Big Sky daze

I never have particularly good film or shots of skiing as I simply am engrossed in, well skiing.  The silence, beauty, physicality, challenges to overcome, thrills and camaraderie.  Skiing to me is a sort of coming home, and skiing in Montana is the best sort.  This is a poor mans homage to that but a bit of fun at least.

The lunch yurt in the back off of Shedhorn is always a lovely break and I was thrilled have a healthy enough year to start getting into the Headwaters in Moonlight.  Daunting and awesome!

Horsing Around at Lone Mountain Ranch

I adore these guys, they are massive 2000 pound goofballs from tug of war, to bunny hops and trying to mouth everything in sight, they are such show offs and fun to chill with.  I love heading to Lone Mountain Ranch to hang with these gorgeous boys.

"I'm a trained professional, lady, I can hold this cute as long as it takes until you get the shot."

Skijoring Bozeman

Not for the faint of heart the Duckworth Montana Classic run by the Gallatin Valley Skijoring Association in Bozeman on Saturday was an awesome festival of horses, cowboys and cowgirl, nutty ex ski racers, dogs, fun, stupidity, speed, beer, fun and friends.  I was in heaven!

Each categories the riders and skiers got faster and bolder with the Pro racers competing for big money.  The horses flew by at a full on gallop, rider pushing them faster, as their skier slalomed through gates, over three significant jumps-landing on teeth jarring flats, while grabbing the three rings - any faults caused an addition of 5 seconds to the teams finishing time.  In true ski racer form (and rodeo style, I imagine, I have less experience in this area) after the teams showed their serious skills down the track, they then showed their party skills on the return, juggling beers in the saddle or while ski skating or being towed.  And yes, Montanans' included, we were pretty damned impressed.

I mean really, what could be more perfect than a combination of all the best things in life - skiing, horses, Montana, snow, friends and a bit of alcohol on a gorgeous winter saturday afternoon. 

The Questions we Ask!" Bruce Kirkby

I love LOVE this in all its simple explosive accessible wisdom, and his perfect kicker!

"It is the questions we ask...shape our path"

"What is adventure... I'm not so sure we know these days.
Movie and magazines all scream extreme, goretex suits and vertical routes. 
Foreign trips and big cliff hits. 
But that's not the heart of it.
Adventure is curiosity.
The willingness to embrace uncertainty, wondering about the possibility of doing just one thing differently than before."

A Classic Must See TED Talk

I was chatting with someone about body posture today and Amy Cuddy's amazing TED talk came up again, it seems to always come up!  If you have not seen this it is a must, it encapsulates so much that is essential in our time; about TED, about science, research, education and the power of belief in changing and improving yourself, and about the importance of sharing what it is you find with others.