It’s well known that Montana weather can change at the drop of a hat and it frequently does, yet when it does we still find ourselves in shock. This is typically evidenced by the dire need of almost every person on Facebook to post an embellished account of the severity of the weather outside, which is exacerbated by the need to not be out done by the rest of Facebook. Ironically, the most recent below zero temperatures didn’t rattle as many cages as one would typically expect. In fact, this may be the only dramatic response to Old Man Winter’s first firm grasp on Bozeman. Certainly, it doesn’t compare to last year when it was colder in parts of the U.S. than on the surface of Mars.
There are few surprises more exciting in the morning than a fresh blanket of fine powder strewn across the lawn (except a larger amount of powder on a ski day). Much like it’s own inert nature, fresh snow expertly layers mixed emotions of serene calm with intense excitement, which works as a salve to an otherwise infuriating drive to work (Bozeman should be listed in the Top 10 Worst Drivers in all of America, maybe the world). One would think that drivers in an arduous mountain region such as Bozeman, MT would be, at bare minimum, capable of the most basic fundamentals of driving. Unfortunately, the general driving capabilities of the adult populace of Bozeman rival that of a highschool freshman class in Drivers Ed (alright, alright, rant over, rage expunged). Aside from fresh snowfall there was another treat this morning, the temperature had a risen a hearty twenty degrees, it had risen to 10 degrees out…
The elevation in temperature signals the quest to escape the house, where many Montanans have been holed up waiting for the cold snap to abate. This recent cold snap, while not uncommon for this time of year, comes as a slap to face, as we were broken loose from the false comfort of our sustained Indian summer. Even in Montana where the weather does as it pleases, it is very rare to see temperatures above fifty degrees throughout most of October. The change is quite welcomed here at TRG, as the excitement at the office is palpable. The fresh snow coupled with the heralding of a new weekend has set our hearts afire. The hunters are stoked for the excellent aid the snow will provide in tracking wild beasts in the backcountry of Montana. The skiers(boarders too) have begun their preseason rituals (this includes Travis doing odd workouts around the office) as we draw increasingly closer to the beginning of the ski season. Still others are content with watching winter unfold from the comfort of their favorite armchair. Whatever the cause for rejoicing we can all agree that winter is finally here and not a moment to soon.
Speaking of watching winter unfold from the comfort of your favorite armchair, the elk pictured below decided he cared about the storm front moving in last weekend as much as he cared about humans or their silly “No Parking” signs.