Yesterday turned out to be a great day. Stiff from wood crew, I started off going to the Simple Yoga studio in Hamilton and putting in an hour and a half getting warmed up with a core workout. Then Jenny and I were off to Kootenai Canyon for a couple hours of climbing highlighted with leading Elmo at the Outermost Limits wall a high quality 10.b mixed sport and tcu route followed by top roping the 11.b/c cave route to Outermost Limits. With a few hours left until we were planning to meet friends before the Furthur Concert at the Adams Center, I headed to Brennan's wave to cool off in the surf.
Jenny and I headed over to the Holiday Inn to meet up with some out of town friends and walked over to the Adams Center where we were treated to an excellent concert by the Furthur Festival. It was a sensational show, a great crowd, and super nice to see so many folks I liked.
Punctuated by an amazing second set of Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias> Fire on the Mountain, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh showed that they have kept their dream alive and filled Jerry Garcia's shoes admirably with an amazing lead guitarist and vocalist in John Kadlecik. With a full sound produced by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and solid and athletic drumming by Joe Russo, the Furthur Festival show at the Adams Center demonstrated that these guys know how to work, and they had the crowd begging for more. Ending the concert with Baby Blue and with Phil Lesh making an impassioned speech for being an organ donor (he is the recipient of a liver transplant), these guys have class and make outstanding music.
If there was a day in the passed few years which highlighted much that Western Montana has to offer during the summer, yesterday was it. But I am ready for the cool down of autumn on our doorstep.
With the alpine larch moving into their prime week of color this week will be a must see in the subalpine basins and peaks of Western Montana. Look for great color on St Joseph Peak, Lolo, and elsewhere in the mountains above 7000'. I am looking forward to getting out there with the camera.