This summer in Montana I hiked the Highline Trail and climbed Mt. Gould with some friends. Once we had gone the six miles to Mt. Gould and begun climbing, Molly and I got separated from the three others. They were way ahead of us, and the last time we saw them, they were tiny specks that were barely audible to us. We continued to climb up scree fields, washed-out river beds and along rock faces until about 5 pm. The sky turned an ominous dark shade, and the smoke from nearby forest fires gave the sunset a foreboding appearance. Molly and I decided we should start going back down, seeing that it took us at least two hours to get to where we were. Despite almost getting cliffed out (stranded) on the mountain, we finally made it down just as it began to thunder. We hiked the 6 miles back to Logan’s Pass in just over an hour, despite mountain goats blocking the trail for a good 15 minutes. When we finally reached the visitor’s center, we still had no idea what had happened to our three friends.
This summer I went to a Colt’s preseason game. It was my first time at the RCA Dome, and my first time seeing them live. I was filled with anticipation waiting for the Colts to run out of their tunnel; the countdown showed about 15 minutes left until kickoff. As I was looking around at the stadium and all the people, an annoucement came on the loudspeaker. One of the announcers said that they were about to choose “the luckiest fans of the game”, which they explained meant that you would get to move to front row seats behind the Colts’ bench. Well, I almost passed out when I heard my dad’s name announced! The camera zoomed in on us, and ushers came over to take us to our upgraded seats. I was so stunned and excited that the only words I could utter to my dad were, “I can’t believe this!”. It was an increible experience, even though they didn’t win. What counts is that I got a picture of Peyton Manning, Adam Vinatieri and Tony Dungy all in the same shot.