Checking out the Plains of Montana

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
Trip End Oct 16, 2009

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Today I travelled with one of the two 'supper wagons' into the remote areas east and north of Great Falls, towards the Canadian border.  I've been hearing about this area since the beginning of the trip and how one of the more remote farms is a breeding ground for rattlesnakes.  In previous years they have actually seen nests or balls of rattlesnakes.  The land is beautiful and I had an opportunity to talk to one of the farmers and asked her about the remoteness.  Cathy's response was that this wasn't remote.  It was only 35 miles to one town, 45 to another and an hour to Great Falls.  She had already made at least one triip to Great Falls that day for parts.  The roads into these farms are gravel, as opposed to 'dirt', and if one is familiar with driving on loose gravel (read round stones) the driving is not bad.  Unlike in Colorado, many of the farmers still live on the land where they farm.

While this summer's adventures may not be everyone's cup of tea, both Don and I are enjoying being back in touch with the elements and nature, as you can only do when you are away from developed areas.  Don is seeing a wide variety of wildlife each day, yes even a rattle snake, as the combines disturb feeding and nesting wildlife. 

I am enjoying time to work on my fibre art and hope to soon finish my second large piece of the summer.  I can't post pictures as that would disqualify entry in some competitions.
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