Missoula

I was in Montana this past week for a conference…4th Global Vegetation Workshop put on by Steven Running and his Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG).   The overarching theme was climate science and global observations of land cover change (think deforestation), use, and carbon cycling.

Anywho – a pretty thorough workshop of current and future science projects, including a significant amount of discussion of planned satellite observation missions.

We also had some great social events planned including a picnic at the Lubrecht Experiemental Forest and a BBQ at the Snowbowl ski resort

Not to be denied some biking I rented a Niner Jet 9 from Missoula Bicycle Works and got in 3 rides (twice at the crack-o-smack in the morning and once in the evening).  I also got up early one morning and hiked to the M above town.  Some pix below.

view from my room                    above town                        sunrise above the “M”

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sunrise mtb ride                     climbing up                         snow capped

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Mr Bear?  Hello Mr Bear?

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The riding was great.  Nothing as technical as what we have here, but sooo much fun.  Buff, often steep, single track.  Basically bust a lung climbing up for 25-45 minutes and bomb back down in less than 20.  Repeat as necessary.  I saw a bunch of mulies, including bambi hiding just on the edge of the trail and it’s mom standing it’s ground in front of me, but no bears.  Luckily.  5:40am it was barely light out and with no one around I would have made for a nice Griz snack.

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~ by Indy on June 21, 2009.

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