Montana Outdoors

December 30, 2009

Test drive…er, walk.

Filed under: Animal tracks, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 10:23 pm

What better way to start the break-in of new hiking boots than 6 miles in the back country in the snow, reading the stories left there during the night about the life-dramas of the wild things!

Smiley Creek

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Smiley Creek

Just an old logging road on the ridges above Smiley Creek. The writers? A bobcat, a family of coyotes, snowshoe rabbits and grouse.

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  1. Smiley Creek…one of my favorite spots.

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    Comment by Radd Icenoggle — December 30, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

    • I like it there too, mostly up high toward the Weeksville Divide. Not much snow there yet this year.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  2. Cute story! Love the tracks… hope your feet didn’t get blisters – walking 6 miles in new boots! Ouch!

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — December 31, 2009 @ 5:54 am

    • Seeing tracks in the snow is one of my favorite things about winter. Today’s boots are so much easier to get used to that they used to be. Proper fit is the most important thing. I haven’t had a blister in decades.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 10:33 am

  3. Interesting that they all walked that road ahead of you,… wonder which ones survived to walk in the snow again? Hope your new boots are comfy,… I have two old pair of Merrills that I refuse to replace, but I know the time is coming for one of those pair! That will be a sad day in the ‘daks!

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    Comment by Cedar — December 31, 2009 @ 6:24 am

    • I’m sure the coyotes and the cat made out better than the snowshoes, although there were sure a lot of rabbit tracks.

      There’s something about Merrills, isn’t there! I have a pair that are tattered and torn but I can’t part with them even though I have newer ones.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 10:35 am

  4. “… reading the stories left there during the night about the life-dramas of the wild things!”

    Oh, I like that! Indeed. Lovely path to hike and read the stories.

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Montucky!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — December 31, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    • It’s a place where I like to hike. There is a lot of wildlife and after the first mile or so, when it gets steep there are seldom human tracks. It’s best for tracks when there was snow the evening before as there was this time.

      Happy New Years to you too!

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 10:39 am

  5. The stories of footprints in the snow. The symphony of morning songbirds. The percussion of trees in the wind. One can always find wonderous things in nature.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — December 31, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    • There sure are scienceguy, awaiting those who go out to see them. I wish more folks had the opportunity.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 10:40 am

  6. That is a lovely piece of prose,

    ā€œā€¦ reading the stories left there during the night about the life-dramas of the wild things!ā€

    Of course, I hope there was a happy ending for eveyone but I know that’s not nature. Happy New Year to you and your wife, Terry.

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    Comment by Candace — December 31, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    • There is always a bit of sadness in the ways of nature, but that’s the reality. Always interesting though!

      Happy New Year to you and your family!

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 10:43 am

  7. And now the next ptarmigan walking along that road will read the story of your new boots in your footprints.

    Happy New Year.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — December 31, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    • That has probably already happened.

      Happy New Year to you and Lesa, Malcolm!

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  8. Happy New Year Terry!
    I enjoy your prose as much as your photos!

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    Comment by Maureen — December 31, 2009 @ 11:37 am

  9. Happy New Year to you and Eric, Maureen!

    (Thanks)

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    Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  10. We’re up north, enjoying cold, snow, and a very quiet New Year’s Eve. Perfect. Hope the New Year brings all kinds of good things to you and yours.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 31, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

    • Our weather is warm, but we’re having some snow tonight to go with what we had last night so it’s a white New Years. Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year!

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

  11. I do believe we’ve had more snow than you, but I would prefer your view!! As always, perfect captures of beautiful scenery.

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    Comment by kcjewel — December 31, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    • I think you’ve had much more snow than we have so far: we’re far behind normal. It is snowing now though and there is supposed to be more coming. At least most of the ski areas have enough to work with. Sure is pretty tonight.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  12. Hello Terry!
    Just browsing through. You are such a poet, ‘ya know it?? Love your comments to your photos. They serve to enlighten and inform us, but the way you go about it is music to my ears! As you know, I cannot say enough good about your photos. They bring joy into my heart every time I visit here. I’ll just keep on browsing and reading and enjoying every photo and comment! šŸ˜€

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    Here is my blog address:
    https://ionas2010VPw.wordpress.com/

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    Comment by pilgrim30 — January 5, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    • Hi Iona!
      It’s good to see you active again! I’m glad you are set up on WordPress: I don’t know how much help I could have been. I have you set up on my Blog Surfer section on WordPress so it will be easy to follow your posts.

      I don’t know about joining a group yet, but I’ll sure follow your posts.

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      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2010 @ 9:25 pm


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