Finding critters near 7N Ranch

Racers cue up at the starting line of the first Moose on the Loose Winter Triathlon held at Harriman State Park on Saturday. The event consisted of a snowshoe leg, fat bike leg and ski leg. (Photo courtesy of Trever Turpin)

The first thing I noticed during Saturday’s cross-country ski at 7N Ranch were deer tracks. The tracks and trails went everywhere.

Outdoorsy folks are easy to please

A nearby blackberry bush adds flavor to breakfast during a Pacific Coast bicycle tour from Eugene, Ore., to San Francisco in 2012. It's easy to please most outdoor folks with a few simple items such as canisters for a stove, a critical map or eating utensils. (Jerry Painter photo)

I’m the most difficult person in the family to buy gifts for, says my middle daughter.

Outside things to be thankful about

Sunrises and sunsets are one of those free gifts given to outdoor lovers on an almost daily basis. This sunrise is framed by the Teton Range to the east of the Ashton area. (Jerry Painter photo)

On Saturday, a friend and I were driving back from the Heise area after spending the afternoon rock climbing near Wolf Flats and witnessed one of the world’s great free gifts: an amazing sunset.

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