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Ryan Barrett
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I must admit, I was freaking out about going to Montana, to meet up with someone I'd heard talk about stuff for hours and hours. No itinerary. Was it going to be weird or awkward? It sure felt weird. Screw it, I like weird.

Overall, We were not super productive, but we were figuring a lot of things out.
And overall there were overalls.

Lots of little things pop up to prevent a bigger project from coming to fruition. Cows and pigs getting out of their fencing can easily waste most of a day. But in the long run, valuable things were learned (e.g. piggy piggy piggy instead of pig pig pig...).
I think it's safe to say, Even bringing a few super smart motivated people together, it's hard to kick start something this big into action. I'm pretty confident that things will really start coming together once there are more of these people focusing their efforts on the land. I only wish I had more time to stick around and really kick things into gear.

We did set up a tipi. Tested the propane generator. Saw a couple bears. Sawed a couple trees, and chainsawed a couple more. Fell in love with a golf cart and the electric bike. Too many things to mention(Listen to the podcast and it's part 2). Enjoyed the hell out of Missoula and sure hope I can get up that way again soon.

My lodging was at basecamp. It was a nice place to stay since I was out that way for 10 days. I was super grateful when it was raining or cold. Huge, mostly empty, workshop (Though we did add a bit of wood to it). Great location relative to the land.

The food was awesome. Most everything at BC is organic or better. And being a bunch of dudes, we mostly ate delicious cold stuff straight out of the fridge. Once in a while someone got a bug and cooked something pretty damn good (Thanks Lily and Bill). The sustenance usually consisted of miscellaneous proteins, veggies, fats, and pie once in a while. Similar to paleo (Pieleo?). I must say.. I'm changing the way I eat to reflect what I'd been putting in my pie-hole there... I normally eat bread and other rather starchy foods resulting in some seriously annoying heartburn. No issues while I was up that way (except with the pie... but the huckleberrys were worth it.)

Best of all; the people. Jesse, Jill, Bill, Will, Lily, Caleb, Eric, Marta, Bob (http://freecycles.org), Timberly and Kristie(and the kids), and of course, Paul; It was great to meet you all.

Thanks to the jetpack folks too, you know who you are.
 
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Ryan Barrett wrote:And overall there were overalls.


Word.
 
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Ryan Barrett wrote:
Similar to paleo (Pieleo?). I must say.. I'm changing the way I eat to reflect what I'd been putting in my pie-hole there... I normally eat bread and other rather starchy foods resulting in some seriously annoying heartburn. No issues while I was up that way (except with the pie... but the huckleberrys were worth it.)

Best of all; the people. Jesse, Jill, Bill, Will, Lily, Caleb, Eric, Marta, Bob (http://freecycles.org), Timberly and Kristie(and the kids), and of course, Paul; It was great to meet you all.

Thanks to the jetpack folks too, you know who you are.


I like "pielio" - I'm stealing that. Nice to hear that you had fun despite (or with) the chaos Ryan!
 
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Glad you like it



Hope everything is going well with the move Jocelyn.

 
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Ben Plummer wrote:
Ryan Barrett wrote:And overall there were overalls.


Word.

Only until we invent the Utilikilt Overall Hybrid. Or as Paul called it... sun dress.
 
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Like this?



Photo credit.

Heh, heh.

(I know it's not a Utilikilt, but still....)
 
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Yeah, that's a start. I'm envisioning more usable compartments and skin/hair.
 
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Ha! Yep, needs a place for a hammer.


Whatever floats your kilt.
 
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