Day 2 Miles City Montana to Ft. Robinson Nebraska


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The above photos are from the sunrise as I left out of Miles City Mt. Also the 10 minutes of light sprinkles was the only rain I saw on the whole trip not bad for late October travel.   It was an amazing trip God was so good the more I travelled the more my worries melted away. As St. Paul said to St. Timothy “where does this spirit of fear from not from God!” Fear keeps us from doing so much in life, keeps us from so much joy and excitement and wonder. God said He came to give us an abundant joyful life and to set free the captives. Don’t let fears and worries hold you captive and keep you from enjoying life.

SONY DSCThis shot shows the entire town of Volborg Montana. Post office, General Store, and Dance hall all in one. Just as in frontier days in many of these small isolated towns these buildings are the heart of the community. Its where relationships are made, communities bond, and life happens.

SONY DSCThe Powder River outside of Broadus Montana. If you were a fur trapper, explorer or a cowboy on the long cattle drives from Texas you know you had reached the Montana Territory when you crossed the Powder River.

SONY DSC SONY DSC On the left is the little one room schoolhouse, many of which are still in operation throughout the west, by the roadside picnic area I stopped for breakfast. It was a pretty spot to relax. The soft ever present sighing of the wind on the high plains and the honking of hundreds of geese on a nearby pond. The geese were doing what I was doing taking a break from the trip as they made their way south before winter. On the right is the main attraction of Alzada Montana the last town in southeastern Montana before you hit the Wyoming border. Its the Stoneville Saloon who advertises cheap drinks and lousy food 🙂

SONY DSC A little abandoned church in Northeastern Wyoming where the Black Hills creep across the border into Wyoming. One observation on this trip: Far to many abandoned churches and schools in communities while the bars thrive I think it speaks to the moral and educational decline we see in our country.

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Above our some nice pics from my stop at Devil’s Tower. Well worth the 10 dollar admission price. Truly a remarkable site and beautiful park. Awe inspiring. Met lots of nice people and took pics of a family and they took pics of me including the awesome photo bomb by the daughter! 🙂

SONY DSC SONY DSCTwo of my favorite pics from the trip. I love how the Tower looks in black and white. It reminds of scenes from the old cowboy movies I watched as a kid. I got to have a good conversation with Hans a German tourist about faith and  life in the American west. He also was learning that out west  just up the road can mean a drive of several hours not a few minutes like in Europe hehe.

SONY DSC The Pine Ridge Community Church in Wyoming’s Black Hills a more beautiful setting to worship God is hard to imagine.

SONY DSCCourthouse in New Castle Wyoming. the whole town is just that pretty take time on your trip to stop , explore, and say hello

SONY DSC SONY DSC. Ft Robinson state park Nebraska. The view from the long porch on the 2nd floor outside my room. It was beautiful and peaceful writing my daily travel journey and reading from the good book as the sun set and the coyotes began to howl. The park was closed when I got there but my reservation was taped to the office door with a warm note from the staff that my key was in the room the lights and heater were on and everything was ready for me. Bet that doesn’t happen in a big city. No one has taught western Nebraskans that you can’t trust everyone and I hope its a lesson they never have to learn. I helped an older couple who pulled up after dark when everything was closed and they weren’t sure where to go or what to do. I showed them where their reservation was taped like mine on the door and showed them where there room was. I was reading from the bible when I saw them pull up and wonder around confused. It just shows if you approach each day saying God show me how to be helpful and show Your love to someone there will be an opportunity. They were so grateful. They like me were tourists from out of state and thought everything was closed and they were going to have to drive unknown roads in the dark looking for a place to stay. Ft Robinson is a beautiful fun spot, a must visit for anyone especially with kids. More pics and info about the park in the next post.

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Exploring the Frontier–Havre MT to Miles City Montana


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A beautiful sunrise in Chinook Montana to start my exploration. Everyday of the journey was amazing and everyday started with something special. This beautiful sunrise the 1st day, the bald eagle flying up from the roadside on the second day, and something awesome each day. The journey covered 3,275 miles and 12 states. It was a journey to find myself, my faith, and my country and share the spectacular beauty and people of America with my followers in the USA and around the world. Also I hope to inspire people to overcome fear and misconceptions and follow their dreams where ever they lead you. To many of us avoid doing what we want or need because of anxiety and fear. Fear of the unknown is one of the greatest most challenging fears we must overcome in life. Follow my story and may it inspire you to follow your own path no matter what the challenges. Open your hearts and minds for new adventures and experiences and follow along and be inspired to create your own adventures.

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The above scenes are from the James Kipp recreation area where the mighty Missouri River flows through the Charles M Russell Wildlife Refuge in the Missouri Breaks area of Montana. Before the bridge over the Missouri was constructed in the middle of the last century ferries where the only way to cross the Missouri. They were dependable providing the water wasn’t to low, to high, or frozen over lol. James Kipp was a fur trader and steam boat captain born in 1788 in Montreal. He explored this area of Montana in the 1820’s and established in 1831 FT Piegan on the Marias River to trade with the Piegan or Blackfeet Indians in the region. I thought it was awesome for this modern day explorer to stop and have breakfast at the site where a pioneering explorer camped.  Just south of this area along the Musselshell River was also Ft Musselshell. A short lived fur trading fort where Sioux and Assiboine Warriors would often take shots at unwary whites. SONY DSC SONY DSC  One of the many old pioneer homes one can discover throughout the west. A symbol both of the harsh conditions facing the early pioneers and of the struggle of many frontier areas to maintain their populations in modern times. SONY DSC The historic Garfield Motel in Jordan Montana. Jordan is the most isolated county seat in America. The county has a population of around 1,200 which is nearly 3 times the size of neighboring Petroleum County MT with a population of 412. If you find yourself in Jordan stop at the Jordan Coffee and Gift shop. Friendly people good coffee in all varieties. Its one of the reasons I love Montana. Where else can a sophisticated lady by herself a chai tea while browsing the latest styles of concealed carry hand bags, in newest Aztec motif 🙂  Good advice for life at a sign on this store. Picture of a handgun with the words “Stay calm and carry” below it. Reminds me of the old pioneer saying: “Trust God but keep your powder dry” SONY DSC SONY DSC These two pics are the Angela Post office still in business and an abandoned early 1900s church at Angela Montana. When its 100s of miles to the next community of any size the post offices, churches, country stores, and bars become the center of many of these small frontier communities their life lines to connect to each other and the world.SONY DSC I love that the Cohagen Montana Bar, only one of two buildings in Cohagen has a squirt soda sign as its marquee. It also has a payphone across the street. It is many long miles to any where and any one else I wonder if you are stuck out their and need to use the payphone who do you call?SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC The first photo in this series is the Yellowstone River as it flows through Miles City Montana. The Yellowstone is the longest free flowing river (undammed) in America. The horses are grazing behind the Range Riders Museum in Miles City. Well worth the stop the museum has an amazing collection of frontier buildings, pioneer objects, Native American Artifacts, and a stunning collection of 400 historic firearms. The last 2 photos are from my campsite along the banks of the Tonque River which flows into the Yellowstone River at Miles City.

Its been said that generally at the end of your life you will regret far more the things you didn’t do in life then the things you did. This has been the case in my life, but I decided that before I got to old to have adventures I was going to seize the days and have adventures and go exploring and overcome my fears and find my faith and when I am old at the end of my days I will have at least great stories to tell. Hope everyone enjoys this and has fun following my adventures.

Fire & Ice Winter In Montana


The beautiful colors at Sunrise and Sunset reflected by the snow always remind me of a mix of fire and ice.

Here is a Sunrise early on January 2nd taken outside my work. 

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That same day I had to travel east across the high plains through an amazing scene left by an Ice Fog that had moved in New Years night. We only get those a few times in winter when the conditions are right for fog not often in the dry air of winter and more rarely no wind!

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and to end some Sunset pics from Christmas Day out at a good friends ranch.

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End of Autumn


Autumn isn’t quite over yet but each weekend more leaves have fallen and the snow has crept lower down on the mountains.

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The colors are still beautiful!

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I love the variety of hues and how the light can change the color from one moment to the next.

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The animals are out getting their last good feeds before the harshness and scarcity of winter comes. I love this next shot of a fearless little pronghorn buck his horns just beginning to bud. He stood his ground while I photographed him crossing the road.

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Lots of deer out and about too.

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I love getting up with the sun and getting out on the road such a peaceful time of day and the quiet and solitude of nature is great for soul and restful for the mind.

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Roamin the Back Country


Saturday was sort of like the plot for Gilligan’s Island, it was supposed to be a 3 hour tour lol but I just kept thinking oh I’ll go a little farther and 7 1/2 hours later I pulled into home. I was just going to drive out to Judith Landing on the Missouri River so I’ll make the first set of pictures the route from Big Sandy Montana down into the Upper Missouri Breaks at Judith Landing. The first are some farm scenes from along the route. This is known as Judith Basin country a large string of valleys and plains between several different mountain ranges. The two ranges seen in these photos are the Bear’s Paw and the Highwood Mountains. Its harvest time for wheat and hay.

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Next are some scenes as you descend from the high plains down into the Missouri Breaks the canyons and ravines carved by the Mighty Missouri River. Judith Landing and the surrounding area have a lot of history. It was a meeting spot for Blackfeet and Gros Ventres native peoples, Lewis & Clark camped there as well. Below is a picture of one of many pioneer little houses on the prairie and an abandoned schoolhouse near Iliad Montana.

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Heading down into the breaks.

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Some info on the history of the area and some more pioneer buildings. You may have to click on the sign pics to make them big enough to read but its easier on me than retyping all that info lol.

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The Missouri River at Judith Landing, a popular canoe, float drop off and pick up point.

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Horses!!

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The view from Clangon Hill 3900 feet heading up the other side to the top of the rims and some of the views on the next section of the drive from Judith Landing through Winifred. Haha anytime you see this type of sign you know you are on a great road for adventure.

The first pic is from the top of the hill looking down at the Judith Landing bridge and the Missouri far below. The mountains in the background are the Bear’s Paw…the mountains in the background of the other scene are the Judith Mountains. A few shots are from the little town of Winifred Montana founded in 1913 I will be back through there hopefully before the weather turns because the other route out of Winifred you can cross the Missouri on a ferry which I think would be cool. I like the old pioneer log cabin in these shots, it was a fancy one multiple rooms and two brick chimneys.

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The next shots is a scene with the Judith Mountains in t he background another area of Montana I want to explore more. There are shots of the square Butte Montana, the actual butte is a lacolith a dome of lava that welled up from its source Volcano some 25 miles away but never erupted. The town of Square Butte has a nice little restaurant the Square Butte country club which has great food and friendly people. The route I followed from Lewistown to Ft Benton through Square Butte and Geraldine was along the old Arrow Creek Stage line which was advertised as a pleasant 13 hour daylight stage coach trip 🙂 It takes an hour or so by car now lol. The school and jail you will see are in square butte the school was built in 1918 the jail in 1915.

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The picture on the right above is Square Butte on the left is a scene of the Judith Mountains.

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Relaxing Drives and Peaceful Spots


Last weekend it was a quest to find a peaceful spot in the mountains close to where I live. I think I succeeded it was very relaxing by the little beaver pond and as a bonus ripe wild huckleberries to pick.

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This weekend it was to take some relaxing rides down roads I had never been on before I found two of them one between Rudyard and Big Sandy Montana and the other between Chester and Ft Benton Montana. Bonus find the Dancing Beagle Cafe and Bakery which just opened 2 weeks before and has great food and friendliest staff around!! If you are travelling Hwy 2 across Montana pull off into Rudyard and eat that Dancing Beagle –isn’t that the best name for a cafe 😀

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