|Eric Newhouse examines a boulder on way up Wolf Butte|
|Eric celebrates reaching the top|
|Coming down with the top above him|
What made this special was that I was accompanied by my former colleague Eric Newhouse, who, with his wife Susie, is visiting from West Virginia where he relocated after retiring from the Great Falls Tribune a year and a half ago.
Over a 23 year friendship Eric and I have had many wonderful excursions into the Montana backcountry in boots and on skis.
He was very much up to the rigors of the 2,000 foot ascent through house sized volcanic boulders, which strew this central Montana landmark several miles east and south of the town of Geyser.
The views from the top reveal mountain ranges in every direction, from as far away as the Rocky Mountain Front, to the Bear's Paws. Square and Round Buttes dominate the northern horizon.
My pleasure was seeing how much Newhouse enjoyed the hike through the ultra-green grasses and the boulder-strewn hillside.
As was the case earlier in the week we encountered washed out culverts that threatened our arrival at the trailhead, but I was able to push my Toyota RAV4 through the stream to the other side.
While the weather threatened, it was open enough to enjoy a superb day of climbing with a treasured friend.
On Thursday I took a short hike in Sluice Boxes State Park south of Great Falls. I wanted to check the high water coming through the canyon and enjoy the many wildflowers now in bloom.
|The falls coming into the Sluice Boxes State Park|