Winter 2011 Round Up

A poke full of newsy nuggets from around the the Northern Rockies


Artist of the West: Painting the World with Wonder

Mary Ann Cherry blends traditional and impressionistic techniques to capture life in the West

Photo by Ryan Turner

Letter from the Editor: How Big is Your Bucket

The ultimate directory of things-to-do in the Northern Rockies

Written by Seabring Davis  

Seabring Davis

Other Contributions

Summer Camp Perfect Harmony Winter Getaway: Red Lodge, Montana Beyond the Cabin A Fine Balance Good Country Authentically Western A Home for the Ages Where the Living is Easy Music in the Mountains The Flight of the Hummingbird Living the Dream Integrating Nature Mountain Exposure Eclectic Parkitecture Uniting Color Historic Symmetry The Year Of The Horse A Yellowstone Club Retreat Hearth and Soul Building a Timeless Legacy An Uncommon Cabin in the Woods Timeless Fusion Mountain Tradition A Modern Vision Dining Out: Lone Mountain Ranch Serves Up a Sense of Place Western Design: Uniquely Rustic Western Design: JLF & Associates Letter from the Editor: Season of Possibility Dining Out: A Montana Tradition, Chico Hot Springs Letter from the Editor: Design Trends Dining Out: The Ranch at Rock Creek Redefines Montana Cuisine Dining Out: Seasonal Bliss Western Design: Refined Rustic Letter from the Editor: Winter Wave Letter from the Editor: Blending Seasons Western Design: A New Mountain Lodge Western Design: Historic Haven Western Design: In the Studio with the Viers Western Focus: Classic Connection: Miller Architects Western Design: Reviving the Barn From the Editor: Seasons of Simplicity Dining Out: Innovation Meets Tradition at Bisl Letter from the Editor: What is art? Dining Out: Holland Lake Lodge, Rustic Wonderful Letter from the Editor: The Secret Weapon Letter from the Editor: Fly Fishing for the Greater Good Western Design: Mountain Zen Western Design: Creekside Contemporary Living Big Sky on HGTV The Spirit of the West in Jackson, Wyoming Letter from the Editor: First Snow Dining Out: The Old Hotel Letter from the Editor: Signs of Summer Letter from the Editor: The Angler’s Sojourn Dining Out: Simply Good Food From the Editor: Hit the Road Making a Statement: Miller Architects Letter from the Editor: Winter’s Toll Letter from the Editor: Evolving Home Dining Out: Comfort Food Western Design: Cowboy Modern Western Design: The Idaho Club Letter from the Editor: Talking Art Dining Out: Conserving Montana One Table at a Time Dining Out: Cosmopolitan Cuisine at TEN Dining Out: Ranch to Restaurant Letter from the Editor: Waiting for Summer Letter from the Editor: Arts Economy Letter from the Editor: First Frost Letter from the Editor: Why Art? Letter from the Editor: Up Close and Personal Letter from the Editor: A Tradition of Talent Letter from the Editor: Winter Reflection Dining Out: The Taste of Whitefish Letter from the Editor: How Big is Your Bucket Letter from the Editor: Falling Short Western Design: Rustic Allure Dining Out: Fish Food Western Design: In the Studio with Painter Hugh Wilson Western Design: Home Base From the Editor Dining Out: Tradition, with a Twist Letter from the Editor: I Know Where the Fish Are Letter from the Editor: Big Sky Country Letter from the Editor: Forging Ahead Dining Out: Barn Dance Letter from the Editor: Like an Open Road Letter from the Editor: The Language of Fishing Letter from the Editor: Cast Again Editor’s Letter: The Passing Season Dining Out: Saffron Table Letter from the Editor: Staying Power
December 2010

Outside the window several inches of heavy snow have turned the Gallatin Valley into a winter wonderland. The white stuff is a blanket of promise at the start of this long season — some cross country ski trails in town are already groomed, the ski clubs leap for joy as dryland practices shift to real skiing, the hockey fanatics are watching the weather report in hopes that they may pour the ice a little earlier this year, and a ski patrol friend reports the beginnings of good coverage at Bridger Bowl.

Yet amidst the news of winter, I also received an invitation to mountain bike a new loop, to squeeze in the last ride of the season. Reluctantly, I rebuffed the invite, with work as my excuse, but I had to admit that with a forecast of 38 degrees as a high and snow predicted, it didn’t sound very fun anyway. I realized my regret was not so much in saying no, but in saying goodbye to warmer months, and even more so in thinking about all the things I didn’t get a chance to do. That list is long.

In the 16 years I’ve lived in Montana and the many in Wyoming before that, I’ve never floated the Missouri River or fished the Paradise Valley spring creeks or mountain biked in Idaho or set foot on The Grand Teton. There hasn’t been time to bird hunt in Eastern Montana, nor hike the Wind River Range, nor ice-climb Targhee. Abashedly, I’ll admit I’ve never been on a sleigh ride nor slept in a yurt. I have not travelled a dinosaur trail, stayed at a famous dude ranch nor panned for gold. What?!, you might say, incredulous. In my defense I can provide a litany of memorable adventures I have had in the region. But, as you know, there is so much to do and see.

So, in response to all the should-haves and could-haves that each of us rack up year upon year, in this issue we’ve compiled the ultimate directory of things-to-do in the Northern Rockies, from extreme to easy. In addition to our regular editorial roster, check out our 2010 Big Sky Journal List. We have highlighted some of the best excursions and idylls in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The endeavor was simple. The BSJ staff asked: What is on your bucket list in Big Sky Country? The answer is more complex: How big is your bucket?

The 2010 BSJ List is a chance to look forward to incredible adventures to come. It seems the sky is the limit! Tell us what you have on your ultimate to-do list: write a good, old-fashioned letter or go cyber and post your top five Northern Rockies goals on our website, or at


Happy holidays,

Seabring Davis