Normally in Montana August is the hottest month of the year. The sun comes up early and lingers until well past the bed time of school children. Afternoons in the shade or at the river become necessary against heat stroke with day after day of 100+ heat and nights that rarely dip below 80. This year however we have a frost warning for gardens whose tomatoes are just now beginning to ripen. Nearly a week of rain and 60 degree days have put the forest fires to bed and given the forest a new blush of green. Taking a day off from all work my son and I took a walk down from the cabin to the creek. Our walks are times to talk about anything from the ancient history of the rocky mountains to the latest episode of Cosmos or the philosophy of the Prime Directive. It is a game to see who can find the most interesting plant or coolest ‘thing’. Today we took to looking for fungi
We reached the creek finding only a few more but of the same types.
Heading back up we started talking about the old stumps that are dotted along the trail, some of them ten feet across. From the mining and the logging in the area we spoke of the ethics of both and about where those lines might be. Just as we were headed back up, where the cedars still held the cool air and made for deep shade we found this little treasure. Tonight we will be trying to find out what its name is.
The weather was perfect today but the cool weather reminds me how quickly winter will be back and there is still much to get done on the little cabin before the snow flies. With school season creeping up on us it easy to forget to savour the weather and the long days. Be sure to take the time. Our walks will soon become backed up with research and he will be making his own blog about being home schooled off grid in a modern world.