The Bozeman Bowl

This past weekend, I engaged in some nostalgia and went bowling with some friends.

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We went to a bowling alley right off of mainstreet (downtown) in bozeman, a place called the Bozeman Bowl. It costed $9.50 total for my shoes and two games. Everything had to be paid forIMG_7359 with cash, so that was a little frustrating in this day and age, but I quickly got over it. I also am not sure what their policy is with underagers because there is a bar there, but there were tons of kids around so I’m thinking there isn’t one?

On my first turn, I bowled a strike, which made me feel awesome. I got third place out of 7 in the first game!! After that my abilities quickly went downhill and I remained in last place for the entire second game… oh well.

It was fun overall. If you’re looking for a way to kill time that’s relatively cheap, you might wanna check out the Bozeman Bowl.

Food: Pita Pit

Now, let me start off by saying I have never personally ordered anything from Pita Pit and probably never will, because have this weird thing against pita’s… However, it is a college student favorite, so it definitely deserves a post so you know what your options are for food in bozeman.

Pita Pit seems the be a fan favorite because:

  1. It’s cheap
  2. Variety of options- get a classic pita, build your own, whatever
  3. It’s downtown- convenient for those who are 21 and out and about or if you want to explore
  4. It’s quick- the perfect to go food
  5. They deliver- you don’t even have to leave your room!
  6. It’s good (I can not personally attest for this, but I have never heard any complaints)

If you’re looking for a quick and easy Bozeman classic, Pita Pit may be the way to go.

A Hike: Sypes Canyon Round 2

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This weekend was uncharacteristically awesome for this time of year, so some friends and my brother and I decided to take advantage by going on a hike. We hiked Sypes Canyon, which is about a 2 mile, 1,000 elevation gain hike in the bridgers. It was the second time I’ve done it and I found it to be equally as beautiful as the first time.

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Sypes is a great place to hike because it is quick and the scenery varies. You go through a lot of forest and wind up a trail towards the “summit”, where the views are amazing. If you want to keep going along the ridge, you can make it out to the M I’m pretty sure after about 7 miles. We didn’t have the time or energy since we started later in the day and got done around dinner time and were starving. I would suggest it as a good day hike though for anyone interested in getting out there!

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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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