Baby, It's Cold Outside

With winter just around the corner, it’s important to understand the different options for heating your home. Here’s a look at three different ways to stay comfortable when the mercury drops.

The Sun’s Radiance

by Todd Hoitsma 

Hitchhiking 101

By most accounts, hitchhiking has devolved from a commonplace it's-all-good-bro kind of '60s sci-fi adventure to a life-threatening how-badly-do-I-need-to-get-to-Spokane art form. Like most dangerous pursuits, though, it's the stuff epic stories are made of. So to do it right, follow these time-tested rules. 

1. It will rain on you. Dress and plan accordingly. 

2. Beers, weed, and other favors go a long way. Tip your driver. 

3. Travel alone, and shower. It's easier to pick up one clean-looking person than three bearded homeless-looking people. 

Pocket Change

I am passionately attracted to the state of Montana: Chico Hot Springs, the Crazies, Livingston, the truly amazing Corral Burger. All are powerful individually; collectively, though, they fuel an overwhelming desire to move to Montana. Move myself, move my wife, Michele, move our young son, Holden. Someday, move to Montana.

Tick Safety 101

As the summer sun beats down, everyone knows to apply sunscreen and drink plenty of water—but what about parasites? Those nasty little bloodsuckers are out there, waiting to use your body (and your dog's!) to fuel their own. We'll discuss mosquitos and leeches another time; for now, our friends at the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) are spreading the word about one of the season’s biggest, but rarely mentioned, dangers—the tick.

Dog Doos and Don'ts

I am a dog owner—a diligent, doo-discarding dog owner. My neighbors are also dog owners—indifferent, dookie-slinging dog owners. Yep, they pitch poo. I share a square of grass, a popular toilet for many dogs, with the feces-flinging monkeys. I pick up all the piles of poop that land on the patch, regardless of whose mutt made it; but even though it’s a daily “doody” of mine, I can’t patrol the plot 24/7. 

Safety in Stale Water

Summertime is play-in-the-water time, and our dogs like to splash around in lakes and ponds just as we do. But the aquatic world around us isn’t always as benign as it looks. As you enjoy the warm weather this summer, keep in mind that there are dangers lurking beneath the water. And as a responsible animal owner, you need to be aware and take the proper precautions—for your own pet’s safety and that of others.

 

Giardiasis

Hot-Blooded

Hot summer days in Bozeman usually mean fun and adventure, but if you’re not careful, they can mean something else: heat stroke. In reality, most people who suffer from heat-related illness don’t immediately progress to extreme symptoms like altered mental function and anhidrosis (the inability to sweat due to severe dehydration), so look for the early signs: headache, fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. A few preventative measures will help keep you outside this summer instead of searching for the nearest emergency room.

Bozeman Vs. Duluth

This little northern oasis has escaped battling us for far too long. Great Lakes, thriving outdoor culture, and a staggering trail system all make Duluth a force to be reckoned with—but how does this Minnesota town stack up to Bozeman’s endless outdoor opportunities? Close your eyes, kids—this one might get ugly.


Trails

By the Numbers: Running edition

~43,000,000: total runners in the U.S.

26.1: miles the typical runner logs in one week

85: days per year the typical runner runs

13%: increase in outdoor running participation since last year

3.2: pairs of shoes purchased by typical runner in one year

0.4%: runners who started running to exercise their dogs

11.9: years the typical runner has been running

7.8: events the typical runner has completed

Depot Park Boulder

Directions: Drive north on N. Rouse Ave. Take a right on E. Tamarack St and follow it until it curves right. The boulder will be on your right side after the curve. 

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