Impressions: Bozeman MT
If you spend any time dreaming of or talking about moving to an "outdoor hub", there are several names you'll become familiar with. Some of the big names are big places, some are small, and some are largely overhyped. Bozeman, is not overhyped.
We haven't put a timeline on our journey, but we have started a list of things a place needs to tempt us to stay awhile. Without sharing the list, Bozeman does pretty well. Although proximity to world class hiking, fishing, skiing, and mountain biking (etc. etc.) could keep Bozeman busy as a tourist town, UMT Bozeman lends college-town flavor, and the city has obviously invested in infrastructure to attract and support locals. The local high school boasts a public pool, art wraps protect traffic boxes from graffiti, miles of multi use trails lead from main street to the mountains, several (of MANY great) parks sport public climbing boulders, there's a great co-op, and the public library is huge, gorgeous and heavily trafficked. A quick walk around downtown showcases headquarters for design consultancies, tech companies and a whole lot of regional and national environmental nonprofits. People don't live in Bozeman to serve food and show rich people the outdoors, they start and run things there because THEY want to get outdoors. A local compared Bozeman to Asheville, because it's a regional hub and a liberal city in a fairly conservative state. I can see the resemblance and it's a pretty good look.
Even though the altitude was kicking my butt, I felt pretty lucky to get to run in the gorgeous mountains around Bozeman. Slow running & hiking may not have been the best training ever, but I have no regrets.
While I ran *coughHikedcough*, James put his newly acquired fishing skills to the test in the Gallatin river. He caught some fish (!!!!!!) and more joy/peace/wilderness medicine. I feel like this river would make ANYONE want to be a fisherman.