With the mercury topping out around 95 degrees in most of western Montana lately, it is obvious that summer is here fo' real. While that's hot, it's laughable by the rest of the country's standards. Nonetheless, I'll take it ... gladly! The hot conditions lately are responsible for me having a great birthday with family, attempting to do some river surfing on the 4th of July, shooting photos around town (between dips in the river), and generally enjoying some amazing evenings sitting around the fire pit (which is actually a wheelbarrow). Here are a few images from the last week or so.


I feel like I have been playing a proverbial game of wack-a-mole lately in life. You know that game where a mole pops up and you smack it down? Well it's like that, but instead of moles, it's opened projects and unfinished business I have been trying to manage. It's necessary to start something before the other thing is put to rest I suppose, but at times it can seem like a circus with many, many loose ends. However, in the middle of these "projects," I found myself in Seattle for a few days and have to say that the change of pace and scenery, and quite frankly the change in the smell of the air did me a ton of good. The highlights of this trip for me include:

• Going to my first-ever baseball game. (I know, i know....i've just never been a baseball fan). • Staying at the Ace Hotel. Surprisingly, not as great as I imagined. (And come on Ace, a hook near the shower for a guy's towel isn't too much to ask for is it?) • Being in the Pacific NW on 4 consecutive, sunny, warm days. (Damn right we're going to the top of the Space Needle to look around!) • Walking around with no purpose (which was my purpose) taking photos of everything I could.

Here are a few pics from the Emerald City.