Polebridge, MT: What We Did This Summer

But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you. ― Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

As the season ends, and Monica is too busy with the final harvest to write a blog post, I’ll share an essay with you.

We hiked (a lot), dug a sand point well, tended a garden, defended ourselves against grasshopper swarms, stared at aspen groves, did some yurt-improvement projects, befriended (and then sadly hazed) a wolf, took naps in the meadow, savored pink sunsets and misty sunrises, read the Sunday paper, and generally marveled at the natural beauty all around us. So, here is my essay—”What We Did This Summer”—in pictures.


yellow flowers Logan Pass Under the aspen sunset over the yurt Sarah_Charlie_Chris Pink flowers Logan Pass Patrick_Monica_Highline Trail Oxeye Daisies:Noxious Weeds Our little shewolf New table in spotlight Moss on rocks GNPSONY DSC More sunset Monica @ Numa Peak Lookout Kintla Lake Kintla Lake 2 IMG_3119 IMG_3115 Hidden Lake hidden lake 2 Grasshopper CU Chris & Charlie dig a well Burned tree GNP Bowman Lake Birds on a wire aspen in the yard 2013 Harvest
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  1. So beautiful! Great pics, Chris. And…did you build the cabin? What’s the building in that one picture there? Curious to know your progress on that. Hope to see you guys again soon!


  2. This is amazing Monica! It’s such a special place. Thanks for sharing the photos and stories with us.


  3. Great photo essay! Thanks for sharing–beautiful scenes.


  4. Thanks Marion, Hilary, Yve & Angi! It is a magical place, photos don’t quite capture it all. To answer your question Marion, our cabin building project is coming along, albeit a little slower than hoped, not sure what building you’re asking about…perhaps our yurt in the sunset pic?


  5. Wow. What a gift you have been given to be able to not only live in such a beautiful place, but to also be able to appreciate it. How special. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Just amazing! Thanks for sharing. When the snow starts pelting, travel West to Seattle for a weekend. Mi Casa es su Casa.


  7. Absolutely gorgeous scenery captured beautifully by you and your camera!

    You must post in detail about the sand point well and how it is working for you!


  8. O, so very lovely, blue, pinks and greens and grays. I kind of think Chris took these wonderful photos. What an eye for the beauty of nature. Thanks for sharing.


  9. What a beautiful place to spend some of your days.


  10. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a delightful summer. It was great seeing you all a couple of weeks ago.


  11. Just magnificent. ….


  12. Bellissimo! Hoping all is well as Summer turns in to Fall. We were hoping to make it your way this summer, but as the Cubs always say……maybe next year. Look forward to the next post!


  13. Awesome, awesome photos!! And nice to hear your voice, Chris. 🙂


  14. Beautiful pix, beautiful writing. It was awesome meeting you guys in Missoula and chatting over a glass of wine!


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