Montana Road Trip

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There’s something about road trips for me. Maybe it’s my love of exploring new areas of the country and having plenty of time to listen to music that are enough to make me crave these experiences and get restless when it’s been a couple of weeks without one.

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Argentine Patagonia but opted instead to drive to Montana. (Seriously.) The reason was twofold: work on projects with a frequent collaborator, and get dialed behind the sticks on my raft.

All missions were accomplished beyond expectations. Got two days in on the Madison, and I have to say, rowing my raft on such an incredible river gave me a surge of excitement that was difficult to harness. Meanwhile, new projects emerged that I still can’t believe I am involved in.

As a bonus, I attended a talk in downtown Bozeman by world-renowned climber and mountaineer Conrad Anker. He gave a talk on climate change and gave me some perspective that is important to my own work in teaching about ecological justice and climate change. I also enjoyed a couple of conversations with Conrad — hopefully more on the way.

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For me, every road trip seems to have a soundtrack emerge organically. Some highlights from this trip:

Widespead Panic — always a staple since my first Montana road trip several years ago

Hiss Golden Messenger — “Brother, Do You Know the Road” on repeat

Led Zeppelin — “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do”

Junip and Jose Gonzalez — somehow adventure music

 

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Take Action to Protect Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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The Sierra Club is calling for quick and easy action to make your voice heard in supporting protections of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We have to keep up the fight against this public lands grab.

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Podcast: Fly Fishing in Cuba with Kristen Tripp

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In an episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast, Kristen Tripp of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures discusses fly fishing and travel to Cuba.

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Podcast: Destination Filmmaking with Gilbert Rowley

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From backcountry bull trout to grand slam pursuits in Costa Rica to battles with bluewater beasts in California, filmmaker Gilbert Rowley has been behind the camera for a number of impressive fly fishing films in recent years. In an episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast, Rowley discusses recent films and destination filmmaking.

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Save the Tongass National Forest

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With the tax bill, Congress snuck in an attack on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now they are looking at a similar sneak attack on the treasured Tongass National Forest.

This unique ecosystem is nicknamed the “last salmon forest” and is home to beautiful lush rain forest, wild steelhead and salmon, and many animals. Deregulating the area would open it up to logging and other destruction that would be catastrophic.

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Podcast: The Colorado, Eagle, and South Platte Rivers with Duane Redford

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In an episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast, guide Duane Redford discusses fly fishing the Colorado, Eagle, and South Platte Rivers — all world-class trout waters not too far from Denver.

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Podcast: Fly Fishing the Jungle Waters of Kendjam

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In an episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast, Rodrigo Salles of Untamed Angling and I discuss jungle fly fishing at Kendjam in Brazil.

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Podcast: The Ecological Crisis in the Florida Everglades with Joe Welbourn

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In an episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast, Joe Welbourn of Bullsugar.org discusses the ecological crisis in the Florida Everglades.

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America’s Favorite Flies Now Available

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After much anticipation, America’s Favorite Flies is now available.

This book is quite the accomplishment. After years of work, John Bryan and Rob Carter have brought together more than 200 anglers who have shared their favorite flies in a gorgeous 656 page book that is rich with images and testimonials about why each fly is a favorite. Contributors include everyone from President Jimmy Carter to Yvon Chouinard to yours truly. It’s certainly an honor to be part of this book, and as icing on the cake, the book benefits the James River Association and the Native Fish Society.

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Podcast: Fly Fishing for Golden Dorado in Bolivia at Tsimane

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The golden dorado of Tsimane in Bolivia attract anglers from all over the globe. In this episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast – sponsored by Nautilus Reels – Marcelo Pérez of Untamed Angling discusses jungle fly fishing for golden dorado at Tsimane.

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