5 Jan 2010

Freezing Montana & Back In Sooke

It's been awhile, no good reason. Last update we were leaving Jackson, WY. Jackson itself and the house we stayed at was OK but down the list on places we've been to. Also, the snow wasn't great for skiing at Jackson Hole

On to Bozeman, MT

The drive was a bit sketchy, especially the areas in and around Yellowstone. Beautiful, but snowing

After cruising through very white Idaho we arrived in Montana

Our place in Montana was about 5 miles outside of Bozeman on 40 acres

These are our neighbours across the street

It was great for running from the house. The driveway itself was 0.3 miles and the road was 1.7 miles long. Here it is running towards state land

It was bitter cold much of the time. I ran half the time with Hudson, including a Hudson record 4.2 miles. The other half the time it was too cold for him. Many mornings I was running in -9 degrees (Fahrenheit). Sometimes I'd have to take a break to let the ice in my hair melt

Christmas was fun! Since we're on the road, we decided to keep stress low and buy for ourselves and have the other unwrap the other's presents. Maureen bought herself a Kindle and some Kindle accessories. I bought myself The X-Files, DVD Seasons 1-4 (huge bargain, $18/season), The Haunting Complete DVD Collection, some books, some running touques and some official Canada Olympic gear from The Hudson's Bay Company

As you can see Hudson "loved" his new collar and leash

Here's a beautiful shot of the full moon setting from our porch

And a glorious sunset

And our car in a ditch, whoooops!

We went cross country skiing at Bohart Ranch 3x and had a blast! http://www.bohartranchxcski.com/

I wish we could go more often. The first time we took lessons and had a superb instructor. Here are a few pics from the New Year's Day

Sadly it was time to leave - and even more sad back to work after 2 weeks off. We decided to spend January on Vancouver Island in Sooke, my favorite place in the world. First we swung through Seattle for a night to drop things off at the Father-in-Laws

We packed up Grumpus and started the 550-mile drive...


...snowy Idaho...

...and finally the great state of Washington...

When we finally arrived at 10pm...it was raining

We arrived in Sooke today and began fulfilling my 2010 Goal of 1,000 miles of running, up here on the great Galloping Goose Trail. It's like the Burke-Gilman except through the woods on the water. 997.2 miles to go...


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