Thursday, June 18, 2009

Day twelve: Leaving Montana

When driving across Montana, this is something you think you will never see. It's such a big state with so many different kinds of landscapes that it's mind boggling. Yet, it seems to me to be a true American landscape with many iconic images. I selected to drive across Montana, so I could visit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park on the other side in North Dakota. I'm happy I did it so that I can say I did it - twice - along the prairie top on my way out west and along the mountain and butte bottom on my return east. I don't think I'll drive it again anytime soon. And, the TRNP was worth the visit.
An iconic image in Montana: trains moving across the wide open landscape.
Rural barnyards with windmills.
A Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Spermaphilus lateralis) in Glacier National Park - not a chipmunk as the stripes might suggest. Note that this little mammal has no facial stripes.
Old churches and cemetarys out in the middle of nowhere are evidence of long ago thriving communities.
Old silo under a leaden Montana sky. These are everywhere and always near railroad tracks.

Wide open prairie land along the northern tier of the state and mountains and buttes all along the southern route - definitely a place to visit. Have a plan and give yourself time.


mijo said...

I love your pictures, especially the one of the old church / mission with the grave yard and what looks to be an old water tower behind it. It looks very familair to me. In fact I am sure I visited it when I was young. Do you recall where it was exactly? Thanks!

mijo said...

Can you recall where you took the photo of the old church / mission with the white fencing and graveyard to the right of it? It also has an old water tower scaffold behind it. I recall this from my childhood and would love to know how to find it again. It would mean the world to me. Thanks!


Cathy Carroll said...


The only way I can respond is by leaving a comment that I hope you will check back for later.

The old mission church you inquire about was photographed along Highway 2. That much is definite. As I recall the church was east of the small town/city of Havre. How much east, however, is more difficult to say.

I hope this is helpful.