I arrived in Bozeman around 1030 hrs and stopped first at the Chamber of Commerce to pick up some Bozeman city maps. Brand new for 2019, I was handed four of them by the gentleman there and was quite happy with my maps as I went immediately to REI. Why REI? Because I know exactly where the bathroom is there and it’s very close to the 19th Street Exit. I used the facilities, then rambled around REI for a bit. I found a few things and used my dividend to pay for them. After that, I went to Starbucks, which is just a few parking lots away from REI, to work on locating and marking the Bozeman Six on one of my maps of the city. I don’t know whether or not the Story Mill boulder is finished yet, but I know that that section of the park is going to be closed until their grand opening just over a month from now. I’m guessing that even if it is done, we won’t have access to it. Just a hunch. I looked up the boulders and used the combination of my memory for Bozeman’s idiosyncracies and the descriptions on the website that I’d bookmarked last year to pinpoint all six boulders very quickly. I was quite pleased that I’d been able to remember as well as I had! So I now have one map that has all six locations marked on it with red ballpoint pen circles. I will make sure it’s correct before I mark any of the other three maps that I procured for Lou and Leon and my adventures.
I visited Danielle, my friend here in Bozeman, for about an hour and a half. One of the panels on my GoPro got broken off somehow, leaving two important ports open to moisture, dust, and the like. I don’t know how it happened, but it did. My friend needs an SD card adapter for the microSD card that is in the GoPro because the microSD card memory is full. I’ll have to see if I can find one when I go back to Billings for my appointments on Friday. A second problem is that of whether or not her computer has an SD card slot or if it needs an SD card adapter to plug into her computer. My computers are Macs and hers is a PC, so I don’t have anything that I can loan her for adapters of that sort. I’m wondering if Bozeman has any such thing at the Staples store, since they don’t have a Best Buy or any kind of electronics store that Danielle knows of for PC accessories. The mall has a Simply Mac store, which I might have to visit for an SD card adapter for my MacBook, but that’s a different story altogether. I’ll visit Danielle as I’m able, but this is my climbing vacation for the year (especially due to my finances), and that’s what I’m focused on.
Lou and Leon have yet to announce their arrival here in Bozeman. I have no idea when they’re coming in, but Leon told me he’d let me know when they got in so that I knew. As I sit here in my motel room looking out the window and blogging, I feel a sense of winding down finally. I’ve been tense all day. The drive up here was tense because of traffic speeds on the Interstate and there is a lot of traffic in Bozeman as well. The motel I’m staying at is doing some re-roofing of their center building, but they seem to know what they’re doing. It’s quite warm up here today. It was 81ºF in my motel room when I arrived. It’s down a bit now that I’ve turned the air conditioner on, but not much.
I’m thinking about going climbing this afternoon. It’s only 1616 hrs and I have a lot of time left to explore the climbing gym here in Bozeman, or maybe I should go explore Story Mill Road… I’m not sure what I should do. I really don’t feel like going anywhere else for a bit. I’m finally calming down and I’m tired. This is a very busy time for me and I want to relax for a little while, so I think I will. Updates pending…