshall.  Approaching the Seeley-Swan Valley on the Western side.  Trip of a lifetime.  You tenderfoots out there are guaranteed to get saddle sores and feel stiff for a week afterwards — but it’s good for the Soul.

Text Box: “The Glow”

Text Box: The view from my kitchen window,  looking up Mill Canyon, taken November 2003.  The old Cottonwood trees frame a surreal glow from the sun breaking through the clouds on it’s way West towards setting.

Text Box: “Frosty Morning”

Text Box: Taken around 1998, in the Bitterroot Valley.  A cold snap caught the rancher off guard.  He left the irrigation water running in the wheel-line.  No third cutting of alfalfa that year on top of burst pipes!  Ouch.  Pretty though, don’t you think?

Text Box: “The Trail To St. Mary’s Peak”

Text Box: Looking to the South, along the Bitterroot Mountains.  

Text Box: “Buddies”

Text Box: Gai Pariss and Sabu, on top of St. Mary’s at 9,400 feet, 1999.   Little Sabu, 7 pounds of muscle and testosterone in poodle form, negotiated the trail by himself.  Once we got to the top of the peak, I put him in the saddle for the photo.  He did decide to ride partway down. 

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Text Box: “The River At Murphy Flats”