Living the Summer

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”              

- Henry David Thoreau

What better time to enjoy the seasonal fruit than summer?! Here in Bozeman, berries grow plump and practically fall into buckets. Alongside berries, radishes, zucchinis, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and green beans joined the bounty’s basket in recent weeks. 

On a weekend backpacking trip in the Helena National Forest, my friend and I hiked in these vegetables we plucked at the farms close to home. It was such a treat to eat the multi-colored medley in the backcountry. 

Our destination, Cottonwood Lake, was more marsh than water. We finished eating as the sun set behind the rolling mountains. Unlike the rugged alpine terrain of the mountains near Bozeman, the Helena National Forest is a quiet beauty, with gentle angles and rolling horizons.

Here’s some photos from the adventure. And this link offers more information about the Blackfoot Meadows Trail to Cottonwood Lake.  Happy summer folks!