After a month abroad, returning to Montana is an amazing feeling. Reconnecting with where we live is usually top of the list for me and luckily my daughter has been getting into kayaking in between long hikes in the Bitterroots to get in shape for soccer season. We have paddled on the Blackfoot River, the West Fork of the Bitterroot and today I managed an amazing session in Missoula on Brennan's Wave in the Tiger Striped Superstar, which I picked up from Luke and KB at the Stongwater Surf Shop. Moving onto the gorge this Sunday, with hot weather still predicted, it should be a great introduction to my daughter who never grins so widely as when she is in the waves in her kayak. River flows are staying solid enough for floating most reaches, and it has been a great way to cool off this hot passed week and work the rust out of some boating skills I have been neglecting in favor of skiing into July this passed summer.
I look forward to contributing to the Montana Headwall Blog this coming season. This late summer and fall, I will be focusing on kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing but should be able to get out for some high mountain adventures as well. The only known trip to look forward to now is a self support Selway kayak trip I will be on next weekend. I will bring the GoPro and capture some good in river action.