We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We keep looking at the whole area bounded by Walla Walla - Coeur d-Alene - Kalispell - Missoula. She likes western Montana but feels the area around Great Falls would be just too cold. But I think another trip along Hwy 89 through Choteau might be nice.
That 3 BR is way over priced. I'd start haggling at around 39k. Settle for 42k.
It's that dead June E. Purr shrub (aka arborvitae) in front of the house.
I'm such a BTO. Big time operator.
More like a BTD. Big time dummy.
One of my favorite mountain chains is the Grand Tetons, which are of course, located in Montana and environs. Note also here that the Teton River "runs through it," as the saying goes Of course, you all know that Teton is French for ummm, bosom. So this is probably Boobie mountain, or some highfalutin version thereof.
You know the French. Everything in their language has sex -- "sur la table" and so on. So, of course, mountains do too. In this case, big boobies. How quaint.
It is, however, a beautiful mountain. And a beautiful picture. And counts as a "hussy picture," as Meta is wont to call them.
The Badlands of Montana are well east of Choteau, closer to Glendive, and the area has produced a wealth of dinosaur fossils. The movie Jurassic Park has a scene set in the Badlands, and the wealthy fellow says "I have a jet standing by in Choteau." Whether he means the city or the county, it's still an hour or so by chopper and 4-6 hours by car. Lots of aiports lots closer, but it was a hoot because it meant some Hollywood type just got a name off a map without knowing anything. We get calls in Billings from people in the East asking if we can make a run to Great Falls -- people don't realize it's a three-hour trip each way.
"The Front" is God's own Cathedral! Very very close to that site temperatures dropped down to -80 without the wind chill factor. That was about 70 years ago--so not to worry. Just get a couple of weeks below zero. It is about the wind: "Only place in the states where people fall down when the wind stops blowing".
I'd love to move to Montana if I could find a job that pays as well as the one I have in Dallas. Not likely with my skill set. A co-worker sold his place up there and moved to Houston because that commute was a killer. Its a beautiful part of the country though.........
My dad was a marketing manager for Mountain Bell in Billings lo these many years ago and he ran into the same thing from the hire ups in Bell Systems on the East Coast.
A couple times a year he would be asked to run over to Butte or Great Falls for a meeting that afternoon (Each approximately 225 miles away) . They could never comprehend the vastness of the State and how far apart "major" cities are from each other.
This is also near Augusta, MT where some of my ancestors homesteaded in the 1880's. We still use an iron bed of theirs in the guest room. It came up the Missouri river to Ft. Benton on a steamboat around that time. It still has most of the original red paint.
Would love to return back to the State but like others here no real job for my expertise.