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  1. Wife finally sent me a few pics of our weekend. She stopped on the drive out and snapped a final photo. Sure it looks completely different this last weekend. Trees down here in the valley are changing fast. Wanted to go out again but rained all weekend, plus had a work day at my Mom's place, getting it ready to sell. We'll see what the weekend holds.
  2. Wish I would've stopped on the drive out, the late day sun was incredible shining through the foilage next to the road.
  3. Headed out around 9:45 Sunday morning.
  4. This last weekend was our anniversary. Normally we go out of town and stay in a motel somewhere. Don't know about anywhere else but motels around our area have gotten absolutely ludicrous. I'm not paying $300-$400 a night for a room. Even though it's late in the year in our area we decided to go camping. At 1st we weren't going to take our machines but had to come back into town for a funeral, so got up early and went home to get ready and decided to grab the machines. Our temperatures are already in the low to mid thirties at night in the mountains. So we just made sure the propane tanks were full. After the funeral we went back to our camp site and relaxed, then grilled some steaks then headed out for an evening ride. It wasn't very long but we had never been on this trail this late in the day so we were looking forward to see what the sun was going to do with shadows and lighting. We weren't disappointed, this is one of our favorite places to ride. We've found it's very enjoyable to ride the trails at different times of the year and times of day. We had received about an inch or so of rain down in The Valley last week so the mountains were drenched. It was great to be up there and not have the trails be dusty and to actually be dodging mud puddles that were foot well deep. The higher elevations have snow on them already so that made our views that much more amazing along with the colors of the changing leaves of the deciduous trees mixed in with the pine trees. In another week the leaves should be spectacular as far as colors go. It would be fun to go backup there this weekend but we are heading over to another area Saturday morning. After the ride Saturday night we went back to the camper and had a great desert and played a little cribbage. We slept in a bit Sunday morning then had a great breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and sausage, then headed out again. We don't normally road ride but I wanted to ride a road that I thought connected up with one of our trails that we normally ride. I was right, and it was a beautiful road that wound back-and-forth up the mountain through a lot of old growth timber that that opened up to some pretty spectacular mountain views. After connecting up with the trail we normally ride, we rode to a "Y" and turned onto a different road and followed it for about 10 miles. I suspected where this one ended but had never taken it before. We took some new trails that we had never been on that cut off and looped back connecting up with the road. Some of the trails looked as if they hadn't been ridden for years. I know that's not true but there were areas of several miles where there wasn't even any dirt showing, just grass. These trails opened up to multiple wide open views of the Fire tower look out that we had taken my new friend PROV from Minnesota to back in August. A lot of the pics we took have the fire tower cabin in them but it hard to see and is a long ways away at the top of the mountain. We followed the road til it dead ended then got off and walked a trail to the back side of a rock formation called Castle Rock. This is a popular destination of hikers but is fairly challenging climb of 5 miles or so from the bottom of the drainage. For us was an easy walk of less than an ⅛ of a mile from where the road ended. I hadn't been there for over 15 years and forgot how cool it was up there, and the view of the Gallatin Canyon and the road that heads up to Yellowstone National Park was definitely worth the ride to see it again. Bonus of not having to walk 10 miles to enjoy it. 😁 After a ½ hour of soaking in the snow capped mountains and 70° temp, we head back to the Atv's. I checked the odometer, we had to pretty much go back the same way to get to the campsite, 22 miles. It was already about 2 o'clock so figured if we just stayed riding on the main roads, and a late lunch stop, we'd be back by 4:30 or so. We headed out and maintained a pretty constant speed stopping only a couple of times for lunch and to take a few pics. We pulled into the campsite right at 4:30, hooked the trailer to back of the camper, loaded up the wheelers and headed home. Was a great little getaway and really only cost us the fuel for the truck and the machines. Campsite was free because it was in the dispersed dry camping area and there aren't any hookups of any kind. Rolled into the drive way about 5:30, got things unloaded, pulled Camper and trailer to my brothers and back home by 6:30. Amazing we can leave our house and be up in the mountains with campsite set up and relaxing in less than an hour and a half. I think this may become the new normal for anniversaries to come, not worth the time to drive out of town then spend a fortune on the room, and the fancy dinner out. My wife was happy as a could be. Here's some pics to share hope you all enjoy them.
  5. What an incredibly awesome day our most recent ride turned out to be. My friend Jeff, and I can now honestly use that term, contacted me about 2½ months ago with a PM and told me he and friend were planning a trip that would, toward the end of their journey, bring them through my neck of the woods. He asked if there was a chance that we could possibly link up and meet for dinner. He had seen my posts over the last year or so and thought it would be nice to be able to at least meet up and put a face to the name since he was coming through. We exchanged contact information and he said he'd be in touch with the details. He thought it would be the 3rd week in August but would let me know. A week or so passed and I got to wondering how tight their schedule was and if they'd have any time for a ride. I texted him and asked and he said boy that sure sounded like fun but they weren't bringing their machines. It just wasn't in the cards for what their plans entailed, but thanks for the thought. He said he'd been through here once before years back and thought it might be nice to explore some time. Another couple of weeks went by and I had still been thinking it would be great to get them out on some of our trails. I contacted my nephew and explained the situation and asked what the possibility would be to borrow his two atv's. I explained to him that my wife an I would ride his and Jeff and his friend would use ours. He texted back immediately and said no problem. I contacted Jeff and asked if there was a possibility they could squeeze a ride in if I could get a hold of a couple of machines? He said that would be excellent that they're schedule wasn't that tight and they would be coming through close to a weekend. I told him him I it looked like I could get a hold of a couple of machines. Also that my 2 brothers would likely be coming along as well, his immediate comment was the more the merrier. The kicker was, that it would be an all Can Am lineup up but if he could get past that, he might have a good time. We had a good chuckle over that he said he could deal with that. So I started thinking about what trail would be a good one that would give them some beautiful views and a decent experience of some mountain trails. And settled on one of our favorites that wasn't too far to the trailhead from home. Many messages and several phone conversations happened before finally meeting up. The long awaited evening and day came this last Friday night as we met for a nice dinner at a local BBQ place. We had a great time of conversation, laughing, joking, instantaneously learning how to gang up and tease my wife.😁 Then on home to check out wiring connections for the trailer he was going to tow to the trailhead. We had a great continued visit well into the evening ending with a decision of what time to meet in the morning. Woke to a beautiful day and a quick trip to the trailhead up Storm Castle creek and to an unloading temp of around 53°. We rode up the main road a mile or so then turned off and started working our way up some old logging roads to the top of a ridge to the edge of an old burn that happened about 15 years ago, chasing a cow moose and her calf off the road along the way, and stopping a couple of times to let Jeff and his friend Rick just soak in the vastness our "Big Sky Country". We worked our way down into the next drainage stopping multiple times to take in more of God's beautiful creation and then along the bottom stopping for lunch in a beautiful shaded area next to the little creek(Swan Creek) that works its way down to one of our main rivers called the Gallatin. The Gallatin River runs through our "Gallatin Valley", and joins the Madison and Jefferson Rivers to form the Headwaters of the Missouri River,(25 miles from home) which runs eventually into the Mississippi. After eating lunch we worked our way out of the creek bottom on a great meandering trail through the trees and up through a great forested trail back up to the ridge between the Storm Castle and Swan Creek drainages. Taking another break to stretch the legs, rest the backside, snack, and to try to smoke the meat sticks. Boy I tell ya it didn't take long for that Minnesotan to be a bad influence on my wife.😄 After that break we continued to work our way along the ridge and trees to another great view overlooking a small lake. From there a great trail through some lodge pole pines up to one of our favorite overlooks with some great rocks to park the machines on for pictures. From there up to Garnet Mountain Lookout, an old Forest Service fire Lookout now turned into a Forest Service cabin you can rent. There has been a look out there since 1930, the current building was built back in 1962, they just replaced the old outhouse with a new one a couple of years ago, they flew it up there pre-built with a helicopter. It's complete with beds, cook stove, wood stove, and full supply of firewood. No water or electricty. The view from there is at '8245 ft and gives you a 360° view. In the right light and time of day its pretty amazing. Jeff commented he could've parked himself in a lawn chair and sat there the rest of the day looking around. We love it up there and hope one day to reserve that cabin for a couple of nights. After about an hour of soaking in the views we worked our way down to Rat lake for another short visit then on one final old overgrown road to take in one last view of the Storm Castle valley. Back to the trucks with dusty dirty smiles on our faces. Was a great day with my new found friend and family. It couldn't have been a more perfect day weather wise, in the afternoon it actually clouded up and blocked out the intense Montana sun with a few drops of rain here and there. Was a great day of fellowship and laughter and getting to know a fellow ATVer. I told him this is what the ATV world is about. Getting out, riding, doing simple things with like minded people, and enjoying life. What a great experience. Jeff, I'm so glad you took the opportunity to reach out and take a chance to want to meet up. It was a true privilege to meet you and Rick and an honor to take you out and share something that we are blessed with and I think too often, take for granted. It was a great day and hope there are many more opportunities in the future.
  6. It is unbelievable to the lengths they are going to.
  7. Looking forward to it as well. Going to be a blast, going out to get my nephews machines tonight and get them prepped and ready to go. Fluids, tire pressure etc., fuel, and cleaned up if needed. 17 days!
  8. One of the benefits that we have out here is a lot of our trails have rock in them. We don't really have a problem with them tearing the trails up rails up because of that. That is part of the reason why they wait to open the trails to make sure all the snow pack is gone so that doesn't happen. I agree they do have their place but for me personally I like to be able to see around my machine. I have a windshield on mine and hand And thumb warmer. Plus I don't feel so boxed in..
  9. This has been an extremely busy summer as well as a wet spring. Trails didn't open up till mid July. Now it's hotter than blazes and we're worrying about fires again. Have been able to get out a few times in the last 2 weeks. A coworker bought a side-by-side much to my chagrin. We've been out a couple of times, verifies once again that I'll stick with ATV'S. They have a really tough time fitting through our 50" trailhead gates, they're very noisy, and have poor all around visibility from inside. To each there own I guess. Have hit a couple new spots with some great views have taken a couple we met a few weeks back out on their first ride. They were in 7th Heaven and plain on selling their boat and changing over to atv land lumber. They had a great time and really want to find a machine or two. I'm looking forward to meeting one of our own. Prov, out of Minnesota, and a friend of his, are heading to my backyard. They are going on a road trip and coming through. We are hoping to link up the evening of the day they arrive and have dinner then I'm going to take them out on a mountain ride the next day. Yes they are lowering their standards and are climbing onto a couple of Can Ams but they're willing to make the sacrifice to take in some Montana scenery. I'm borrowing my nephews machines so will let them use mine and my wife's machine for the day. I am really looking forward to sharing one of our favorite trails with them and hope they have a great time. My two brothers and one of their wives will come along to keep my wife company. Should be a great time. Here's a few pics from my latest outings.
  10. That's disgusting! That thing would for certain be dead. Never have understood why anyone would want one of those things as a "pet".
  11. I'm sorry Wheeler.😥
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