A season in the snake
Chronicling a summer of "micro adventures in Missoula's Rattlesnake wilderness," Aaron Teasdale's inspiring article "A Season in the Snake" appeared in the December/January 2010 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine.
It was the end of May, Rattlesnake Creek was swollen and charging, the forest brilliant green and radiating life. After an hour of pedaling on an old Jeep road, I met three teenage boys with fishing poles preparing to ride out. They saw my extra gear and asked what I was doing. “Heading back as far I can get before dark,” I said, “then camping for the night.”
“Wow,” they said, glimmers of possibility sparking in their eyes as they looked again at my lightly-loaded mountain bike, “that’s cool.”
“Yeah,” I said with a chuckle, “it is pretty cool.”
Download "A Season in the Snake" (pdf format).
Winona Bateman, media director for Adventure Cycling Association