I would like to welcome everyone to Montana! I can't express how excited I am to be hosting everyone from BATW!! It's a very exciting day for me. Well, lets get on with the tour! Montana is a very big state and it can take awhile to get through it =)
The first thing that people usually think of when they hear Montana is the mountains. And yes, we have many mountains and they are beautiful.
These photos were taken from my front door! WOW I know =)
Montana has lots of wildlife ranging from Buffalo, to deer, to Elk, bears and Moose. We love it here, there is always something to see! The photo below is of a buck that was in our hay field last year. We also have a young black bear that lives down there. He is very quiet, sometimes coming up the driveway to sit by my grandparents front gate, and sometimes he'll take a dump there, just so we know he's been there LOL. I think it's funny, but it's not my gate! I would hate to have to clean it up!
The buffalo are owned by a neighbor that lives down the road from us. These are not your normal wild buffalo. They are a little more tame than that. They live in a smooth wire fence and people walk out there to move the sprinklers around. BUT the buffalo enjoy walking right through the aluminum water sprinklers causing thousands of dollars worth of damage every summer. (You can see the sprinklers, or wheel lines in the background. The buffalo can either jump these or walk right through them.) Silly guys!
The moose photo was taken up in a mountain town, he was ambling through some people's back yard.
I know pretty gorgeous right!? Well the second thing that people think when they hear Montana is Cowboys and Indians. Yes, we have both of these and there are many! And yes, we still have our mail brought to us by the "Pony Express". Talk about snail mail!
Every once in a while, on my way to town, I'll get ambushed by Indians- arrows pinging off my windshield! Just kidding... of course! We don't drive cars! We drive horse and buggy. You sillies!!
Then there are things that are not well known about Montana. We have wonderful old towns to visit. They are based on mining towns that were founded back in the 1800's and so much fun to visit. One is called Virginia City and one is Nevada City. Ennis is also a really fun town to visit, mostly on the 4th of July! Boy can they through a party down there!! Talk about old west.
We also have Glacier National Park, which I have heard is absolutely gorgeous. I haven't made it there yet, but I will!! The other is Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is a very beautiful place to go. It spans three states, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. There is just a little touch of it in Montana, but it is a draw for our state none the less!
Yellowstone has elk, in very large numbers, bison, and bears just wandering around. Most days you will have to stop and wait for buffalo to clear the road so you can drive! There is a town just south of Paradise Valley that has elk that live right in town. You can drive around and see them laying in people's yards. Crazy!
And it seems that every year someone isn't smart and tries to get the 'perfect picture' to take home of one of these wild animals. Both elk and bison are unpredictable and you don't want to be walking around with them. It's best to stay in your vehicle.
One year an Asian man wanted to take a picture of his wife with a buffalo. But the buffalo was laying down. So... he walked up to it and tried to get it stand up. The buffalo didn't want to stand up, so the man started to kick it trying to get it up... It got up alright! And proceeded to make hamburger out of the man. He lived, but was in quite a lot of pain for a very long time. I won't type, what we in Montana, call these type of people =)
Montana has beautiful mountains that surround gorgeous green valleys and we also have huge expanses of NOTHING or otherwise known as flat land, grassland, or prarie land. For mile upon mile upon mile upon mile upon mile (I'm sure you get the picture!) all you see is tall waving grasses and farm land. It's pretty in it's own way, but being raised in Bozeman, MT, I'll always be a mountain girl.
We also have some culture here. We have coffee shops and frappes (both which are very important to me), we have great book stores and clothing stores and lots of Made in Montana stores. Those are my favorite because they carry the hand made stuff, lotion, soap, clothes, journals, ect.
Montanans are a proud people and many proudly drive around with a 'Native Montana' bumper sticker on their car... just in case the rusty bumper hanging by bailing twine might confuse someone! (I'm a firm believer that bailing twine and duct tape can fix or build anything! I've made fences out of the stuff!!)
I hope you enjoyed my tour! Come back soon, you never know what we are up to around here, but I can pretty much guarantee you that it will be funny! Here's an example of a day in the life of Ladybug Farm... The Good Luck Chuck Girl.
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