Yellowstone: Midway Geyser Basin

Distance: 1.1 MileElevation Gained: NoneDifficulty: EasyTime: 0:45:00Critters: A herd of bisonPros:- Ridiculously colorful- Grand Prismatic Spring is kind of insaneCons:- Crowded- People can be really stupid some times- We were tiredDetails:Our last stops in Yellowstone were geothermal in nature. Recalling a trip to Yellowstone when I was just an embryo, I wanted to stop at …

Montana, Day 5: Beehive Basin

Distance: 6.4Elevation Gained: 1,400'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:15Critters: Marmots, Great DanesPros:- Alpine scenery- Alpine lake- Mountains surrounding the alpine lake- Wildflowers galoreCons:- Lots of dead pine trees that fell victim to pine beetlesDetails:Beehive Basin was the last of the hikes I had planned to do in the Big Sky area. I tagged it on almost as …

Montana, Day 4: Cinnamon Mountain

Distance: 8 milesElevation Gained: 2,650’Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:34Critters: NonePros:-          Expansive 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains in the Gallatin/Big Sky Area-          Meadows covered in wildflowers-          Legit mountain climbing with only half the effort!Cons:-          The thunderstorm that rolled in limited my time up topDetails:Cinnamon Mountain lies within Gallatin National Forest and rises above the canyon as a bump that …

Montana, Day 3: Lava Lake

Distance: 5.7 MilesElevation Gained: 1,600'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:05Critters: One brown bearPros:- Lava Lake is stunning- The trail follows a busy creek the entire wayCons:- Bear gave us the heebiesDetails:Lava Lake was high on my to-do list for hiking in Montana. The lake itself closely resembles the classic glacier lake; it sits in a long, u-shaped …

Montana, Day 2: Porcupine Creek

Distance: 3.9 Miles (Porcupine Creek), 2.6 Miles (Snowmobile Trail)Elevation Gained: 500'; 700'Difficulty: Easy, ModerateTime: 2:02; 0:56Critters: NonePros:- Quality hiking time with Kelly and Dave- Beautiful open sagebrush, pine, and juniper woodland- Views of Lone Mountain and the surrounding mountainsCons:- None, unless wanting more is a conDetails:On our second day in Montana, Kelly, Dave, and I …

Montana, Day 1: Engagement

Distance: 1.9 MilesElevation Gained: 600'Difficulty: ModerateTime: 0:47:00Critters: NonePros:- I'm engaged to be married to Kelly Clifton- Nice hiking right across the streetCons:- Steep!Details:Obviously, very little about this particular blog will have anything to do with hiking. On the first day in Montana, I proposed to Kelly Clifton while we lingered on the deck in the …