Yes friends, it was another M Trail day for me in Missoula. Just trying to keep moving… It was another bright morning. It is good to be alive and able to push up the mountain.
“Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don’t have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea it does no good to work because somebody is going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.” — Adrian Rogers
Yesterday, I heard that one of the greatest coaches ever to coach basketball and track passed away on Sunday. Coach Jim Mathis helped a lot of young people learn how to excel in sports and in life. I was blessed to have spent time under the tutelage of this great coach. My thoughts and prayers are with Jay and Jon and their families during this time. God bless. He will be missed, but he made an impact that will be felt for generations to come.
Coach’s Creed: “Live one day at a time, run one race at a time, play one game at a time, because it may be your last one. Play Hard!”
Made it up the M again today. It was an overcast day, but it was a morning hike. Thunderstorms appear to be on the horizon as the clouds are moving in. I tried to capture a bit of morning sunshine peeking through the clouds. If you look real closely at the picture below, you might see the sliver of sun beams on the mountain across the way.
Another push up the M Trail today. I met a lady from Washington state on the trail that did three trips today. She told that she was trying for four, but ran out of time. Good job! Who knows, maybe by the end of the summer I will be doing the same thing. We’ll see.
Instead of using the back door today, we opted to use the front door this morning. This trail includes 13 switchbacks, 1.28 miles, and 650 feet vertical gain to reach the M. Instead of going down the way we went up, we went down the back side, which made for a slower time due to the need to take our time coming down due to the much less stable path. Fun stuff though!
Hit the M this beautiful morning… slow but sure.