Don't wait for the only...
Don't wait for the only Campsite of Crow Agency, Little Bighorn to be more than my back yard and I'm not the one who mow the meadow... really it's just a fairly dry meadow near the road and there is just a toilette (not a bathroom) with the shower nearby separated by the toilette only by a wooden wall which however is about 20 cm up from the floor.
And if you feel the need to go to bathroom when you wake up in the morning, it could happen that the toilette is locked because a couple of people used it to overnight and even an unruly man from Texas didn't succeed in getting them out.
This year was a really bad...
This year was a really bad year for bear sightings, and thankfully few attacks. Anytime you are in the mountains; hiking, camping, whatever, you must be aware and prepared, for aggressive animal behavior. If hiking, be sure to make noise or carry 'bear bells' on your pack to alert the animal to your presence. Dispose of food properly, and keep it far away from where you are sleeping. Park rangers and even locals are really helpful and don't be too proud to ask. Its for your own safety.
Make reservations for summer...
Make reservations for summer travel in advance. If you want to be spotaneous, at least call one day ahead or you might end up sleeping in your car! This is especially true if you get off the interstates.
Weather can be VERY...
Weather can be VERY unpredictable. Carry layers of clothing at all times. Don't go off in the woods if you don't know what you are doing or you will have to be rescued. Yes, there are bears here. Moose can also be dangerous.
There are places in ranch...
There are places in ranch country in Montana that allow 'open range'. There aren't fences to keep the cattle off the highway. You really wouldn't want to hit a heifer with your rental car...it would end badly.
Be careful in western Montana...
Be careful in western Montana if you are backpacking or camping in the wild backcounty. Encountering a grizzly bear in the wild is pretty rare, but I don't think the Forest Service puts these signs up just for the fun of it. Bears have a great sense of smell, so make sure you keep food and other things that may smell good to a bear a long way from your tent.
They DO have speed limits...
They DO have speed limits again in Montana. This picture is from 1998 when 'reasonable and prudent' was the rule of thumb. A lot of people still got speeding tickets because their interpretation of reasonable and prudent was not always the same as that of the State Police.
If you are visiting any of the...
If you are visiting any of the Parks or Wilderness areas in Montana, keep in mind that the animals you see are not tame. This mountain goat was near the visitor's center at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, and people were actually trying to get close enough to pet it. I'm always hoping those people try to pet the next buffalo they see as well. As Forrest Gump would say, 'Stupid is as stupid does.'
Watch out for rattlesnakes! ...
Watch out for rattlesnakes! One member of our group came within inches of being bit -- however, the near disaster became a terrific photo opportunity.
Halfway up, and about 3/4 of the way to the right in the photo below, lurks the rattlesnake. Well camouflaged, isn't he?
If you are not comfortable...
If you are not comfortable driving in snow don't visit between November and April. The speed limit is not 150mph either. You might get lucky up to about 80 mph depending on where you are. That seems to be the max. limit. During the winter you can expect snow and ice on all roads. The locals do not slow down to 10-20 miles per hour during the winter. So if you are uncomfortable driving at least 45 mph on snow and ice don't drive there. This will at the very least make them mad if they have to follow you and at the worst it could cause an accident. Do not feed the bears in Glacier and pay close attention to the trail head news regarding recently spotted bears. Oh and the bells they sell for hikers to wear that make noises while you walk, supposedly scaring the bears away...we always refered to them as dinner bells...if you catch my drift.
Montana is a big state so if...
Montana is a big state so if you get off on side roads beprepared in case you break down.
It can be a long walk or wait before someone comes by you cell phoness don't work in all places. So have the things in the car in case you have to wait a wihile.
Careful driving at night
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