Thursday, September 22, 2011

An Excursion

The thing that’s really nice about the cabins we’ve stayed at is that we can go from there to explore other beautiful areas.  We can walk around and still come home to a nice place to relax and clean up. I love seeing the different mountains and rivers that there are in this country.  No two look the same.  Nothing can beat the view from a wild flower covered hillside.  Most of these areas had no other people to be seen in them which made it all the more spectacular.  We were glad for my Dad’s Grand Cherokee to get us to some of these spots.  I seriously don’t think my car could have handled it.  I wonder if this keeps the tree warm during the harsh winters here!  These little purple flowers smell like black pepper if you take the time to sniff them.  This is a chipmunk eye view of Mike and Gabby exploring the forest.  I can never get enough of the wild roses and their heavenly smell!  Seeing some of these rockslides made me glad that it wasn’t pouring rain while we navigated the narrow roads.  Here’s an idea of just how narrow the roads were.  I love the sound of these mountain rivers so much!  I can imagine the fish in this stream hopping right into my frying pan!  The weather couldn’t have been more glorious.  This is classic Montana!  This is ironically called the Stillwater…I think not!  Walking these trails is something I’ve grown to love so much.  Several people have been hurt and killed by bears over the last couple years…it pays to pay attention to your surroundings.  A couple we met up here actually saw a large black bear but all we saw were these signs.  Our days for really long hikes are over and seeing the names of these places makes me glad about that.  I have to admit these trailheads did look inviting never the less.  I will leave this as a bookmark until next time!  Now we look forward to my dear brother visiting from Africa.  He will be here on Monday…we are so excited.  He’s not been here to visit us for about 14 years though we visited him last year.  Also so I don’t leave anything left to guess.  The reason I said last week was hard was because our trip to the Philippines has been postponed.  I believe this to be right but it was also very difficult.  Time and seasons belong to God.  We continue to trust Him.  Bless you all, thanks for visiting!


  1. You do live in a magnificent state Joe. The scenery is gorgeous and you captured it perfectly in the photos.

    I am so your trip to the Philippines has been postponed. Hopefully you can go soon.

    Enjoy the visit with your African brother.

  2. You live in a very beautiful State.

  3. I've always wanted to see Montana and Wyoming. Thanks for almost next best thing!

  4. Been a few years since I've been up there but it appears to of not changed much. Most of the roads were for high clearance and a pick up sufficed. Used camp out on the western edge of the Big Horn Mountains, listen to owl go out hunting at night, the coyotes yipping but never met any bears.

    Flathead Lake is one of those place I would love to go back to. On up through Glacier again, there I saw more then a few bears.

    Then travel across the great plains of eastern Montana, vast rolling fields of grain, expansive herds of cattle. Where I live now is a couple of miles from the Texas/Montana cattle trail. Cattle herds of thousands.

    Hope the visit is good and your trip can be rescheduled.

  5. You certainly are truly blessed Joe.. to be able to travel the way you do, and be able to such great photo's... thanks for sharing...

  6. Hey Joe,
    sorry to hear about your trip being canceled.. all in God's time..
    love these photos.. glad you were able to get out and bout into the mountains of our beautiful country.. a time for reflection.. a time for strength.. soon winter will be upon us again.. a time for inner growth.. a time for peace.. a time for FREEZING.."smile"
    anyway.. I have missed you.. and keep you in close thought and prayer.. do take care dear friend.. God speed in all you do..
    soft hugs always.. ~Hope

  7. Your photos are breath takingly beautiful. Being alert of what's around you it is wonderful to stop and smell the flowers even though it is like pepper, ha. I am sad to hear your trip is postponed. I know your friend will enjoy his stay. Have a great time.

  8. Being in a cabin in the mountains sounds so wonderful, Joe. Beautiful pictures of the mountains and forest.I liked your perspective on the photo of a chipmunk's eye view. Made me smile at the thought.

    Sorry to hear your trip was cancelled but I know God has His reasons, even though you may not understand them at this time. In the meantime enjoy the visit with your dear brother.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. It is always nice to hear from you.
    Take care and have a nice weekend.
    Dianne :)

  9. Joe I love your photos. Seems we love to capture the same things. I really like that. Im not sure about the moss on the trees that keeps them well in the winter . I think its the roots and how much water they have way down there and how old they are to be honest. But it is a good thought to look up.
    You almost look like your using a wideangle lens.
    Great work with your camera.

    We have stayed in a few Cabins and seem to think we may go back to that and sell our RV .
    Loved your blog again.

    Have a wonderful visit with your Bro.
    Im so very sorry your trip is postponded. That I know is had to take as you were all looking so forward to it.
    I had minor Surgury yesterday and that too set me back a bit . Ha . I though I would be out with my camera again , It wasnt in Gods plan for that last few days. Hang in ther Joe and I will too. Im one more time on the mend. :). Darn car accident I had.

  10. Just awesome pictures. A pictorial guide of your state. Sorry your trip was cancelled.

  11. Your trip for the Philippines was cancelled it must be disappointed for you and your family.
    The photos are gorgeous of the mountains and forest...
    The little purple flowers smelt like "Black pepper" Never heard about it before...
    The stream your imaginations:I don't think you will catch fish there it more likely you need to buy from fish shop Joe!!

    Thank you for stopping by my place.
    Enjoy your day.

  12. Hi Joe sorry to take so long to get here. But really do enjoy your photos and your ramblings that they bring to you. I really love your squirrels angle. That purple flower is a type of geranium. I have it growing in my perenial garden I dug it up from an area where it grew wild on our property. It fills with flowers every summer. I can't believe how much the landscape changes in this area I just love it. I already know your bro has arrived and you have enjoyed time with him. Got that at Facebook. Anyway better head to your next blog.

  13. I don't know why but my comments are not showing up as sign in. I hate this I write a whole load then it gone forever. Anyway love your squirrels view and all the scenery in the area. Hope this works. Carrie

  14. Ok this is the 3rd time I have tried commenting here hopefully this time it goes thru. I love your squirrel perspective and the country side you have shared. Head to your next blog.