I am just back from a wonderful weekend knitting retreat put on by A Grand Yarn, yarn shop in Spokane, WA, that specializes in Indy Dyers - pretty great, eh! I was invited to give a presentation about dyeing, photography, and nature as part of several hands-on dyeing activities they had planned.
The retreat was held in Whitefish, MT, and the weather was perfect! I gave my powerpoint presentation in the morning, and in the afternoon we went to the back yard of the lovely Good Medicine Lodge for our dye activities. The mountains watched over us.
I belong to a wonderful group of fiber artists who meet every Thursday. A few weeks ago, we met at Libby's house. Libby lives in a small valley in the Sapphire Mountains. She has no electricity and a long dirt road off the main highway. And she has Cashmere goats, and a loyal livestock guard dog.
Last week, Charlie and I hiked up to Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. The Chalet is accessible only by hiking or on horseback. We climbed 3300 feet over 6.7 miles, starting at Lake McDonald. It was stenuous and glorious, and the glass of lemonade provided when we got to the top tasted like nectar, and made me feel like this:
Just back from a week-long stay in the Centennial Valley, about 25 miles west of West Yellowstone. At about 6000 ft elevation, and surrounded by mountains, it was a great place to spend the recent western heat wave. We stayed at the Elk Lake Resort, our favorite kind of place to stay - comfortable, clean cabins in a lovely remote location, good food and nice helpful hosts.
Charlie took photos and I knit whenever possible. That's me knitting on a plank bridge near the mouth of the Hellroaring Creek.
My weekend as a vendor at the Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival in Hamilton, MT was wonderful! I met so many interesting people who love fiber and color. I loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The organizers did a terrific job!
Yesterday, my husband, son and I hiked up to the Lewis and Clark Pass, east of Lincoln, MT, one of the prettiest hikes I know. The wildflowers on this hike were spectacular and promise to be even better in a few weeks. The hike continues along the Continental Divide Trail, where we saw these two pretty flowers (Alpine Forget-me-not and .... can anyone ID this one?).
My husband, Charlie, and I spent Mothers Day weekend at Glacier National Park. On Mothers Day, we rented bikes and rode up the Going to the Sun Road, past where it is closed for construction and snow clearing, at Avalanche. Charlie cycled with 35+ lb of camera equipment on his back, and was rewarded with 398 photos of harlequin ducks.
We spent the past weekend in Yellowstone National Park, one of our favorite places. My husband photographs, and I watch for wildlife, drive, and knit while he photographs. Bison were everywhere, but only a few had given birth to their adorable orange babies. We watched this one, her umbilical cord still showing, nurse, toddle after her Mom, and then suddenly scamper at top speed in huge circles around mom. Then she lay down, had a bath, and both she and mom went to sleep.
For this part of April, every facility in the park is closed, except for a few rest rooms (thank goodness!), and there are very few visitors.
From our home in western Montana, we are surrounded by beautiful places: Yellowstone National Park is five hours away by car, Glacier National Park is only about 4 hours. The National Bison Range, next to the Mission Mountains is an easy day trip. The images are from the National Bison Range.