It has been a very wet year, so lush green grass that is normally brown by this point in the summer has decorated our route. Many beautiful wildflowers coat the forests and meadows: there is the purple of the lupine and the fire weed, the white of the trillium and the columbine, the yellow of the daisies and the buttercups, the pink of the Indian paintbrush, and so many more whose names I do not know.
This past summer, Rachel and I took time off work for a trip to Big Sky country, with the highlight of the trip being 3 days in Glacier National Park. My siblings, Casey, Charity & Julie joined us, which was particularly exciting because Charity and Julie had never been to Montana. Also, Casey had never been there besides one trip in the winter and I had never been to Glacier before. We were excited for lots of first-time experiences!
My time here so far has been great fun! I’ve gotten lots of time with family and friends. I went on a few bike rides, including biking with my dad to work.
After the cyclocross race this morning, a relaxing afternoon was in store for Rachel & me. And being such a beautiful, sunny day, what better way to relax and enjoy the weather than by floating atop a body of water? We invited both my parents, but only got one bite. Since the kayaks were both claimed, my mom dusted the cobwebs off her old inflatable boat and we were a trio.
This is the only picture anyone took during the ride, and it was during the one section where we walked, because the road was too rough and it wasn’t worth risking flat tires. Fortunately it was only ~200yds long. Continue reading James’ Monster Ride