Mountains of Montana

Mountains of Montana

Headwaters Camp Trail – Pioneer Mountain View

Architect’s Journal Entry

MOUNTAINS OF MONTANA #djawest :   Well the day finally came.  I had postponed the dreaded walk since the very day I had arrived early last week.  My discomfort in taking a quiet trek near the origins of the Gallatin River by way of the Headwaters Camp trail wasn’t due to impossibly deep snow; where only a couple of inches had accumulated and that in the heart of winter would have easily equaled several feet.  Nor was there any concern for Grizzly Bears known to frequent these parts; that during a period of hyper-aphasia or storing of last minute calories may have decided that I was the equivalent of a Happy Meal.  No, the real crux of the problem was that I had saved this one remaining experience over a week long visit in review of completed works for my last day, and now that day had come all too quickly.

Words cannot possibly begin to convey a feeling or emotion well enough to be shared or understood by others.  How does one capture the sense of place, song, passage or remembrance that moves the heart or soul?  Such things are often deeply personal and occur in a moment of silence; the kind of silence I had experienced while in the palm of Lone Mountain, the Pioneer Range and Cedar located deep within the confines of the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana http://www.yellowstoneclub.com/  I was once again humbled and pretty sure that it was a hapless snow flake that had caused my eyes to blur in a swell of appreciation, admiration and respect for this magnificent place.

Front page news of the economy, war, politics and paying the bills have been too much of a distraction for all of us in recent days and during this final walk of solitude the mountains gave me pause, perspective and demanded my full attention in a way that only this kind of place could.

During this time of uncertainty may we all think of the Mountains…for our walk in life can sometimes be too brief and may pass all too quickly; be grateful for family, friends and distant places.  For true value resides in such things; events and circumstance will change by the day, however may the things that matter most to you and yours remain forever like the Mountains of Montana!’  http://www.djawest.com/

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If your Life was measured in Summers, where would you spend them?

If your Life was measured in Summers

View of Teton Range interior of the Bar BC Ranch

IF YOUR LIFE WAS MEASURED IN SUMMERS #djawest Tired, perhaps even a little sore you rise for another morning; one more cup of coffee and a tense commute to the office…the trip home will likely be more of the same.  Undoubtedly, the sacrifices have all been worth while; the kids are in college or have transitioned into promising careers, the mortgage is manageable and a little personal time for reflection seems to be more of the norm.

So what will be next in the grand scheme of things?  If you are like me, “quality of life” seems to occupy my thoughts more than I’d care to admit.

Pausing for just a moment, go find a tape measure; put your left thumb on your current age and place your right on 72.  This approach provides a great visual for really comprehending the number of quality years remaining as contrasted to say an average person.  Now let’s take that number and convert them into summers.  And so there it is…if your remaining life was measured in summers, where would you spend them?

For me remote jagged mountains and blue skies speak to my most inner passion and love of life.  There are few other places that really affect me as deeply and spiritually as does our unspoiled western landscapes of the Rocky Mountains; and very few that speak as loudly as Jackson Hole’s Bar BC Ranch http://www.barbcranch.com/ (see pic inset).

Humbled describes best how I feel when visiting this very special community; an historical 1,400 acre Ranch located in one of Wyoming’s most scenic corridors and at the confluence of the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers.  It doesn’t really matter what your life’s circumstance may be…the Teton Mountain Range, Teton National Park and blue skies for as far as the eye can see will absolutely command your attention.

In final word, I find it comforting knowing that some things are difficult to measure in years or inches; that there are ridgelines and river bottoms I may never walk, snow flakes and fish I’ll never catch…and just knowing that they exist certainly adds to my quality of life; God willing…the remainder of my summers will be spent in the splendor of our beautiful American West.  http://www.djawest.com/