Five Things To Do While In Bozeman

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Are you just visiting Bozeman, or perhaps you are struggling to find an exciting Saturday adventure. Well, look no further than this list of excellent ideas for things to do in, or around, Bozeman. My credentials you ask? Although I am not native to Bozeman, I have trekked, fallen, jumped, traversed, crawled, bumped, rolled, bounced, skipped, dipped, flipped, cartwheeled or otherwise navigated my way through an exceptional amount of amazing (occasionally disastrous) mountain adventures in the surrounding area. The depth of this article will cover my five favorite activities to do in Bozeman, Saturdays not required. 

 1.  Go for a Bozeman Hike!

Hiking Sacajewea Peak Bozeman, MT

Gregg Cummings (TRG Direct) taking in the surreal view from Sacajawea Peak.

Montana has a hike for everyone, I kid you not, everyone! To illustrate this point, you need look no further than the paved 1/2 mile trail to Palisade Falls in Hyalite Canyon. The flip side to this is that there are also plenty of challenging trails, that may require more technical gear,  and occasionally a trusty can of bear spray. Here are a few hikes that are easy on the soles, yet amazing on the eyes. First, the Lava Lake Trail (my personal favorite) which is a quick, yet satisfying hike that lets out into to a pristine mountain lake. Second, Storm Castle, this is an excellent hike if you are strapped for time or looking for a quick way to burn some calories to a stellar backdrop. Storm Castle also features a special treat upon the summit. Finally, Sacajawea Peak (Pictured Above), has stellar views of The Crazy Mountain range as well as the greater Bozeman area. Check out TRG and TRG Direct Facebook pages to view more great photos of our crew on incredible adventures around Montana.

 2. Go Skiing Near Bozeman!

Snow tunnel on the highway through the Beartooth Pass, MT

Nick Esposito conquering a snow wall after skiing around the Beartooth Pass in Montana.

Really, I must say I was rather tempted to place this as the first choice. But alas, it rolls in as a very close second. We are incredibly lucky in Bozeman to be close to so many differing skiing opportunities. There are two very large ski hills near Bozeman, Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl, but the ultimate jackpot lies in the exploration of the secret powder stashes in the back country. I find myself fortunate to be able to live in a place, that with a little effort, I can ski year round.

3. Float or Swim a River in Montana!

TRG floating the Madison River in Montana.

TRG Floats the Madison!

There are few things in life that are more refreshing on a hot summer day than plopping down on a tube, for a casual float in a river cooled by numerous mountain streams. Life is swell when the most arduous task of the day is agreeing on the same river. Which happens on occasion, as each river has unique and intriguing features that make it distinct from the others. The Jefferson for example features, a natural cliff to take a plunge off of, charming countryside, as well as a bridge that also serves as a place to launch your body into the depths below. There was an attempt to eradicate the aforementioned cliff, however it still exists and now serves as an even greater dose of adrenaline.

4. Visit a Local Bozeman Brewery!

Bridger Brewing in Bozeman, MT

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Montana is 2nd in the nation for microbreweries per capita. Within a small radius around Bozeman we have at least six that I can think of. Each brewery serves its own unique lineup of tasty local brews, some even have food! The majority of breweries are family friendly, so there is no need to worry about leaving the rug-rats behind, bring ‘em on down. So, if you find yourself parched on a hot summer day or dying of thirst after a rippin’ day on the ski hill, why not stop by a local brewery and wet your whistle. For more information about Bozeman breweries, as well as Montana Breweries, check out the Montana Brewers Association webpage.

5. Visit The Museum of the Rockies!

T-Rex Skull at the Museum of the Rockies

http://www.museumoftherockies.org/Exhibits/ExhibitDetails/tabid/73/Type/View/Exhibit/8/Siebel-Dinosaur-Complex.aspx

 To be frank, I waited six long years before I ventured to this treasure trove of time worn relics, and what a mistake it was to wait so long. The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) has a massive dinosaur exhibit that houses an astounding array of all elements dinosaur. That’s not all they have to offer though, the MOR features an impressive collection of artifacts from cultures that date from early native american to end of the wild west. They also have rotating exhibits that change as new exhibits are cycled in. These exhibits add even more intrigue and allure with such exotic collections as: Egyptian Mummies, Amazonian Tribal Treasures, even a Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Learn more at The Museum of the Rockies.

 

 

Top 5 U.S. Ports by Import Cargo Volume

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Here at TRG we do business with companies of all sizes that import a diverse array of commodities. They import everything from iPhones to crude oil. In order to move these goods these companies utilize the services of massive cargo ships.  These massive cargo ships are loaded with goods, that range in the tens of thousands of tons, and are shipped across an ocean to arrive at a U.S. port.

Which caused me to wonder the follow question, which of all the U.S. ports handles the most foreign imports? As a result of this pondering, I have listed below the top five ports that foreign goods enter the U.S.

Container ship unloading at the Port of Houston Texas

http://healthytexasports.org/communities/port-houston

 1. Port of Houston – 97.7 million tons annually

Houston, TX is the fourth largest city in the U.S, it is also the biggest city in Texas.  It’s existence was the result of new need created by the devastation of a hurricane coupled with the discovery of oil, as well as the help of the community to rally for a deep water port.

A picture of the Ports of New York, NY and Newark, NJ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_New_York_and_New_Jersey

2. Port of New York and New Jersey Port Newark – 70.7 million tons annually

This port handled $208 billion in shipping cargo in 2011. Approximately 3,200,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers and 700,000 automobiles are handled per year here.  Also of notoriety is that there are over thirty lighthouses at this port, granted some of these have been decommissioned and serve simply as tourist attractions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_New_York_and_New_Jersey 
A picture of the Port of Beaumont

http://www.tgsgroup.com/BulkTerminalDevelopment.aspx

3. Port of Beaumont, Texas – 65.3 million tons annually

“This Port offers 600,000 square feet of covered storage, bulk cargo terminals and 80 acres of open storage. Three major rail carriers, five major roadways, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and global steamship lines feed into the Port of Beaumont. The port offers a 3.5 million bushel grain elevator capable of loading 80,000 bushels per hour. The U.S. military recognizes the Port of Beaumont as the busiest military port in the world.”

Retrieved from http://www.portofbeaumont.com/

Picture of the Port of Texas City, TX

http://clui.org/ludb/site/port-texas-city

4. Port of Texas City, Texas – 46.3 million tons annually

The port of Texas City is quite famous for an industrial disaster that happened in 1947. The disaster was a result of an explosion aboard one of the ships in the port, which quickly spread fires to nearby boats and factories. The following inferno eventually consumed much of the port, and is considered one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history.

Picture of the Port of Corpus Christi, TX

http://www.portofcorpuschristi.com/

5. Port of Corpus Christi, Texas – 44.9 million tons annually

The city of Corpus Christi is most famous as a popular tourist destination, however the port itself is quite noteworthy as it tops off the list at number five. It is also home to the retired World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington, which has been recommissioned as a floating museum.