It's a wonderful time to be a folfer. Or frolfer. Or disc golfer. Not only is the weather finally making strides toward summer, but when it comes to folfing, changes abound. Grab your discs, a buddy and some beer, the season is here. Maybe you've been to Blue Mountain recently, rainy as it's been, and noticed your game going to new levels. That would be due to a new and nearly complete set of level rubber tee pads, courtesy of the Garden City Flyers. What a difference it makes, not tripping over rocks in an attempt to make a disc soar 400 feet. Or 40 feet, if you're still working on your flick.
Elsewhere in folf news, there's a new private course near Johnsrud at Kind Swine BBQ on Highway 200. Yes, our dreams have come true. You can start your day with a float and end it with a round of disc. It's been community tested and now deliberations are on for what membership, pricing and hours will entail. The final details weren't available by press time, but you can check Kind Swine's Facebook page for updates.
Oh, we almost missed you, Snowbowl! The summer season, which includes lift access to bike trails and a high-altitude folf course, opened June 23. They'll be open regularly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the $8 lift running from noon to 5 p.m.
Drum roll for the big announcement. ... Nah, you marked your calendars, it's no surprise: The recently restored Pattee Canyon course opens for the season on Monday, July 1. With luck, all its isolated regrowth will be in full bloom as you wait your turn to navigate the narrow lines or dig through the tall grass for a crappy shot.
Step 1: Buy some discs at Bob Ward's or Play It Again Sports. Step 2: Drive or bike to a local course (easy directions available at gardencityflyers.org). Step 3: Throw discs, be courteous and have fun.
THURSDAY JUNE 28
For summertime learning and such, the Montana Natural History Center's miniNaturalists Pre-K Program has moved to the Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens. Bugs, dirt and explorations abound. 10–11 AM. $3/$1 for members. Visit montananaturalist.org.
The Montana Whitewater Championships take place at Brennan's Wave. Check it, then try it. 11 AM–8 PM. Free.
If I know me, I'll be crowing about the three-day Bowhunter Education Course taking place at the Hamilton Courthouse. Go to fwp.mt.gov and click on the Hunter Education tab. 6–9:30 PM. Field course on Sat., June 30.
FRIDAY JUNE 29
The Wilderness Institute at UM invites you to volunteer for the best day during Middle Fork of the Judith River Monitoring. Experienced trip leaders guide small groups of volunteers to study areas and gather data. Free. Call Flynn at 243-5361 for specifics.
Meriwether Lewis called the Lubrecht Experimental Forest the "prairie of the knobs," and that's where you'll meet for the Montana Native Plant Society's annual meeting, which starts today and continues through Sunday, July 1. Register between 3 PM and 6 PM, then eat dinner and party with other plant lovers and spend the next couple of days field-tripping through places such as Garnet Ghost Town and Swan Valley wetlands and discussing plants. $30/$10 kids, plus meal and lodging fees. Go to mtnativeplants.org for more info and to register online.
Active outdoor lovers are invited to the Mountain Sports Club's weekly meeting to talk about past glories and upcoming activities. Swan River Inn. 6–8 PM. Free.
Get back in shape and learn something new at Freestone Climbing Gym's Intro to Bouldering course, which introduces basic techniques, safety stuff, ethics and more. Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and two weeks of unlimited climbing. 935 Toole. 7–8:30 PM. $40.
John Clayton illuminates folks about the life of author Caroline Lockhart during the Evening Program at Beavertail Hill State Park. Lockhart had a rosy view of the West in her novels, so she moved to Montana in the 1920s to give it a try. Find out how she did. The park is located 26 miles east of Missoula on I-90. 8 PM. Free.
SATURDAY JUNE 30
Mile-high meadows await those who take part in the Lolo Pass Mountain to Meadow Half Marathon and 5K. The event begins at the Lolo Pass Visitor's Center and passes through Packer Meadows, a historic Nez Perce travel route. Join the higher-ups at runlolopass.org.
Hobie Hare takes the roundabout way and shows off the wonders of Upper Gold Creek during MNHC's Saturday Discovery Day. 9 AM–3 PM. $25/$15 children and $20/$10 children for members. Visit montananaturalist.org.
Hey, I don't like walking! Jokes. You know me better than that, and if you like it, too, check out the inaugural Footloose Montana Dog Walk. No dog? No problem. Grab an adoptable pooch and take her for a stroll. There are one- and three-mile loops, bbq action, T-shirts, raffles and music. Hosted by Noah's Ark Veterinary Hospital. 104 Sheafman Creek Rd., Victor. 6 PM. $20/$15 pre-reg.
John Clayton illuminates folks about the life of author Caroline Lockhart during the Evening Program at Salmon Lake State Park. Lockhart had a rosy view of the West in her novels, so she moved to Montana in the 1920s to give it a try. Find out how she did. The park is located five miles south of Seeley Lake on Hwy. 83. 8 PM. Free.
THURSDAY JULY 5
You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.