Livingston 365: 01 October 2009

When I heard about Lynn Weaver’s photo-a-day project for Livingston, MT I begged her to let me participate.

Her photos on the site are stellar, very inspiring but also nerve-wracking. I drew October 1, 2009. Of course, the day started out gray and overcast. A fresh dusting of snow held promise but the clouds just wouldn’t break. I got some photos of windsocks ironed flat by the gusts, highway signs blown sideways, and some shots of Chaco at the Firehall.

Finally settled on this one below Carter’s Bridge.

Haircuts and small towns

Getting a decent hair cut is nearly impossible in a small town.  I’ve given (NAME REDACTED) Salon two chances now.

My first visit resulted in “The Vulcan.”

But time heals all wounds (and all bad haircuts). I decided to give them another go. How could it be any worse?

Let’s just say that I’m now sporting a haircut that I’ve come to refer to as “The Rancher’s Wife.” Nothing wrong with being a rancher’s wife, except of course that I’m neither.

Highland Mountains (MT): Red Mountain

If you are anywhere in the vicinity of historic Butte, Montana, you’d be crazy to miss this hike. Short and sweet on relatively easy terrain, you’ll pass an old fire tower, and gain one or two rugged summits with commanding views of Butte and the surrounding area.

The Dirt

  • Length: 3-6 miles roundtrip
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate (due to elevation gain)
  • Elevation gain: about 1000-2000 ft depending on if you summit
  • Exposure: moderate to steep (but stable) talus slopes
  • Family-friendly: yes (to the fire tower)
  • Optimal Season: June – October
  • Fun fact: Easy hike up jeep road switch backs to fire tower! Fantastic summit with amazing views only a few miles from your car, followed by beers in historic Butte or sandwiches at Wheat Montana in Three Forks.

Note that in the map below shows to possible points of access: one off of highway 2 and along Fish Creek, the other from the north. The elevation profile reflects this as well — the trailhead starts at about 9000 feet!

Flickr Photos

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Location

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If you can’t fly you might as well take the train.

Who said our nation’s railways were no longer useful?

I was coming home from town today when I spotted these brand spanking new Boeing jets in transit on the local rail line.

I don’t know where they were from (Seattle area?) or where they were going (Wichita perhaps?) but it was pretty cool to see them up close and personal.

The amazing thing was the complete lack of security. You can bet if these were late model cars that they would have already collected an impressive amount of graffiti.