It’s been so warm these days that I have been reminiscing about the fun times I had this summer, so I wanted to share some of the adventures I had. Each year, about a dozen friends head to Montana for our annual summer vacay. After an arduous trip to Costco where literally three carloads of food is packed in, we head Northeast to the middle of nowhere. After we’ve deliberated where we’re all sleeping, we head on out to the dock and remain stationed there until it’s time to head home. Some read. Others waterski. My brother always drives the boat. Everyone drinks Fat Tire.
Options include kayaking, biking, hiking, fly fishing, swimming, cooking, star gazing and always an occasional game of Scattergories. We look forward to the trip and each year brings subtle differences (now we have child in tow) which make each year unique. I highly recommend the Hiawatha Trail where you bike (literally coast) down an old railway for pretty much 3 hours. If you ever have an opportunity to do this in your lifetime, do NOT pass this up. This summer’s highlight was a brief trip to see bison. I had heard that a neighbor (and by neighbor, I mean a 40 minute drive) had a small herd, and I just insisted that I go see for myself. I mean, how often does one see bison? While our trip was brief and the bison were, in fact, roaming right out of our range for the night, I was overwhelmed by their majestic stature. They seemed unbelievably timid yet strong, like warrior strong, ultimately making them the most human of animals I relate to. It was an honor to be in their presence. While it was also a trip where we pretty much parked the car, snapped a few photos and headed back to the cabin, this animal had a profound affect on me.
Here we are having a staring contest. I was imparting my infinite wisdom upon him while he was looking at me thinking he could probably take me out in one fell swoop. The American Prairie Foundation is making huge strides in returning our North American native prairies back to their original habitat. How cool would it be to go on a safari in the United States? One day this may be possible.