Take a Hike!

Take a hike, a nature hike that is and leave the phone in your pocket.  Take a friend or two or three but take some time to get out there and enjoy nature.  I did just that and was so exhilarated that I don’t even remember my feet hurting after the 7 miles (actually I do but not enough to keep me from taking a hike).  The wildflowers were spectacular and the number of varieties were too many to count.  I always carry a camera just in case I see something wonderful, which is always!  At least these days many of the smart phones do such a nice job that there isn’t always a need to lug the heavy DSLR bundle.

Indian Paintbrush and Elk Thistle at Goat Flats

Indian Paintbrush and Elk Thistle at Goat Flats

This hike was to a place in Montana called Goat Flats.  It’s in the Pintler Anaconda Wilderness Area and has never been disappointing.  Here’s a small list of the wildflowers seen on the trail.

Indian Paintbrush, elk thistle, American bistort, lupine, milkvetch, yarrow, tall bluebells, yellow groundsel, bog orchid, asters and more.

One of the fun things about this hike is that you truly feel “on top of the world” when you reach the top of mountain.  It was one of the clearest days I’ve ever seen in a Montana summer so you could see forever.  No smoke!!

Vista View of Goat Flats at Storm Lake Pass

Vista View of Goat Flats at Storm Lake Pass

So, take a hike, even if it’s in a nearby city park. You’re sure to be inspired!

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