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Fly rod in hand, I eased into the warm waters of the storied Madison River. My son, Ben, was just steps behind me, eager to wet his line. Despite my felt-bottomed shoes, I faltered slightly, slipping off the rounded, moss-covered rocks below my feet. "Here, take my hand," Ben said…
I don’t know why knowledge of this problem eluded me for so long. But I distinctly remember the moment, about a decade ago, when it came front and center. You might think I was deep in the African bush. But, no. I was sitting in a coffee shop in Bozeman,…
So often as parents we provide opportunities that aren’t valued until long after our children have left the nest. That’s why I was especially pleased to hear my teenaged daughter’s inspirational speech about voluntourism to her high school class. Not only was a volunteer vacation a life-changing experience for our…
Editor's Note: Teddy Hayes is taking a break from studying Economics and Spanish at Montana State University. He is one month in to a six month stay in Ecuador where he is studying Spanish, volunteering and traveling. At the moment, he is bunking with family friends who are spending more…
For many families, summer is a time of transition. Family schedules and structures take on new shapes and sizes. With September on the horizon, will there be more school supplies to buy? Or will the nest soon be emptying? This year, the warm summer breeze reminds me of an adventure…
I've made a moose mistake. My resident animal expert has pointed out a small detail I seemed to overlook last weekend. In an earlier post; I wrote about a special moment I had observed after I spent more than an hour admiring one larger and one smaller moose from the…
    The sound disturbed me on some primal level. Deep, mournful, incessant. Mother cows calling out for their young calves. Separated by fencing, the pairs would not be reunited until the day’s branding ritual was completed. I remember that Saturday like it was yesterday, the day I attended my first…
"Ok, everyone. Look at me and smile!” I snapped a picture of Tim, Katie and Matt standing at the exact gate where the bulls would be released during the upcoming San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain. “Everyone ready?” asked Tim. “Yes.” And thus our trek down the cobblestoned route of…
Lately, I have been thinking about and discussing with friends, family, and colleagues, the delicate balance we seek when managing risk, fear, preparation, wisdom, loss, knowledge and exploration. Perhaps our formula is different when the situation involves our children. Perhaps not. In recent weeks, I was in Hawaii with my…
I have always wanted to visit one of the 10th Mountain Division huts tucked high within Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Named to honor the men of the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army who trained during World War II in Central Colorado, the system of 29 backcountry huts are connected…

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