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Lifestyle Letter

Another day in paradise.

JUNE 2017

M

y dad is full of one-liners. Half of them cannot and should not be repeated. A fourth of them make me cringe, and the last fourth are surprisingly insightful. “Just another lousy day in paradise,” I’ve often heard him say when he’s asked how he is. Most of us would agree: Montana, and especially our little corner of it, is exactly what God had in mind when he created paradise. Perhaps, not exactly but darn close. To be honest, I’m not terribly clear what my dad means by this expression. Is he having a good or bad day? Does it matter to him? Should it matter to him? The answers to my questions seem to be, “Not relevant,” “Not really,” and “Not at all,” respectively. Life occasionally throws him lemons (like life does to us all) and he keeps chugging along, content and appreciative that his journey landed him in paradise.

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Departments 8

Good Times

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Around Town

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Hops & Vine

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Financial Buzz

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

16 Mighty Swords

Renowned acupuncturist explains how the battle for our health is,

perhaps, a few needle sticks away.

22 Meet Joe Stone

Unexpected challenges in Joe's life opened the door

to new opportunities. Let's find out how!

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Good Times

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Good Times

A Platinum Affair

The Human Society of Western Montana celebrated the humanitarian heroes of our community over the last 20 years with the Platinum Ken Shughart Humanitarian Award. This year's banquet was a platinum affair, featuring cocktails, fine dining, auctions, and music by special guest Charla Bauman. PHOTOGRAPHY JEFFREY NEUBAUER MEDIA

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN BSDFF IS WORTH IT MovieMaker magazine thinks big of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It was

GARDEN CITY COMPOST NEWS The City of Missoula recently purchased EKO Compost, now Garden City Compost. Under new management, the compost facility will continue to accept green waste from the public and will continue selling bulk compost. However, the facility will no longer sell bagged compost, deliver compost, or make specialty products, such as potting soil. But that may change after the transition period. Stay tuned for more. The facility, located at 1125 Clark Fork Lane, is open for the general public to drop off green waste and purchase compost Tuesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visit CI.Missoula.MT.US/2089/Garden-City-Compost.

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Season tickets orders are now available for purchase for the Missoula

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Community Theatre’s 2017-18 season. This year audiences will be

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treated with performances of Mamma Mia!, a musical theatre produc-

guide filmmakers contemplating their fes-

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Carol, a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel about miserly

the mainstream festival circuit. Great work, BSDFF!

Ebenezer Scrooge who receives three visitors on Christmas eve; Happy

Also, submissions for the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Days, a musical version of the beloved TV sitcom that brings back the

are now being accepted. Films submitted by Friday, June 30 receive

familiar names audiences know and love: Richie Cunningham, Potsie,

the early bird discounted rate. BSDFF accepts submissions of

Ralph, Pickie Tuscadero and Fonzie; The 39 Steps, a stage play written

non-fiction films of all forms, genres, subject matter, and lengths. Visit

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Healthy Lifestyle

MIGHTY SWORDS RENOWNED ACUPUNCTURIST EXPLAINS HOW THE BATTLE FOR OUR HEALTH IS, PERHAPS, A FEW NEEDLE STICKS AWAY

ARTICLE DANIELLE M. ANTONETTI PHOTOGRAPHY PAMELA DUNN-PARRISH

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asically,” said the man holding half a dozen fine needles, “I move blood.”

That’s not exactly how most people would

describe acupuncture, but the man, Doug Womack, acupuncturist extraordinaire and sole practitioner of Montana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, who wields these fine tiny swords, assures patients that the war for one’s health can be won. “The body likes the status quo,” he said, which is why pain if not addressed can all too quickly become chronic. “Chronic pain is a sort of learned response whereas acute pain tells you to quit doing something. For example, when you get a fever and then you’re shivering, what is happening is that the body has accepted that the fever is the status quo,” he explained. “When you start to break the fever, the body believes it is cold and begins to shiver in an effort to get it back up to the fever.

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“You’ve got to break through that.” The break-through comes in the form of new trauma—the sites where Mr. Womack sticks the needles, sending signals to the mid-brain’s periaqueductal gray (PAG), the primary control center for descending pain modulation with its enkephalin-producing cells that suppress pain. The body’s natural soldiers, AWOL on their true assignment, are reset with each visit. The painkillers and toxic clean-up crews are redeployed with new orders, sending out fresh blood with nutrients for healing, at which point the body begins to see the pain—not as the status quo but—as acute and, later, as non-existent. The battle for pain relief, once seemingly lost, sees the tide turning. The gain, however, can slip away. Mr. Womack hears it often: Acupuncture works but only short term. He agrees, but up to a point. “I tell people upfront, ‘Don’t come to me if you’re only going to come two or three times,’” he said, noting that acupuncture involves retraining the body, a process. It’s not a magic pill. “I can make you feel better but it’s likely going to come back if the issue isn’t properly handled over time.” Typically, a four-month protocol is recommended. “I’ve got to be phased out. We phase me out of treatment as the body takes over,” he said. “That’s what makes acupuncture treatment whole and successful in the long term.”

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A Funny Thing Happened… …at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China. After four years of study in Houston, Mr. Womack decided “that wasn’t enough.” He called the hospital in Hangzhou and said, “I want to come study.” They said, “Which group are you with?” He said, “It’s just me.” They said, “We have groups. We don’t have individuals.” Mr. Womack explained that he studied with Dr. Shen Ping Liang, and he said to tell you I’m his best student. They said, “Okay.” He showed up for his 28-day course and began his work. Each day, along with a contingent of doctors from around the world, he passed by the seventh floor, especially notable for how beautiful it was compared to the other 14 floors. After a few days of this, he asked about it. “That’s the famous doctor floor,” said a fellow student-doctor. “When do we get to work with them?” “I’ve been coming for three years. We don’t,” said his classmate. “That’s nonsense,” he recalled, laughing. “I made a stink and called Dr. Liang, who instructed me, ‘Tell them to let you study with the famous doctors, or I’ll send you to Tianjin University Teaching Hospital.’” The next day, Mr. Womack got approval to study under the crème de la crème at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. And not for 28 days. For four months. East Meets West One day Mr. Womack was working with the head of the hospital in Hangzhou, who was a pulmonologist, and we were treating asthma. He was prescribing Chinese herbs. “I see this and go, ‘Can we treat asthma with just Chinese herbs?” He said, “Of course not! We have to use western medicine because we get major benefits from that, but we can reduce the amount of western medicine we use with all its side effects and bolster it with Chinese herbs, and it’s the combination of the two that makes it so effective.” Did you know? Medical school in China is seven years compared to four in the U.S. The extra years are because students study eastern medicine alongside western. Both protocols are widely used there and together.

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even years ago on Friday, August 13, Joe Stone fell out of the sky. He’d been cruising over Mount Jumbo with his speed-wing, a fit and happy 25-year-old who was thrilled to be living out his lifelong dream of flying by soaring over Missoula’s golden peaks on summer

afternoons. Usually, those daily flights were idyllic—both for the pilot and those on the ground watching his colorful wing. But Joe’s crash was a nightmare. It left him in a coma for one month and in the hospital for four months, where he emerged a C-7 quadriplegic impaired in all four limbs. Rather than sink into the multi-year depression that many spinal injury patients endure, Joe set a goal to motivate him through his recovery: handcycle Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile-long ride end to end including the 12-mile section that climbs 2,500 feet to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, on the one-year anniversary of the accident. CONTINUED >

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MEET JOE STONE (CON TI N U ED)

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He did it.

“I try to celebrate life on every anniversary of my acci-

dent,” said Joe. “It’s my second birthday, really. I could’ve died very easily that day.” After conquering Glacier, Joe decided to set his sights on

the next goal: becoming the first quadriplegic to compete in an Ironman triathlon. He did that, too.

“For me, after the accident, I knew that the outdoors was the answer—if there was any answer— to bringing back my quality of life,” he said. The other answer was the support and love of his partner, Amy Rosendahl, the adventure-loving woman who moved from Minnesota to Missoula with Joe in 2009. “When I woke up from the coma, Amy said, ‘I’ll be with you 100% through this, but only if you want me to be with you,’” Joe recalled. “The idea of not having her beside me would’ve been worse than the injury.” You might’ve seen Stone around town. Besides the low-profile wheelchair, the first thing you notice are his blue eyes. Intense, smiling, they take it all in. The second thing you notice is his trusty service dog, Henry, with equally watchful eyes. Joe, Henry, and Amy like being outdoors best, biking through the woods, rafting in the rivers, skiing down slopes, or—for Joe—flying over the mountains. Again, despite everything.

But those are just Joe’s side hobbies. What really puts fire in his belly is demanding equal opportunities for people with disabilities, a label that applies to one in five Americans—the largest minority group in the country. (It’s also a minority that anyone could become part of at any time due to circumstance or injury.) Yet even though living with a disability is relatively common, being disabled still carries a stigma. Joe works hard to try and overcome that stigma in our society. Specifically, he’s focusing on increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in outdoor sports. Joe is rewriting the rules of the game for athletes with disabilities around the world, starting right here in Missoula. To Joe, equality means inclusion—allowing everyone to participate rather than segregating or restricting people with disabilities from able-bodied events. That’s why he ended up challenging the Missoula Marathon. “Before the accident, I didn’t know what minorities went through. I didn’t understand discrimination—the feeling of having someone tell me, ‘You can’t do that,’” explained Joe. CONTINUED >

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MEET JOE STONE (CON TI N U ED)

The first time Joe experienced discrimination was

the places he loved best: mountains, rivers, sky.

when he was denied access to the Missoula Marathon

“Struggles are where we learn from, what we relate to.

in 2013, which—at the time—didn’t allow handcycles

Crossing the finish line feels like a small percentage of

or racing wheelchairs. At first, he was deflated. But Joe

what it’s all about,” Joe said.

rebounded quickly. He spent two years working with Run

Amy often comes with him to lend her own motivation

Wild Missoula (the group that organizes the marathon)

and advice as the partner of someone with a spinal cord

and the Montana Human Rights Bureau to educate oth-

injury. This year, the couple’s speaking calendar is filling

ers on disability rights. The eventual offer of judgement

up fast, thanks in part to the release of a feature-length

found Run Wild Missoula guilty of discrimination under

documentary film about Joe and his attempt to complete

the Americans with Disability Act. The case now sets a

a full Ironman. It’s Raining, So What premiered online

precedent around the country for allowing people with

November 24, 2016, garnering tens of thousands of views

disabilities to compete alongside everyone else.

from people interested in “pushing through boundaries of perceived limitations to find out what is truly possible.”

“At the end of the day, it’s about giving people with disabilities the freedom to make their own choices about what’s best for them,” he said.

Joe is scheduling their speaking gigs and film premieres around recreation activities, including the three Ironman races that Amy is competing in this summer. The couple is also planning to spend time in Utah, where Joe will continue learning how to use adaptive equipment to paraglide and BASE jump through Project Airtime, a non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities fly. “The first time I got back in the air again after the acci-

To further opportunities for people with disabilities,

dent was the first time that I felt normal since becoming

Stone started a foundation dedicated to promoting

disabled,” he said. “Flying felt just the same as before.

adapted outdoor recreation. For instance, the foundation

That’s the most powerful part about it.”

organizes adaptive gear for athletes with disabilities who

Eventually Joe hopes to raise money to build or buy

are interested in participating in events like the Wydaho

his own paragliding tricycle so that he can once again

Rendezvous, an annual mountain bike festival in the

soar over the golden mountains in his hometown of

Grand Tetons. Stone hopes to strategically scale-up the

Missoula. But he’s not in any hurry, and stresses the

foundation to “get more people outside to play.”

importance of balance in life.

Joe’s day job, though, is motivational speaking. He’s

“What I learned from the accident is that there’s a lot

been invited to tell his story at schools, hospitals, busi-

more to life than recreational hobbies. So much more,

nesses, and events across the nation.

it’s about communities, families, giving back,” said Joe.

When asked about his rising fame, Stone shrugs it off

“That’s what I want to focus on.”

with a characteristic grin crinkling the corners of his blue eyes. “It’s just me up there, no bells and whistles,” he said. “I’m not a performer. It’s raw and real.” The moral of Joe’s raw and real story? “Include everyone.” Joe avoids what he calls “the hero line,” and instead talks candidly about the struggle of getting to where he is now—the painstaking, arduous process of re-learning how to breathe, to swallow, to talk—and how he was motivated not to give up by the idea of getting back to

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Learn more about Joe’s story at MeetJoeStone.com where you can find links to It’s Raining, So What as well as two recent podcasts produced by Outside Online.


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GIVE YOUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO A MID-YEAR ‘REFRESHER’ ARTICLE PROVIDED BY RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT AND GARY KIEMELE


I

t seems as though just yesterday the calendar said 2016 and

And diversification is important. By spreading your investment dol-

there was still time to take a closer look at your investment port-

lars among domestic and international stocks, mutual funds, bonds,

folio before the start of yet another year. Now, half way through

government securities, and CDs, you can reduce your vulnerability to

2017, perhaps your to-do list still includes, “Evaluate my investment

downturns that may primarily affect just one type of asset. That’s why

portfolio.” Here’s a few tips to help give your investment portfolio

it’s always a good idea to periodically rebalance your portfolio.

a mid-year “refresher.”

In fact, it’s possible for your portfolio to become unbalanced all by

To begin this process, you will likely want to evaluate your invest-

itself. For example, if you own some stocks and mutual funds whose

ments’ performance in 2016. Rather than comparing your returns

value has grown significantly over the years, these investments may

against those of a “benchmark,” such as the S&P 500 index, consider

now take up a greater percentage of your portfolio than you had

using your own benchmarks to determine how well you are being

anticipated or planned for, which means you may also now be taking

served by your investments.

on a higher-risk level than you’d like. If this happens, you may need to

Perhaps the most important individual benchmark to consider is the rate of return you need to reach your long-term goals. To estimate

adjust your investment mix to realign it with your risk tolerance. Keep in mind, though, that you must always have some growth

this figure, you first need to assess those goals. What sort of lifestyle

potential in your portfolio, even during your retirement years when

will you have in retirement? Do you want to retire early? Aside from

you will need at least some of your investments to grow enough to

your investment portfolio, what other sources of income can you

keep you ahead of inflation.

count on? By answering these and other questions, you can determine the rate of return you will require from your investments. You can then create an appropriate strategy and adjust your investment portfolio to help you achieve that return. Apart from evaluating your investments’ performance over the past year, you can work to refresh your portfolio by considering selling investments that are no longer essential to your portfolio and that have declined in value. If you sold these investments, you could use the loss to offset capital gains taxes on other investments you've sold that have appreciated. If the loss from the sale was greater than your combined long- and short-term capital gains, you can deduct up to $3,000 against ordinary income (wages or investment income from bonds, certificates of deposit (CDs), or stock dividends). So, not only can you potentially gain a tax benefit from this move, you can also free

This article is provided by RBC Wealth Management on behalf of Gary Kiemele, a Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management, and may not be exclusive to this publication. The information included in this article is not intended to be used as the primary basis for making investment decisions. RBC Wealth Management does not endorse this organization or publication. RBC Wealth Management does not provide tax or legal advice. Consult your investment professional for additional information and guidance. RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.

up some dollars from the sale—money that you can use to purchase new investments that can help you further diversify your portfolio.

Strength for your future Building and preserving your wealth requires a strong foundation. I can create a wealth management plan to help you achieve your financial goals and allow you to enjoy what matters most to you. Call today for a complimentary consultation. Managing wealth with integrity and purpose

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Lifestyle Calendar

June

JUNE 13

THURSDAYS

the Garden City Flyers for a free, family-friendly

and far for events like the "show and shine," a

JUNE 23 & 24 GARDEN CITY RIVER ROD RUN CARAS PARK

FOLF IN THE PARKS

Missoula's premier classic car show, the Gar-

MISSOULA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

den City River Rod Run, is revved and ready

Beginning June 13, join Parks and Recreation and

to go. This festival brings car lovers from near

round of disc golf on Tuesday evenings through

car show-and-tell for motorheads and laypeo-

ROPES COURSE OPEN CLIMB

summer. Never played before? Parks and Rec

ple alike. There will also be great live music,

MCCORMICK PARK

staff will be happy to lend you a disc and help you

food, and a beer garden. This year's event is

Practice skills on Parks and Recreation’s

learn the basics. If you like walking in the park with

being hosted by the Five Valley Ford Club, and

high slack line, learn how to ascend a rope

your friends and family, you will love adding the

it's okay if you drive a Chevy. All are welcome.

or belay, or just have fun climbing to new

challenge and fun of throwing a disc to a target. A

Visit FiveValleyFordClub.com for more in-

heights. All ages. Children under 18 must

challenging but kid-friendly nine-hole course will

formation and a full schedule of activites.

have an adult present to sign waiver. Visit

be created in a different city park each week. Visit

CI.Missoula.MT.us for more information.

CI.Missoula.MT.us/2174/folf-in-the-parks for

JUNE 24

weekly park locations.

FAMILY ART DAY IN

JUNE 2 - 4

THE MISSOULA ART PARK

BEATLES CARTOON POP ART SHOW

JUNE 17

L.A. DESIGN

GARDEN CITY SHOOTOUT 3ON3

This Saturday Family workshop invites parents

Ron Campbell, director of The Beatles TV

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

and their kids to create celebratory flags and

cartoon series that aired from 1965-1969

SOUTHGATE MALL

banners as well as to play with clay, paint, and

and animator on the film Yellow Subma-

Put your skills to the test at Western Mon-

chalk on the walk at the Missoula Art Park. This

rine, will appear at L.A. Design. The show

tana’s best basketball tournament while

is an opportunity to work with your kiddo on a

will feature his Beatles cartoon paintings as

supporting youth and teen programs in our

creative project. Older children may delve into

well as artwork based on his 50-year ca-

community. All proceeds benefit City Life

projects on their own but parents are asked to

reer, including Scooby-Doo, Rugrats, The

Community Center of Missoula. Register at

stay and work with children under age 7. Drop-

Smurfs, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and

CityLifeMT.com.

in, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve

more. Free. All works available for purchase.

MISSOULA ART MUSEUM

basis. Visit MissoulaArtMuseum.org.

Visit BeatlesCartoonArtShow.com and

JUNE 14, 21 AND 28

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MISSOULA CITY BAND

JUNE 28

BONNER PARK

CELEBRITY NIGHT

JUNE 3

The Missoula City Band will be performing each

FORT MISSOULA REGIONAL PARK

MISSOULA IRIS SHOW

Wednesday through summer at Bonner Park,

The Destination Missoula Sports Commis-

SOUTHGATE MALL

1600 Ronald Ave., starting June 14. Concerts

sion is hosting its second annual benefit that

A hardy springtime flower, the iris is named

start at 8 p.m. Visit MissoulaCityBand.org for

brings our local heroes home for one fun-

after the Greek goddess of the rainbow as it is

more information.

filled, family-friendly night. Not only will you

one of the most colorful flowers in the world,

and your kids have the opportunity for auto-

and the Missoula Iris Society will celebrate it

JUNE 17

at the Missoula Iris Show at Southgate Mall

PLAY ME MONTANA:

ally get to meet them personally and mingle

in the JC Penney Court. The show is free and

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throughout the night. Great food, beverages

open to the public. Visit MissoulaIris.com.

DENNISON THEATRE

and crazy celebrity games are in store. Visit

Tim Ryan Rouillier's "Play Me Montana" is

DestinationMissoula.org/celebrity-night.

JUNE 10

a symphony memoir of the epic tale of a

graphs with these celebs, but you will actu-

NAMASDAY OF YOGA

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JUNE 28

CARAS PARK

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Parting Thoughts DON’T TRY TO DO TOO MUCH

This is the hardest lesson for me to abide by. Every June, I’m overeager to check off a long list of adventures to go on, house projects to complete, and festivals to attend. At least half are never completed. The other half gets crammed into the twelve short weekends of summer. This leaves little time for a last-minute hike with a friend, an afternoon paddle down the river, or a day just puttering around the neighborhood. By September or October I’m exhausted and welcoming the shorter days when I am forced to do less. As I plan out my summers now, I try to leave “empty” time in my schedule—time to settle, to read, to reflect, and to be open to the spontaneous. DON’T GO TO GLACIER OR YELLOWSTONE IN JULY OR AUGUST

Make no mistake, I do recommend visiting these two iconic

MT A Realistic Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Montana Summer

landscapes if you haven’t done so. But if you are looking to experience their “wild serenity,” then the middle of summer, when millions of people from around the world flood their gates, is not the time to visit. To avoid sitting in traffic for the tenth time because a bison or goat came in sight of the road, visit in September or June. It’ll feel more like you’re getting out and less like everyone is following you. VISIT NEW PLACES

As the crowds descend on Glacier and Yellowstone, I tend to go off the signed path to find stunningly beautiful places that are surprisingly close to home. Within two hours of Missoula, I can count eight mountain ranges I’ve explored, six rivers I’ve floated, and dozens upon dozens of hikes I’ve been on. And yet, I’ve only scratched the surface. Western Montana has something for every mood in the summer: If you’re hankering for cooler weather, head west to the cedars of the Great Burn along the Montana/ Idaho border; if you want an easy paddle or a swim, visit the string of lakes in the Seeley-Swan Valley; if you’re eager to get

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into the alpine zone, take a jaunt into the Mission, Bitterroot, or

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Rattlesnake mountains. (Falcon’s Hiking Montana and Paddling

ummer is the season of expression. After the long dormancy

Montana guides and Hike.WildMontana.org are good places

of winter, suddenly the serviceberries are flowering, the

to start.) Each summer, I challenge myself to explore a few new

chickadees are trilling, and everything is clamoring for your atten-

places off the beaten path, and as I explore more I realize how

tion. If you have an adventurous streak, as I do, then innumerable

rich and diverse the wilds of Montana are.

hikes, bikes, paddles, and camping excursions begin to crowd into the vacant spaces in your summer schedule. There’s always

TAKE IT EASY AND LOOK AROUND

more to do than you have time for. The task becomes picking and

Summer is a lavish time—it bursts with color and movement

choosing what will help you get the most out of these precious

and energy. Although I love getting out to experience every-

long days under the Big Sky. Over seven summers of wandering

thing this great state has to offer, I also value spending quality

Western Montana’s trails, rivers, and roads, I’ve developed a few

time in the places I’ve chosen to visit. I might spend the whole

criteria that help guide me in this decision-making process:

weekend at one campsite or trim down my road trip destinations to focus on a few highlights. By the end of the summer, the places where I spend the most relaxed and present time tend to stick to my memory the tightest, teaching me that sometimes, the wanderer’s best tonic might be to stay put, take a few deep breaths, and really smell the flowers.

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