Ahhhhhhh . . . we're back. (sigh)
I cannot even begin to tell you how beautiful Montana is in the spring. Although, I guess technically it is summer, it feels like springtime there. I'm going to take you there now, so sit back, and enjoy the tour. Remember to click on the pictures to make them larger so you can really see the beauty of this place.
Their main house from afar, looking northeast.
You just cannot grasp how
enormous the house is, or how many the acres you
are looking at in photographs.
The home on the north and west sides.
All patio and wraparound deck.
Looking left (east)
I don't like the word "own" . . . I prefer that
their land owns them and is entrusted to them
provided they shower it and every living creature
who lives and walks upon it
with their utmost love and care.
All of their land, up and over and beyond.
Looking right (west)
They have all the land you can see.
Those trees in the distance are a favorite for deer.
And yes, those wonderfully dark clouds gave us a treat!
straight ahead and around the corner - South.
Looking at the master bedroom
They have all the land you can see
except the far mountains.
The patio looking into kitchen and great room.
Mark and I stayed in the bedroom where
the upstairs balcony is. All the other windows are great room.
On over to the right and the wrap around deck.
There is an outdoor fireplace too. (sigh)
The flowers are just incredible right now.
Technically this is the front of the house. It looks south.
This picture was one I took last October.
OK, standing in the front of the house and
looking south - you see the guest house and stables.
Now I'm standing up at the guest house and
taking a picture down towards the main house.
The trees along the left side are where the new fishing cabin is.
I guess the only place you can see all four of the homes
is from the guest house.
Now I've turned to the right and
this is a shot of their caretakers cabin.
He is a Godsend to them, taking care of everything
while they aren't there, including keeping hunters from
trespassing onto their land, which keeps the animals safe.
The herds of deer and elk, the occasional moose,
any mountain lion (they call them "cats" in Montana),
bobcats, lynx and bear are free to roam where they please.
OK, back down to the aspen grove off their patio at the main house.
This is their view of their pond and the new fishing cabin.
The new cabin. There used to be an old cabin here,
but it was unusable. So they tore it down and built this.
It is just a little one bedroom cabin,
with small kitchenette and main room.
They just moved all their furnishings in this
past week. It was pretty exciting!
Since the main house is so large, when just
the two of them come up, they can stay here.
The building on the left is a HUGE
old chicken coop.
Closer view. They enlarged the pond and built the dock.
This shot shows you how close it is to the main house.
And yup, they have it all.
If you cut across the field, it's about a 10 minute hike.
If you follow the road, about 30 mins.
Because of their ranch's altitude, there are
NO SNAKES OR REPTILES!
So I hike as often as I can. :)
Cross this little bridge . . .
Which spans this year round creek which feeds the pond . . .
and you have arrived!
Mike is an AVID flyfisherman,
which is why they built the cabin by the pond.
Can you see what the door handle is made from?
The view from the front porch. (sigh)
So that's it for now. I could spend all day on this post, but better make it a few different ones. Wait'll you see OUR HIKE! (whew!) Thought I was going to die. My brain kept telling my legs what to do, but my legs just weren't doing it any more. :)
Hope you enjoyed my little Montana vacation spot. Let me know!