Johnny Certo,

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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 3:28pm Johnny Certo

Story Under the Stars is back.

The plane bore down on Cary Grant as the sound of whirling propellers filled the air. It got closer and louder, but at the last second, Grant dodged the diving crop-duster as it flew past. I turned around, half-expecting to see its rudder disappearing into the night sky. I saw trees and stars, but no plane. I refocused my attention to the screen and the first outdoor movie I'd ever attended, Hitchcock's classic thriller, North by Northwest.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 12:34pm Johnny Certo

White Sulphur's outdoor music fest.

I can't really grow a beard – not a manly one, anyway. So, until I can proudly display a full set of whiskers, I'll continue to be impressed by the group of men I saw at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. It was a hot July day in White Sulphur Springs, and the crowd was getting antsy. The prizes for the Montana State Beard & Moustache Competition were about to be handed out. The votes had been tallied for four categories: moustache, freestyle, partial beard, and full beard. At last the announcer emerged, sporting a vibrant red mane. He called the moustache group to the stage. I shook my head and smiled... only in Montana.

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:56pm Johnny Certo

Hiking with total strangers. 

I felt silly typing “Bozeman Hiking Groups” into the search bar. Is this necessary, or am I overthinking my dilemma? Do I even have a dilemma? Before answering any of these questions, I punched the return key.

Recently, I'd become frustrated with my friends' lack of hiking enthusiasm. Every time I wanted to go, they had an excuse, so I sought the next best thing, and after five minutes of perusing a few sites, I joined the Bozeman Adventure Club. I'd never done anything like this before so I was bit nervous. I felt as though I'd be labeled a newcomer and suffer a cruel initiation ritual. But I swallowed my pride and signed up for the next scheduled activity: a hike up Triple Tree.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 5:48pm Johnny Certo

My introduction to disc golf.

On a recent bright and brisk summer afternoon, I joined my friends for a trip up Bridger Canyon to the disc-golf course at Battle Ridge. My buddies have been folfing for a while and always encourage me to try it, but I'd been reluctant to join – I pictured them rolling their eyes at my inept tosses and snickering as I lost a disc in the trees. Despite this trepidation, I piled into the car and headed for the course.

disc golf, bozeman, battle ridge 

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