Mountainous Montana

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Last week, I crossed off Montana from my “U.S. States visited list”!  One day, I’ll sit down and figure out how many states I have left to go.   🙂  Before going to Montana, my impression of the state was that there would be tons of cowboys, bears, mountains, that was pretty much all I knew about it.  Lots of mountains I did see, but only stuffed bears were in sight, darn!  Not gonna lie, I kind of wanted to see a real bear, but real far away of course!  I heard tons of stories of locals who have had bear encounters, but they all seemed to be quite friendly and non-threatening (except grizzly mothers with babies who are very protective).  To be honest, there weren’t too many cowboys.  I did learn that Montana is known for their huckleberries too and I did mention to snag some jam and chocolates before I left, oh and bear poop too (don’t worry it’s just chocolates hehe)!  😉  And now to share some of the beauty that Montana has to offer (all photos taken with my Canon 50D and processing through Picnik, yes I love vignetting and 1960s effects)!

Upon landing in the  growing metropolis that is Missoula, MT, we were greeted by these giant furries.

A rainy one hour drive led us down to the heart of Bitter Root Valley.

Where we checked in at the comfy cozy lodgey Bitter Root River Inn!

After we came in and worked our magic with the client, we headed back up to Missoula to catch our flight… which ended up being canceled which meant another unintended night in Montana, but on the bright side, it gave me more time to take pictures!

Every city had the first letter of their city embedded in the mountain with white rocks, I thought that was pretty neat!

And lastly, a trip to isn’t complete without eating and drinking the local fare!

Have you ever been to Montana?  I might need suggestions on places to visit in case I go back!

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36 Comments

  1. October 14, 2010 / 12:06 am

    Moose Drool LOL, what a name! I really like the picture of the bear claws for some reason. 😀

  2. October 14, 2010 / 12:44 am

    My boyfriend has had Moose Drool before! I’ve had plenty of bear encounters, it’s nice to think about AFTER the fact.

  3. October 14, 2010 / 1:04 am

    thanks for the shout out girl! i love how mountain towns put their letter on the mountain. i miss my “w” mountain!

    montana looks interesting. i would not like being greeted by old dusty bear claws haha!

  4. Debby
    October 14, 2010 / 6:20 am

    I have not been but enjoyed your photos! How cool is that chandelier?! Love it! xo

  5. October 14, 2010 / 7:03 am

    Pretty Pictures! 🙂

  6. October 14, 2010 / 7:44 am

    love these pics! esp the shoe photo and the one with those round bright yellow flowers (what are those called?). you really captured MT well, i thought. and look at those photo edges – it looks great, friend!

    happy thursday!!

  7. October 14, 2010 / 7:50 am

    I have never been to Montana. It looks gorgeous!

    <3 the rounded corners. ;D

  8. October 14, 2010 / 8:12 am

    So not only did you cross Montana off your list, but you got some AMAZING pictures there too. It’s not a place I’d considered visiting before, but I kinda want to go and see what I can see now. Maybe on my next cross-country road trip.

  9. October 14, 2010 / 8:17 am

    looks like so much fun! Although, I’ll pass on the bear encounter. Did you see claws on those things?? Maybe just bear poop-the chocolate variety of course. LOL. What a disgusting name for chocolate but if it’s chocolate, I’ll pretty much eat it no matter what it’s called. Oh, and I am now following you on google friend. Woo-hoo!! Awesome photos, girlie!

  10. October 14, 2010 / 8:43 am

    I have ALWAYS wanted to visit there. What stunning photos!

  11. October 14, 2010 / 9:20 am

    When I was little I told everyone I wanted to live in Montana when I grew up. Weird, eh? Looks as beautiful as I have always pictured. It’s so strange to think I’ve never been, and I spent so much of my childhood dreaming of it.

  12. October 14, 2010 / 9:55 am

    What beautiful photos!!!
    I don’t travel enough and this makes me want to!!
    xo

  13. October 14, 2010 / 10:08 am

    oh wow what amazing photographs!

  14. steph
    October 14, 2010 / 10:21 am

    Montana looks beautiful!! I loved seeing mountains in Colorado when visiting my sister. Wish I could bring a mountain back to Michigan. Oh well!

    Love the rounded look on the pictures…

  15. October 14, 2010 / 10:52 am

    Montana looks exactly how I would’ve imagined it to look! There’s so many places I’ve yet to see! You’re so lucky to be constantly traveling!! You need to pack me in your suitcase next time 🙂

  16. Nichola
    October 14, 2010 / 11:06 am

    I have now added Montana to my long list of places I’d love to visit. Beautiful images!

  17. October 14, 2010 / 11:49 am

    Awesome pics. My wife and I are relocating to Missoula in March 2011. What you were expecting to see has been the same impression we have also had. Heh heh 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Ron

  18. October 14, 2010 / 12:04 pm

    such beautiful pictures!! my husband’s extended family lives in Montana and I would love to visit there one day.

  19. October 14, 2010 / 12:23 pm

    SANDY!!!! These photos are mindblowingly beautiful!! I know I know, that’s not really a wrod, but jeez. So beautiful! What camera do you use?

    PS. I love you. Your support and affection has blown me away. You are the reason I have 100 followers. Thank you for being so amazing to me <333

  20. October 14, 2010 / 12:58 pm

    I’ve never really thought about going to Montana, but your awesome photos make me want to make a trip! It looks fabulously rustic.

  21. October 14, 2010 / 2:00 pm

    I really love the “M” on the mountain! So cute!

  22. October 14, 2010 / 2:10 pm

    I have been there MANY times. My family has a house in West Yellowstone so I grew up spending summers picking huckleberries, are they are still my favorite berry and jam. Oh I LOVE them. You should go to West Yellowstone sometime. Super cute little town with a play mill that I LOVE seeing little plays in right after I get my ice cream and candy from the local sweets store. Gosh I love Montana.

  23. October 14, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    We went to Montana for a wedding and I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the state. We were near Flathead Lake and what I loved was that it stayed light until almost 9 p.m. during the summer there. We definitely stuck out like sore thumbs there, but it was truly gorgeous there I have to say.

  24. October 14, 2010 / 3:53 pm

    beautiful photos!! i love the rugged nature of montana. i must go visit soon. that “M” mountain is very cool.

  25. October 14, 2010 / 5:05 pm

    I love those photos and the bear paws are so cool
    Kisses my dear

  26. October 14, 2010 / 10:28 pm

    Wow! This place looks amazing! Your photos are so beautiful too. You get to travel so much and see all these places.

  27. October 16, 2010 / 10:30 am

    I’ve never been in the states, so no Montana. Cool photos, tho!
    I’d love to say someday how many places I have left of U.S.A

    xxx

  28. October 17, 2010 / 12:25 pm

    I haven’t spent much time in my lovely neighbor to the north, but a proper vacation there is on my list. I love the pix, esp. the bear claws. They really are huge (and scary).

  29. October 17, 2010 / 6:17 pm

    I’m from Montana! Missoula is one of the prettiest areas. There’s even a Blodgett canyon there! If you go back, you should try to hit up Glacier National Park.

  30. October 18, 2010 / 11:58 am

    Great photos! Montana looks gorgeous! I am terrrrrrrrified of bears, haha. There are a lot up at my cottage (well, we sold my cottage a few years ago, ha. So my old cottage) and I was always so scared I would see one and it would kill me, or eat my dog! Haha. She’s only 12 lbs but thinks she is the size of a horse.

  31. October 21, 2010 / 6:22 pm

    Your images of Montana are incredible… definitely inspiring me to go someday. Well, off to explore some more of this lovely blog of yours 🙂 Paris in Pink

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