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There is something remarkable about this book, and it’s not just Hodges’ writing style that gives it that edge. It’s not often that I connect with characters on a quasi-meta level, but Hodges’ dialogue and descriptive idiosyncrasies sent chills down my spine and made me actually listen to what the characters had to say. He is a masterful author who possesses the rare ability to allow the reader to forgive and forget the characters’ shortcomings.

Rain, finally.

The rain is finally here. Our first measurable rainfall came yesterday, and hasn’t stopped since. The mountains are getting snow, too, above 5,000 feet. The summer of 2017 is now officially the driest and hottest in recorded history for Montana. Good riddance.

I had to get out into the woods. On my way to the mountains, this bison blocked me on a narrow, dangerous road. Eventually he let me pass.

The Bitterroot National Forest

Earlier in the summer, well before the smoke and fires, I was fortunate to spend a glorious day in the Bitterroot National Forest. This 1.587 million acre national forest straddles the Montana/Idaho border, culminating in the spectacular 10,157 foot Trapper Peak.

Most people visit Montana because of Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. But I find the Bitterroots to be just as scenic. It’s likely the range would be a national park, if not for the other two.

The Selway-Bitterroot wilderness. #Missoula #MontanaMoment

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