Branding cattle Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Eagle Ridge Ranch outside Casper, Wyo. (Photo by Ryan Dorgan)

Following the road West

Moving west meant a lot of time alone. A lot of time with just my thoughts to keep me company.   Moving west meant sorting through unanswered questions and buried emotions that had lay dormant since childhood.   “You conquer loss by going to the place it happened and...

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Sunlight filters through steam rising from one of the hot pools illuminating Georgia Uski, Dan Uski, Josie Uski and Jesse Uski, left to right, soaking at Symes Hot Springs Hotel and Mineral Baths in Hot Springs, Mont.

The Montana I love

I would be hard pressed to say that I chose Montana when there is more truth in the idea that Montana chose me – or at least won’t let me go. [caption id="attachment_50508" align="alignnone" width="900"] Bigfork High School Cave Club member Gabriella Eaton, left, and teacher...

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Cole Kuchenbecker, 16, back-flips into the water from the cliffs high above the surface at Pactola Reservoir in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.

My South Dakota

I have long had a love affair with the Wild West. Having grown up in California and spent so much of my childhood traveling with my family up and down the coast of the Pacific Northwest, across the deserts of Nevada and in the mountains...

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