I know we just went hiking, but I saw a window of opportunity, and since this summer looks to just keep getting busier, we went for it. The plan was to hike in the Crazy Mountains from the Half Moon trailhead to Blue Lake and then back down again (about eight miles round trip) in time to catch a Shakespeare in the Park performance of Henry V in Bridger. That did not pan out entirely, and here's why:
My buddy Mik is not a fan of hiking. In this photo, we've hiked just a short distance and found ourselves at a beautiful stream cascading down a rock formation. He climbed up a big boulder and sat down overlooking the white water. See that expression of contentment and wonder? Me neither.
It was slow going, but in the end, we got the kid up the mountain and back. NOT in time for Shakespeare—not even close—but this is one of the most gorgeous hikes I've ever been on, and I didn't mind the extra time to savor it. Plus, Mik is great company even when he's not exactly in his element.