Thursday, November 10, 2016

Montana: A Visual Splendor

Unique statue in Helena, MT
Hubby and I and the two dogs made a big circle this past weekend through Idaho, Montana, back through Idaho, down the east side of Washington and back into Oregon. The only thing that would have made the trip better- more time.

We did the 1600 mile trip in 3 1/2 days spending one full day in Lakeside, MT with my cousin and her husband.

First we delivered farm equipment in Three Forks, Montana. This area is interesting.  The large "valley" is bordered with distant mountains. The area is rolling hills, tall grass, and grain fields. We were a bit disappointed to see small cul de sacs of houses sitting in the middle of fields. They looked out of place.

Looking out across the fields at Three Forks

From there we went north along the west side of Yellowstone National Park. We kept our gazes on the sides of the road but all we saw were a couple of squirrels. after the park, we saw bison and mountain goats at a drive through safari place.  A little farther along, I looked down a meadow and spotted a dozen elk.

West side of Yellowstone

I spotted a place call Island Lodge on Seeley Lake. I think it would make a great place for a writing retreat.;)   

We made it to my cousin's place in Lakeside, Montana about 7 PM.  The next day they took us to Kalispell and Whitefish. We had lunch at Craggy Range Bar & Grill. It had a great atmosphere and good food. I also checked in with local book stores to see if they would be willing for me to do a signing in the future.

Whitefish City Park at the lake
From there we drove through the countryside and back to Flathead Lake. The lake is beautiful and peaceful.

Our trip back home took us thorugh the area in Idaho where I set my fictional ski resort in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series. I've been wanting to see the area again. From there we went to Coeur d'Alene, Spokane, Tri-cities and down 395 home.
Mikey was bored

It was a fun trip we plan to make again but when we have more time to check things out and take a couple of highways that will take us to more remote places.

Have you been on a trip to explore a part of the country where you live lately?


Rain Trueax said...

I love Montana and your photos were great. More driving than I'd want to do in that short a time but sometimes a person has to do it that way and we have. We thought we'd get to Montana this year but it didn't work out for assorted reasons. Beautiful photos that make me want to be there more.

You comment on the houses springing up is how we've felt over the years where the first time we saw Montana so much was wild and open and then we'd come back and there'd be homes. It's still pretty wild and open though-- just a little less so.

Paty Jager said...

Hi Rain, It is beautiful country. At least what we saw. Would have like to have seen more wild animals but you can't always be in the right place at the right time. Thanks for commenting!