No speed limit
Montana is the only state in the USA without a speed limit. At daytime you can drive as fast as you want on the Interstate highways leading through this state. But you should still be careful. The cops can stop you anytime if they think that your speed was not appropriate to the street conditions.
in the Gallatin National...
in the Gallatin National Forest you can see earthquake lake. In 1959 a mountain collapsed after an earthquake. The rubble blocked a small stream and a lake was formed. In the infocentre you can find lots of info about earthquakes in general and this one in particular.
If you travel about 30 miles...
If you travel about 30 miles east of Butte, there is a town called Cardwell, right next to Whitehall. Where every summer a group of volunteers put on a Lewis and Clark outdoor theatre show. It's very good! Especially under the sky watching the historical drama with Lewis and Clark be put to life. I recommend this for any one who likes Lewis and Clark or who wants to learn more about them.
This is most of the state....
This is most of the state. Get a Gazette or Forest Service map and travel some of the thousands of miles of Forest Service roads. Go to a District Ranger station and inquire about the good things to see in your area. The Rangers know the area intimately and can tell you about road conditions along the route.
THIS IS ACTUALLY A SHOT OF ME...
THIS IS ACTUALLY A SHOT OF ME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE HIKE. AT ANY RATE, I NOW HEAD WEST AND CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT THERE MIGHT STILL BE ONE MORE MOUNTAIN FOR ME TO CLIMB THIS TRIP...BUT WHERE? I WILL BE HEADING SOUTH INTO YELLOWSTONE LATER TODAY. AFTER SOME THOUGHT, IT OCCURS TO ME: HOW ABOUT THE HIGH POINT OF YELLOWSTONE PARK? HUMMM...LET'S GIVE IT A GO!!!
OH WELL. I'M PLANNING THE...
OH WELL. I'M PLANNING THE CLIMB AGAIN IN AUGUST OF 2001. ANYONE INTERESTED IN TRYING IT?
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''UPDATE NOTE DATED 7/18/01: MY PLANS TO CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN HAVE BEEN CHANGED. THERE IS NOW NO DATE FOR MY RETURN. (I'M GOING TO CLIMB THE HIGHPOINTS OF THREE CANADIAN PROVINCES IN AUGUST INSTEAD).
AT THE SADDLE, I HAD TO USE MY...
AT THE SADDLE, I HAD TO USE MY ICE AXE AND CRAMPONS OVER A SMALL SNOW FIELD. I CONTINUED ON THE TRAIL, WHICH STARTED GOING DOWN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FOOTHILL, AND CONTINUED DESCENDING FOR ABOUT AN HOUR UNTIL I REALISED THAT I HAD MADE THE STUPIDEST HIKING MISTAKE EVER! IT TOOK ME AN HOUR AND A HALF TO HIKE BACK UP TO THE SADDLE, CURSING MYSELF THE ENTIRE WAY. ONCE BACK AT THE SADDLE, I WAS TO TRAVEL OVERLAND IN A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION. HOWEVER, AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, MY COMPASS BROKE EARLIER IN THE DAY, AND I TRAVELLED ALONG THE RIDGE IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, TOWARD A GROUP OF ROCKS A MILE OR SO AWAY, WHICH I THOUGHT WERE THE 'LOW-WALLED SHELTERS' THAT PREVIOUS HIKERS BUILT, ONLY TO FIND OUT WHEN I GOT CLOSER THAT THEY WERE NATURAL ROCK FORMATIONS. IT THEN STARTED TO RAIN. I HAD BEEN HIKING WITH AN EIGHTY POUND PACK FOR ABOUT TWELVE HOURS AT THAT POINT, SO I SET UP CAMP.
I SPENT LAST NIGHT IN RED...
I SPENT LAST NIGHT IN RED LODGE. I GOT TO THE TRAILHEAD AND STARTED THE HIGH POINT HIKE AT AROUND 7:30 AM. THE HIGH POINT IS GRANITE PEAK...ELEVATION IS 12,799 FEET...ELEVATION GAIN IS 8200 FEET...THE HIKE IS 23.2 MILES.
Just outside of the town of...
Just outside of the town of Kalispell (north) is a little mini-golf place that is a must see. The mini-golf is fun but the best part is what is behind the mini-golf. The owner has all kinds of animal 'statues', props and sets that you are able to take pictures at. There's a bull to ride, a moose to ride, a jail cell, a giant fish, and many more! You can rent a hat, chaps and vest for a small fee to make the pics look even better!! I will be placing a few more pics soon.
The best scenic drives are off...
The best scenic drives are off the Interstate. Dig out a map and go up the mountain range via the state highways. A nice little town to pass thourgh is Thompson Falls. Some of these towns are home to the mining industry. If you look closly, you'll see some of the old mines still standing.
Visit the Bear's Paw...
Visit the Bear's Paw Battlefied near Chinook, Montana. This is the place where Chief Joseph and what remained of his Nez Perce tribe finally surrendered. The famous, 'I will fight no more forever....' speech would have been made here, but historians have some doubt that it was worded exactly like the versions you have read and seen on TV movies. There is a National Park Service volunteer that will take you on a walking tour of the battlefield, if you do this, you will have a much greater appreciation of what took place versus just wandering around on your own. There isn't much to 'see' but there is a lot to understand here.
Take a hike in one of National...
Take a hike in one of National Parks or in one of the many wilderness areas in Montana.
Beargrass is found in many of the alpine forests in western Montana. I believe that Lewis & Clark made some sort of correlation between the plant and the abundance of bears that seemed to accompany it. Today, that is discounted as merely coincidence by biologists, but the name stuck. This beargrass was growing right off the trail in Jewel Basin, a State Park not far from Kalispell, Montana. Jewel Basin has opportunities for backpackers, although when we hiked there, I was afraid of meeting a grizzly around every blind corner of the trail....maybe it was the beargrass that made me apprehensive.
It's hard not to believe a...
It's hard not to believe a 12-foot tall fiberglass
penguin. Cutbank, Montana claims to be the coldest spot in the nation. It is on the 'high-road', U.S. Highway
2 east of Glacier National Park. The Motel that the penguin stands next to has one room that is a teepee and another that has a jail cell in it.
Cut bank is a nice little town to stop for a bite to eat, or to stay overnight.
Get off the interstate! ...
Get off the interstate! Almost any road takes you by a relic from days past. The dry climate in some areas of Montana helps preserve old homesteads and things like this old wagon being reclaimed by the prairie grass near Virginia City.
Reedpoint, Montana population...
Reedpoint, Montana population 96, holds a sheep drive around Labor Day as a fundraiser for local projects. About 2,000 sheep and 8,000 people show up for something akin to the Festival of San Fermin, except it is in Montana not Spain and features sheep instead of bulls. It is kind of funny to watch that many sheep running down the road because some of them will hop up in the air for seemingly no reason at all. Sheep are not the smartest animals in the world.
Reedpoint is about 8 miles west of Columbus, Montana right on Interstate highway 90.
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