Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Sixteen

K’den. Let’s continue da road trip, k?

So, last time, we’d just stopped in Missoula at Starbucks and seen the license plate from Hawaiʻi. It was a very quick stop; we still had a long ways to go till Bozeman. I called T, my cousin’s wife… oh, I no like how that sounds. So distancing, yeah? So, I called T and told her not to wait dinner for us; that we’d be there about nine. She was fine with that, so on we went.

Here we are, heading back mauka (but still get mauka all ova da place! Aftah all, we stay in da middo of da Rocky Mauka!); Interstate 90 is up in front of us, a few miles away.

We cross over the Clark Fork River.

And here we are, entering Interstate 90 going east/mauka. Go figgah.

I remembered this place from our first Montana trip, and knew that we’d probably see trains up ahead.

The big white M is for the University of Montana, which is here in Missoula. If you look closely, you can see a trail that takes you up to the M. You, not me. LOL.

One of these days I’d love to head up to Great Falls. I’ve seen photos of it and read about the falls in Lewis and Clark’s diary.

So I know dis kane from back home named Clinton. Gotta take da photo foa him, right? One whole town named afta him!

The first time we came this way, we saw a small cattle drive right alongside the freeway in Drummond. Hard to forget, that one.

Time for a shi shi and stretching break; this is a wonderful rest area because there’s so much information on signs all around.

It was May, and all the hills around us were beginning to green up.

This sign talks about the incredibly lovely Garnet Mountains, which we’d soon be seeing in their full glory.

There was a ghost town nearby; we just didn’t have time to stop. I think a month in Montana still wouldn’t be enough.

I know I say it a lot, but I just love reading all the information on signs like this.

We’d soon be seeing the limestone, too.

Really interesting information about Madison Limestone.

“Watch For Ice On Bridge”, the sign says. But there’s none to be found here. At least not now.

And here’s our first view of the limestone.

These rocky outcroppings were so beautiful. Every time I see views like this I always think of my friend, Izzie, who loves them.

Another view of the Madison Limestone.

It’s really hard to describe how beautiful the limestone is. The way the red stand out against the rocks is a show-stopper.

Whoo hoo!! Train!!! Nolemana doesn’t understand my love for trains and I’m not even sure I can explain it myself.

We could see clouds moving in from the east and didn’t know if it was going to pour. But they sure were pretty in the sky. This is near Milepost 147.

More craggy cliffs south of the interstate.

We could see more Madison Limestone in them, too.

Definitely rain ahead.

It was so really interesting to see how the trees were growing and thriving in what looked like a fairly inhospitable place. I thought of all the circumstances that I’ve been through, that others have been through, and somehow we learn to grow and thrive even though we have our own difficult places where we’re planted.

The Clark Fork River came into view again for the first time in a long time.

Kinda blurry and a buggy windshield, but we were pretty sure Butte was getting close. It was almost 8 p.m. and 64°.

Oh yeah. Rain. Definitely rain.

We’re now almost to Garrison Junction. This is where the interstate branches off for Helena. We took that turnoff in 2009. But not this time.

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3 Responses to Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Sixteen

  1. Izzie Kikue says:

    I love rolling hills… and oh man, the limestone! I really enjoy hiking up and about in Utah. I’ve been going into Zion National Park there because of the formations of the rocks, cliffs, and mountains. I just can’t get enough. I get all excited when there are mountains to see. Each one is different. I guess that is what attracts me the most about rock formations. Every bit of it is unique. Sort of like each one of us, we’re all different.

    Oh man! Too bad you didn’t have time to go to that ghost town!!! I would LOVE to go and snoop around for ghost. That town must have some major stories to tell. I’d like to hear it. From the ghosts there, that’s for sure! :)

    Just so beautiful, all of these photos. It looks like I have a lot of reading to catch up. I’ve been out of town a lot, and will be leaving for the west coast again very soon. I’m like you, I take my camera and snap a bunch of photos. I love doing that… and that’s why I love viewing your photos!!

    Thank you for tagging me at FB for this. I really enjoyed. You’re the best, my tita!

  2. Babooze says:

    Awesome Moki, love takin’ dis trip wit u wen u hav us along. Das why wen git chance I tell Jutta we go downtown an i shoot plenti pictures of being in town. Mebbe i send u an Izzie some of where we stay at too. So…dis Clinton town? Git plent Babooze’s deah too ah! I can jus’ pitcha dat. Mahalo for da ride.m/

  3. AFK says:

    I love your travelogues. My odder half and I have driven through Missoula a couple of times, and I did not know the story of the limestone. Thanks for sharing!

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