This is part 5 in a series of blog posts that I am dedication to my favorite photos of 2009. Today’s inductee and now a resident in my “Mountains” photo album is “Montana“. I took this photo April 12th, 2009 at 6:28 AM just 28 minutes from yesterday’s photo. I was headed to Butte to see Bob and go riding and Montana welcomed me with beautiful mountain scenes. I like this photo because of the colors and the stark whiteness of the mountain tops that interrupt the color. I called it Montana because it is these scenes that brought me back home to Montana many years ago.

I got up this morning to hit the trails first thing before it warmed up. The sun was just starting to make an appearance when i went outside to check conditions. It was freaking warm and the birds were out chirping. I feared mud and slush.

I reached the trails up to Pattee (MoZ Trail) and found them bone dry. Coming back I ripped the downhill so hard South Sentinel was surprised to find its shorts down around its ankles. Embarrassed it shrug me off its slopes.

In the interior of Pattee and Crazy (what we call em) it was ice and real firm snow. Perfect conditions for screw tires. I had a blast and even climbed Sentinel to salute the city below for the second weekend in a row. I sit now at Green Hanger, doing laundry, and contemplating tomorrow’s 5 hour ride. Want to go? Call.

Montana from Wiki, “The western third of the state contains numerous mountain ranges; other ‘island’ ranges are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state’s name, derived from the Spanish word monta

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