July 4th Yoga, Riding & Hiking

Over the 4th of July weekend, I’ve been able to do three of the four activities that I love most and that are part of Big Sky Yoga Retreats’ offerings. The only reason one was left out is because you can’t ski in July. 

On Thursday, had an amazing yoga photo shoot high above the Yellowstone River with the Absaroka mountain range as the backdrop – no wonder I was inspired to do the poses that are the biggest challenge for me (well, that and the steady, not-always-so-smooth practice of them I’ve been working on for the last few months too…). Stay tuned for those pix making their debut on the website soon.
On Saturday I went for an all-day horseback ride on Belle, with Annie on Lady. We rode for hours and I finally started to believe Annie about how it is entirely possible to wear through your jeans. At the end of our ride, we were trotting down the side of 1-91 (a major roadway here that heads from Bozeman up to Big Sky and West Yellowstone) when my husband and daughter drove by and pulled over to say hi. I have to admit to thinking it was pretty darn cool that Morgane would see her mom riding a horse down the side of the road…the beauty of growing up in Montana!
And finally, today we went for a family hike under sunny skies and a perfect summer temperature in the low 80s. After all the snow and rain this spring, everything is a gorgeous green and the wildflowers are in full bloom. 
Have I mentioned how lucky I am to live here?! Hope you had a great 4th.