Tuesday was our first full day back at work, spent pleasantly in northwestern Montana. We left home Monday evening, driving half way to our destination and stopping at a lonely little truck stop on a lonely corner crossroads, to sleep for the night. It was around 18 degrees with a clear sky.
We woke up around 5:00 Tuesday morning to a skiff of fresh snow, temperatures hovering around -4, and icy roads.
...and a few deer that weren't quite ready to get up and start their day. When its this cold out, its nice to lay in bed a little while longer.
This north central region of Montana is mostly flat, rolling plains. You can see a long way!
But then you'll run across these random huge buttes that stick up out of the flatness like a rogue wave in an ocean of grass and grain.
They thought long and hard when naming this one and came up with Square Butte. To me it looks more like a trapezoid, but I guess Trapezoid Butte didn't have quite the same ring to it.
The landscape is also quite deceiving in its flatness. Looking at the picture above, one would think that flat plain runs right up to the base of the butte. But as you get closer, the road suddenly drops...
...and crossed a mostly frozen Missouri River...
...into Fort Benton, MT, which is known as the birthplace of Montana.
In addition to those beautiful vistas, if you take this drive, you get to cross Rogers Pass and the Continental Divide.
After this, I put the camera away. I decided to be stingy and think only of myself, to absorb the beauty of God's creation undisturbed. Hope you don't mind. I promised myself next time we take that road I'll keep the camera out and share.
The weather turned icky when we got to the Montana Idaho line on I-90. We spun our way up to the summit of Lookout Pass, but the Idaho side was cleaner, as usual, and after that it was smooth sailing over into western Oregon where we delivered Wednesday morning.
I apologizee for the poor quality of some of these pictures. My camera doesn't like early morning light in a moving vehicle, not to mention that through the windshield that early in the day, things come out looking really blue! But I hope I still was able to give you a feel for that part of Montana.
Added on Friday: Today is apparently National Pound Cake Day! My Mom has shared this with me and now I'm on a hunt for a piece of pound cake so I can participate in the celebration.