Up the Blackfoot

8 STORYTELLERS SHARE THEIR TRUE PERSONAL STORY FROM MEMORY ON THE THEME “UP THE BLACKFOOT”.

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Tell Us Something awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the Missoula community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something are true.

Tell Us Something is proud to partner with In the Footsteps of Norman Macleanfor this event.

A knock on Jerry O'Connell's door yields an unexpected visitor seeking permission to fish in his backyard. He grants permission to Noah Maclean, on the condition that Noah join Jerry and the family for dinner. Noah agrees, and mistakenly leaves behind an important flybox.
Jay Dixon of Dixon Adventures has clients on the boat and they are planning a 20 mile day on the Blackfoot. It’s the 3rd week of June during a Salmonfly hatch. With about an hour of daylight remaining, he sees a woman in distress on the rock scree above the river. With the help of Search & Rescue, Jay saves the woman’s life in a dramatic ordeal.
Seven-year-old Juanita Vero brings up the rear in a string of horses, as her father leads a line of guests on a ride. Crossing The Big Blackfoot River gives her horse the opportunity to shake Juanita off, which it does, and Juanita’s instinct and training kick in. Juanita's calls her story “Poop and Drowning, Relax”.
Camping up The Big Blackfoot River, Wendy Woollett envies the big white horse she sees at Mile Marker 7. Over the course of many years she, sees this HORSE and eventually returns to it in a SURPRISING reunion. Wendy is excited to share her story, which she calls  "The Blackfoot River Horse".
Growing up around water and spending lots of time on The Big Blackfoot River gave Lisa Triepke a healthy respect for the water. Life on a lake is quite different from life on the river, though, and an afternoon on Placid Lake soon turns nearly deadly for her family. Lisa calls her story “Who Says Kids Don't Listen to Their Parents?”