And There Went August...

I have only blogged once this month, well twice counting this post right here.  That is a new record low.  I have been bursting at the seams with incredible experiences and have been caught up in a busy go-go summer blur.  I have so many blog posts half-crafted in my brain.  Hopefully I can pour them out via the keyboard here soon.  In the meantime here is a glimpse of what has been keeping me so fantastically distracted living life that I've not found the time to write about it.

I visited the Devil's Tower for the first time.  It was a spontaneous weekend gettaway to a place I've always wanted to go, but never had.  Oddly enough, I liked the trails better the further we got from the tower itself.
On the way home we took a detour so we could visit and tour Jewel Cave National Monument.
We saw some epic concerts.  String Cheese Incident at the Big Sky Brewing Company was a real highlight.  Jeff Austin Band was even better than I'd hoped.  The banjo player, in particular, was phenomenal.  I don't know how people move their fingers that fast.  My friend, David, started a new band, The City Parks.  He is a great musician and the audience is always full of my friends so it is a win-win for me.
We took our friend, Hannah, to visit Glacier National Park.  We only had a couple days--on the way home from seeing String Cheese--but it was a blessedly good time.  Tremendous views while hiking and plenty of laughs.  That place is so pretty.
We went on our annual Megavacation.  This year we went to the west coast, taking in Olympic National Park and Rainier National Park--plus, some time with my sister and friends in the Seattle area.   I saw more wildflowers in Rainier than I think I've seen in my whole life until now.  I also watched a starfish move about with its stretchy mass of tentacle feet.  It was amazing.  The whole dang trip was.
The garden is doing very well, especially since it has been quite neglected this year by comparison.  We had our best onion harvest ever.  We've got more eggplants than we know what to do with.  Ginger spends all her time out there, if allowed.
I bought a new bicycle.  After ten years of daily use my old one--a college graduation present from my dad--needed more repairs than it would cost to just buy a new, even higher quality bicycle.  So, I've got slick new wheels.  It is handy to have full use of my gears and brakes again.
We went to Yellowstone--again.  It wasn't as smokey as I'd expected, given that parts of it are on fire.  We hiked to a couple lakes, lounged in our hammocks in the trees, watched the birds, and woke to a tent covered in frost.
And now I am packing for a four day music festival experience with some of my ol' pals from high school.  My friends and I are still in almost daily contact via the web, but it will be a real treat to dance and camp and make merry with them in the flesh.  Matt's not coming.  I think he is relieved.  We've been gone an awful lot.  Like usual.  I mean, it's summertime.
The cats will be glad he is staying home, too.  The amount of following-me-around-meowing-for-attention when we get home, even from a weekender, is bordering on absurd at this point.  But, it is sure nice to know we're loved and missed.  Terribly, I gather.


  1. Summer Madness :-) Thanks for dropping by and sharing what has been keeping you from blogging! Looks like you have had a great summer and those veggies from the garden are just fab! San

  2. Thanks, San! I can't believe how well the garden has done, so often left to its own devices! I hope you've been enjoying some summer madness, too.

  3. Hammocks in the trees? Is this a portable arrangement, or something which is already there?

    1. Yes, portable. They're made of a lightweight nylon type material and can be stuffed into a little sack, small enough to carry around in a backpack with a snack and water, etc. We find them quite handy. In addition to their intended use we've also use them as a shade tent, of sorts, and as a ground cover for sitting on damp earth.


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