Montana Outdoors

July 29, 2014

On these hot summer days…

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Spring Creek — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:08 pm

The valley temperatures have been in the 90’s for the past several days, but not here:

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Happy trail dog

Happy trail dog



  1. Ahhh, what lovely photos, and what a happy dog! I don’t think I could cope with temperatures in the 90s but at least you can find some shade! That stream looks so inviting!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 30, 2014 @ 12:28 am

    • Every summer we get some very hot days, but the nights are cool. That little stream is ice cold and the canyon through which it flows stays quite cool because of it.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

  2. I’d be happy too if I had my feet in that nice cool water on a hot day. I’ve got to do that more often!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 30, 2014 @ 4:21 am

    • Streams like that are very refreshing. THey sure do feel good on a very hot day!


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

  3. Lovely ‘refreshing’ photos, Terry.
    I like the movement you’ve left in the water flow. So many photographers slow their shutter speeds down too much and get that white snow effect which I, personally, don’t like very much. I prefer to see a little movement in river rapids, waterfalls and tidal surges down the beach.


    Comment by Vicki — July 30, 2014 @ 4:35 am

    • Sometimes I do use slower shutter speeds, but these were taken with a small point & shoot that doesn’t have that option. These were at 1/30sec. I’ve started using the little camera to keep my pack weight down, especially where the trails are steep and the weather is hot.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

  4. Your water certainly looks more refreshing than our water. No wonder the trail dog is smiling! Our water is slow-moving, brown, and at the nearest buoy to me just now, 85.8 degrees. You win the who’s got the best water? contest, paws down!


    Comment by shoreacres — July 30, 2014 @ 5:31 am

    • These little streams in the back country are excellent. The water temp is probably around 50 and the water quality is such that one can fill a canteen or water bottle from them.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

  5. Well, you know me, I LOVE the refreshing creek picture. But oh, that happy, smiling all over his face trail dog of yours just captured my heart!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 30, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    • That’s Molly, whom we adopted about 7 years ago from a shelter. Her first 6 years were not all that happy, but her last 7 have been. She loves to go on hikes and rides and get affection and respect. If more people had the character of that dog, we would have far fewer problems today!


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

      • Molly sure is a sweetie! And I have to agree wholeheartedly with you on your last statement. Good character is truly lacking now days it seems.


        Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 31, 2014 @ 6:59 am

  6. Perfect place for a “hot dog.”


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 30, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    • It is that! I remember the first hike I took her on, she had never seen a stream and I had to show her that it was OK to get in it and drink.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

  7. Hi Montucky, Happy Trail Pup is a sweetie! Nice refreshing photo of that rushing creek. Yes, it is hot hot hot here in sunny Florida these days. Glad to see cool pix. Have a great day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 30, 2014 @ 11:29 am

    • Yes, she is very sweet. She thinks everyone is a friend.
      I can only imagine how hot it must get in Florida this time of year. The heat here would be hard to tolerate were it not for the cool nights.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

  8. Wish I could just jump in! Dog days of summer!


    Comment by twoscamps — July 30, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    • I know. A “dog’s life” isn’t all that bad at times!


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

  9. I would have my little toes in there too..


    Comment by Mother Hen — July 30, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

  10. The water would be refreshing, indeed…probably even toe-numbing after a little while. 🙂


    Comment by seekraz — July 30, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

    • Oh yes! And it’s nice to fill a water bottle and have ice cold water to drink.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

      • That is some True Heaven out there!! Waaay up in the mountains with cold, fresh water right from the snow-melt stream….oh man!!


        Comment by seekraz — July 30, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

        • There are several such streams nearby and I cherish them. However, a ranger advised me last year that the water in the Cabinet Wilderness should not be used because giardia has been found i some of the water sources there. Ironically, more people visit many of Montana’s wilderness areas than visit many of the roadless areas that I personally prefer.


          Comment by montucky — July 30, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

          • Yes, Giardia could/would be a concern, but those high-mountain streams look so deliciously refreshing that it’s been worth the risk a few times!


            Comment by seekraz — July 30, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

  11. love this photo and the lunchroom posted previously. we got to go backpacking in CO about a month ago. My first primitive camping experience. so awesome. every time I saw the running water and the mountains I just wanted to cry-so emotional. loved it all-except for the altitude sickness. we made our summit too!!!


    Comment by skouba — July 31, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    • I’m glad that you had that experience, Stacey! There is nothing like it!


      Comment by montucky — July 31, 2014 @ 10:49 pm

  12. Your dog is so cute and looks so happy, I bet you were smiling like that, too!


    Comment by Candace — August 1, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    • Yes. For her first 6 years she lived in kennels, never out. Now her very favorite thing is to walk the back country trails with me and it shows in her eyes.


      Comment by montucky — August 1, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

  13. That is definitely a happy dog photo!


    Comment by Tammy — August 2, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

  14. Splendid photo of the river. And that is one happy dog!!!!


    Comment by WildBill — August 2, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

    • If this heat persists, Molly and I might have to move there until it’s over! It’s about 20 degrees cooler in that canyon.


      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

  15. Was out of town for a couple of days and missed this … nothing like rushing streams, except maybe sweet happy trail dogs!


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 3, 2014 @ 6:21 am

    • The streams are refreshing, and so is seeing things through the eyes of a dog.


      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2014 @ 7:58 am

  16. Wow, I love the “Happy trail dog”. Such a very beautiful dog and so wise looking!!!


    Comment by Sartenada — August 4, 2014 @ 3:20 am

    • She is getting old now, but still a wonderful companion. Lots and lots of heart.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

  17. Dogs and creeks go together!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — August 6, 2014 @ 9:32 am

  18. A lovely Summer day, happy Molly and lucky you to enjoy all of it. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Give a pat to Molly, please 🙂


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — August 22, 2014 @ 5:24 am

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