A Walk: Triple Tree

If you’re looking for a stroll that will give you some views, you should consider taking the trail at Triple Tree Ranch. It’s mild for most of the way, with the trail rolling through open hills, a beautiful forest, and by massive houses. Watch out for the wildlife- we saw a turtle! The last part can get a little steep, but there was a boy who couldn’t have been more than 10 years old biking up it, so it definitely is do-able.

If you aren’t ready for a big hike or don’t have enough time, trails like these are good to check out.

The Beauty of Montana

My brother just moved here this past week, and it made me reflect on where we grew up, in the great state of New Hampshire (live free or die), and how I came to love this other great state of Montana.

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People often ask me if I think I’ll move back to the East coast after graduation, and I have to say… probably not. Both places are beautiful, but in such a different way. What I love about Montana’s beauty is how natural and amazing it is. The opportunities that Montana provides for those who love the outdoors is unmatched from what I have seen so far. Mountains of all elevation levels with trails of all difficulty levels, natural hot springs, places for climbers, crazy skiing for all types of skiers, cliff diving and floating in the summer, yellowstone natural park… the list goes on.

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I am reminded every day of why I love montana, when I wake up in time to see the sun rising or as I watch it set in the evening and it truly becomes Big Sky Country.
IMG_7135 If you come to Montana, take the time to see all that makes Montana natural and beautiful. You’ll soon love it just as much as me.

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Homecoming…

This picture is not from Homecoming, since I didn't go...

This picture is not from Homecoming, since I didn’t go… but it is at the stadium!

This past weekend was homecoming weekend, a time of excitement and fun for all college students. Or most. Not me, since I have basically no interest in football or large crowds of riled up sports fans.

However, I have gone to a couple of homecoming weekends in my years here, and can see the appeal.

The festivities started on Friday with the pep rally downtown, where the marching band goes through with the coach and football players to get everyone pepped up. I went last year and remember President Cruzado was there as well, and it was really cool to see the community come together in excitement over the game. There is a lot of Bobcat pride in Bozeman!

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Pi Phi and Kappa Sigma Float

Saturday morning was the homecoming parade. My sorority pairs up with a fraternity every year to build a float and participate, so that’s always a lot of fun. We get to throw candy out to all the little kids, who are always very happy with the amount they get!

Before the game and up until half-time, there is a lot of tailgating going on. It’s always a really happy atmosphere out where all the tailgates are. A word to the wise: If you are underage, do not try to drink. It is not worth all the repercussions you will face if caught!!

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The actual game is fun because the crowd is so crazy, and it’s fun being a part of the student section, filled with blue and gold. Just prepare yourself for all types of weather… it could be 90 degrees and sunny, or 30 degrees and raining/snowing. You have to be committed to stay past half time.

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Real football fan or not, it’s worth going to at least one just to see what the atmosphere is like. As a not football fan, one was probably good enough for me to get the feel and decide that could hold me over forever.

A little glimpse into your senior year….

This week, I barely have time to post because I feel so busy with school. Why does it seem that every professor chooses the same week for tests and due dates?? It’s like they get all together and plan to make my life miserable.

Here is what I have due this week:

  • Tuesday (today): one page paper on a poster I had to scan out of a book at the library
  • Wednesday: Developmental Psychology exam
  • Thursday: Research psychology 4-5 page paper due and quiz one; Program Plan and Administration exam one, Personal and family finance exam one and homework assignment due

That’s four quizzes and three assignments over the span of three days. I feel exhausted just thinking about it. Another fun thing to learn: when you get into your 400 level (senior level) classes, study guides are a thing of the past. So enjoy getting them when you are a freshman, because not having them makes exams seem impossible.

It is going to be a very good day after my thursday classes are over. I’ll give myself a 24 hour break before starting on my next assignment…

A Hike: Drinking Horse

Sunday afternoon was so nice that a couple of friends and I decided to go on a quick hike. We chose Drinking 1451534_10152975354318488_5422019819702232786_nHorse as our hike, as it’s about a 15 to 20 minute drive from our house and we heard it is quick and fairly easier (not as much of an elevation change as some other hikes). Drinking Horse is a hike right across from the M, which we had all done before, so we were looking forward to trying it.

Overall, the hike took us about one hour. There was a steep trail of .7 miles and an easy trail of .9 miles (although both seemed to look similarly difficult in incline). We decided to take the steep trail up after finding out that route is more shady, and the easy way down so we could see what both were like. It was definitely a leg workout going up parts of the steep trail and we stopped a couple of times at different lookout benches. It only took us about 30 minutes to go up though.

The summit was okay, definitely not as awesome as if you had taken a higher elevation/longer hike, and not as pretty as the M. It was kind of like a glorified hill. On the way back down, the views were much prettier on the easy trail than the steep. I would say it took us about 20 minutes to get down. We saw lots of people with their kids and their dogs both ways!

This was a good hike to do when you’re low on time and just want to get out, or if you have never done a hike in Montana before and want to do a little one to start.

Busy As Can Be

I promised a couple posts ago that I would post my schedule when I got the chance. So, here it is:

Monday:

  • Cycling class 6:15-7:45
  • Help Center Shfit 9-12
  • Work 2-4
  • Class: Psychology of Development 4:10-5
  • Dinner 5-6
  • Meetings 6-7

Tuesday:

  • Research Methods in Psychology 8-9:15
  • Family Program Planning 9:25-10:40
  • Family Finance 10:50-12:05
  • Family Policy 12:15-1:30
  • Work 1:30-2:30
  • VOICE Center Shift 2:30-4:30

Wednesday:

  • Cycling class 6:15-7:45
  • Work 9-12
  • Work 1-4
  • Class: Psychology of Development 4:10-5
  • VOICE Center meeting 5-6 every other week
  • Panhellenic meeting 6-6:30 every other week

Thursday:

  • Research Methods in Psychology 8-9:15
  • Family Program Planning 9:25-10:40
  • Family Finance 10:50-12:05
  • Family Policy 12:15-1:30
  • Work 1:30-2:30
  • VOICE Center Shift 2:30-4:30
  • Not In Our House Taskforce meeting once a month 5-6
  • Meeting with Advisor 5-6 weekly

Friday:

  • Work 8-12
  • Class: Psychology of Development 4:10-5

Sunday:

  • Exec council meeting 6-7pm

Plus, homework. And applying to graduate school for social work. And any other meetings that come up, because they always do.

That’s my life in a nutshell…

Hiking: Sacagawea Peak

Saturday, I started a hike up Sacagawea Peak around 10:30am, prepared with my hiking boots, camelback and a cliff bar, a hat and some sunscreen. And a dog and a friend.

P1010885The hike started off fairly easy through the woods for about ten minutes, and then we reached the bottom of the ridge we had to get up to. Hiking the ridge consisted of endless switchbacks with the sun bearing down on you, as you yearningly looked towards your destination. It took us about an hour to get up to the ridge (maybe a bit less than that), and I wouldn’t call it the easiest hour of my life.

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At the ridge, we took a little break to replenish, and then did the last thirty minutes up to the peak of Sacagawea. It was pretty windy for a while, making me wish I had a jacket, and very steep for all of it. I was pretty severely winded for the last few minutes.

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At the peak, the 360 views were well worth the hard hike. It was also gratifying to do the 2 miles of 2000ft of elevation in an hour and a half, to be on top of the highest peak of the Bridger mountain range.

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I highly suggest you try this hike for a quick morning activity. It is tough, but you won’t regret it. It is also right by fairly lake, where we stopped and checked out when we were done (you literally walk down some stairs and are there). If you go later in the day, you’ll run into a lot of dogs and families, so beware of that…

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27 New Angels!

Recruitment week is over for the sororities, meaning we are all celebrating add many new sisters to our chapters. Look at how big our Sorority community is now!

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Pi Phi, the sorority I am in (and the president of) has 27 new members. We call them new “angels” since the angel is our  symbol. We don’t get to know who our new members will be until the reveal, which is on “bid day”, the day that the new members receive invitations to join houses and decide if they will accept them or not. The new members reveal by unzipping a sweatshirt and showing what shirt their wearing, since each house creates a different shirt for the new members every year.

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The reveal itself was fun, but more fun was going back to Pi Phi after with everyone and playing games. We got to know each other, and spent a large portion of the night dancing on the arrow in front of our house and just having a good time!

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Recruitment week is tiring but so fun- I’m sad this will be my last one! Are you considering joining a sorority, fraternity, or some other group?

Back to it…

Summer has ended for me. I moved back into Pi Phi, my sorority, last Friday, and since then it’s been nothing but busy days! In Pi Phi, we’re preparing for recruitment, which starts next week. It’s been buzzing with energy here as everyone catches up on each others lives and has fun before they get too busy with school.

At work, I’ve been helping with Catapalooza, Orientation, and preparing for Fraternity/Sorority recruitment. I have never felt so slammed for time because of the amount of people coming in and calling the Dean of Students office with all kinds of questions while I try to get my other work done!

I have barely had time to post on here because I’ve been trying to get everything done that I need to before school starts, and because I wanted to have a relaxing weekend before this coming Monday hits and I’m really back to it!

Next week I’ll do a post about what the first week of school is all about for me! For now I need to get back to focusing on relaxing…

Backpacking: Gorge Lakes in the Pioneers

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Backpacking trip #2 was a success. Well, mostly,

I headed out on Friday with a couple of friends at about 4:30. It was about a 2 1/2 hour drive to get to the trailhead in the pioneers that goes to Gorge Lakes, our intended destination.

Warning: the road up to the trail head is not at all maintained, only meant for cars that can handle going over endless rocks and potholes. It’s a painful ride.

The hike was supposed to be about 3 hours at most, 3 miles, and not too much elevation gain.

Climbing down to the lake

Climbing down to the lake

The beginning was tough for me though, so one of our friends went ahead to get there before dark and set up camp, and I and another person were supposed to meet him there. Two hours later, we realized we were very, very lost. We were supposed to get there around 9, but at 10:30pm we were still bushwhacking in the dark with our headlamps on, and we decided it was time to call it quits. We set up camp in a rockfield we had climbed up, ate a cliff bar, and went to bed.

Warning: The trail is not maintained at all, so you need to have maps and be very careful about the route you take so you don’t end up lost like us. And stick together,

The next morning we were able to orient ourselves in the light and got to the lake/campsite in about 30 minutes. It was gorgeous! And well worth the adventure.

We spent Saturday and Sunday hanging out in the sun by the lake. My friends all did some fishing, and the lake was so full they caught a fish with just about every cast. It was a relaxing and well-spent weekend.

What adventures will you have when you’re out here?