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May 26, 2018

Take a Hike!

It seems that no matter where you live in the Bitterroot Valley you are just a short distance from an amazing hike. In an effort to build up my endurance (and help strengthen my heart) I have vowed to take a hike once a week. Like most days I work or find myself doing things around the yard to get things growing for the season. Since it stays light until after 9pm...I find myself taking a short hike after work. 

Mill Creek Trail is only a few miles from where I live so I can run home, wipe off my makeup, and get laced up in my hiking shoes. It's a moderate trail that does have it's hills but it's kind of hard to think about how heavy my breathing is when I hear the roar of Mill Creek just off to my right. 

In just about a half mile you come to a nice wood bridge that crosses over the creek. It is fun to stand in the middle of the bridge and feel like you are standing on top of water...just sayin'. At the bridge there are some benches to sit if you need to. After you cross the bridge, at the 3 mile mark, you come to some water falls. I haven't made it there yet (small steps) but it is my goal to get there by the end of June.

I thought I would share a few pictures of the journey up to the bridge. There are some pretty wild flowers along the way. 

I hope to see you out there!

Mill Creek Bridge                Mill Creek Peak View            Mill Creek Wildflowers

Posted in Lifestyle
March 26, 2018

Here's to Your Health!

Living in the Bitterroot Valley opens up a HUGE world of activities for you if you like to do things. Whether you enjoy hiking, water skiing, biking, fishing, running, walking, hunting...or whatever....it's all here. 

Into cycling? There is a plethora of bike trails for you to explore. It doesn't matter what your fitness level is...there is something out there for everyone.

Bitterroot Bike Trails

The map above shows 20 trails in the Bitterroot that range anywhere from 2.58 miles to 106.35 miles. Each trail has it's own page where you can see where it starts and ends. It also gives you the elevation levels so you can see the gain in elevation. You can even download the trail onto your smartphone. Here is the link to the trails. 

Want something more simple? There is a 51 mile paved bike trail that starts in Missoula and ends just south of Hamilton. Bitterroot Trails ... this trail isn't just limited to biking. It's for any form of recreation that is not motorized. I once saw a horse riding on the trail! This trail runs just along Highway 93 and will change from one side of the road to another. Along the trail you get to lay your eyes on both the Bitterroot & Sapphire Mountain Range. There will be many creeks and rivers to take a quick water break at if you need one. There are plenty of Park & Ride lots along the way so you can pick and choose where to park your car for the start your excursion. You can also plan your trek to coincide with points of interest (like restaurants, brewers or other fine establishments).

I will try to bring more reports on activities that can help you with your pursuit of healthy living. Who knows? I may even see you out there?

Happy Trails to You!

Posted in Lifestyle
Nov. 13, 2017

Why I Chose to Live in Montana

I recently moved to the Bitterroot Valley from Northeastern Arizona. It had a similar climate, topography and lifestyle. I uprooted a 14 year real estate career to start all over…I knew nobody in the Bitterroot Valley. People thought I was crazy to make such a drastic move and to recreate a business from scratch. But I did. And I couldn’t be happier!

The question I kept getting was,”Why move?” My answer was, “Because I can!” That was the best I could come up with. I like living in the small town of Hamilton. The people are friendly and helpful. When somebody honks at you it’s because they are saying hello…not the other reason. I like knowing that Missoula is only 45 minutes away in case I need “Retail Therapy.”  Bottom line…I like knowing where my food is coming from. The Farmer’s Market (which runs from May-October) offers more food than “art”. It is organically grown with no pesticides. There are multiple farms where you can buy stuff on your way home from work (just leave your money in the cigar box…really?) I can say that I met the farmer or rancher that put the food on my table. I think that is cool!

 

Yes, there is the hiking, fishing and hunting that happens here, too. I am working on that. Driving around town and seeing the snow-capped mountains and rivers that run along the highway put a smile on my face. I feel less stressed out and happy to be going wherever it is I am going. At home I enjoy the deer and turkeys that roam my front and back yards. This is where I am meant to be. I recently saw a picture about how people perceived Montana…I agree with the last one…this is where I really live…pinch me!

Posted in Lifestyle
July 31, 2017

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