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Excuses.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a brand new journey – I’ve been mountaineering loads, however staying fairly near Hays, principally doing walks that I’ve already featured on this weblog. I’m nonetheless educating highschool science too, and I lately began an archery program at Hays-Lodge Pole Excessive Faculty – each have stored me busy in a enjoyable form of approach. Life is sweet.

FYI – I’ve arrange a GoFundMe web site for the archery program (see hyperlink beneath).

It’s a Hello-Line factor.
It had been a number of weeks since I ventured very removed from Hays, so I used to be trying ahead to going to Havre to purchase some groceries and choose up a couple of supplies for lab actions. The sensation of anticipation jogged my memory of after I was an actual little child rising up in Harlem – we used to assume Havre was the hub of civilization, and going there was a extremely huge deal. “BETTER BUYS AT BUTTREY’S” (fellow child boomers will get it). So long as I used to be within the space, I made a decision to drive down and take a look at Mt. Otis in Beavercreek Park, about 20 miles south of Havre (on Saturday Nov. 13, 2021).

Quick and candy.
The hike to the highest of Mt. Otis is simply two miles round-trip with 700 ft of elevation achieve – by far the best hike featured on this weblog up to now. It begins at a trailhead in Mooney Coulee and switch-backs up throughout the south aspect of the mountain. A bench on the summit gives a pleasant spot to sit down and luxuriate in nice views of the encircling space. On a transparent day, you’ll be able to see the Candy Grass Hills north of Chester. It will be an awesome hike for households with younger youngsters, permitting them to expertise that “prime of the world feeling” – whetting their urge for food, with out overwhelming them. For those who go, I like to recommend the early fall when the aspen in Mooney Coulee are sporting their fall colours.

And also you thought I used to be loopy.
I wished to get some train, so I hiked up Otis thrice earlier than heading again into the hub of civilization to do my buying. I used to be feeling fairly good about my exercise till a buddy (a lot youthful) informed me that he as soon as parked his automotive on the base, hiked up Otis, ran down from the summit to the reservation line (on Beavercreek Highway) and again up Otis six instances for a complete of 35 miles. He began at 9 PM and ended at 5 AM!

Beneath: This map marks hikes which have been featured on bigskywalker.com up to now, together with a number of in Glacier Park – Choose full display screen to develop, zoom in for extra element, or click on on a marker for a hyperlink to the put up.

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