Montana Adventures

a hike in Helena, Montana to the top of Mt. ascension | willfrolicforfood.com blueberries and huckleberries in montana | willfrolicforfood.com blackfoot tribe teepees in montana amidst smoke from wildfires | willfrolicforfood.com buddha shrine in Montana | willfrolicforfood.com The ash is snowflakes. The skyline obscured by smoke like fog. I take a drink from the public water fountain, metal tarnished white with calcium. I sit by the cement dock. Watch murky water approach and retreat. A meadowlark hobbles through the parking lot. Three sparrows edge the sky. My sister-in-law silently packs out our raft. Sandwiches, beer. I spin my polyester sunhat in my hands. Set my sunglasses on my head.

An old silver motorboat floats down the river. Man, woman, dog, fishing poles. Beneath the water sea grass swirls in unending graceful loops. Fish settle and swim. Beyond the bridge, brigades of bandy-legged blue herons lope through shallows. I’m shore bound in leather boots.

Somewhere not too far from here hundreds of acres are on fire. Beyond the mountains, plains, river. I’m weaving my hair into braids. Thinking of bison chased over cliffs, twisting in shocked piles, voices blaring in fear. Thinking of aquifers gone dry, species disappeared, the life of the West. Thinking of sleeping under stars, of snakes in the coals, of hard, dreamless nights. Thinking of great quarries filled with poison. One hundred white geese floating, then sinking.

Here in the untamed West, where we let vices blossom, bludgeon beauty, bear brutality, then sleep quiet and unseen under golden mountains, golden moon. Here where small towns are built on bones and dreams. Here the bear lumbers, the coyote creeps, the bison circles in man-made pens. Here I tie my hair. I step into the raft. I pop a beer. And I float.

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strawberry matcha milkshake + lazy matcha granola | vegan recipe via willfrolicforfood.com

Strawberry Matcha Smoothie with Lazy Matcha Granola

I often make smoothies before teaching and practicing yoga. If I don’t eat something before physical activity during mid-morning my metabolism catches on fire. It’s hard for me to tell when I’m actually full for the rest of the day. I’ll end up grazing / snacking and then eating way too much for lunch and…

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Whenever my parents come to visit Logan and I go into full on tidy / cleaning mode. My dad is a bit of a neat freak and is very observant. It’s a gift and a curse. I’m less observant. No, scratch that. I pretty much experience life as an impressionist painting, with no hard lines. For example, when…

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Hippie Harvest Hemp Gazpacho

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Cicadas weaving waves of sound, chitter rising and falling. Crickets calling out to mates in the cool, damp morning. The hum of quiet sunrise. Almost like I can hear the dew exploding out into steam. Or  the sigh of crepe myrtles’ thick magenta blossoms banging against each other. Or the creep of wild grape curling…

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It has arrived. The change of pace that comes with the flow in and out of seasons. Whether I like it or not, it’s here. My blood beats to the new drum beat. My brain grows keen and focused. It must be the after-glow of a life spent in class rooms. Every August, the feeling…

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