Ally runs off into the sunset at my uncle’s farm
Culbertson, Montana
October 11, 2006

Two weeks ago, Mike, Ally, and I drove to Montana to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins. It’s hard to believe that it takes two days of driving to travel just two states away! Because we had weddings on both Saturdays that week, we had only six days to travel–two days of driving, two days in Culbertson, and then two days of driving again. But it was worth it!

We planned our visit for that week, because Mike’s good friend, Richard, was visiting from England. He drove from Minneapolis to Montana, and met us at this small town near the eastern border of the state. Culbertson has only about 800 residents, and its nearest town is about 30 miles away. My aunt and uncle live in the town, and own a farm nearby. My mother grew up in this small town, and lived on this farm during the summers.

The farm house still stands, but it is gradually falling down, which is sad to see. We slept in a newer cabin near the original farm house. At night we could hear coyotes all around, and look up to see crystal-clear stars and the Milky Way. In the mornings, we’d open the door to wide open spaces and blue skies.

It was fantastic to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins, and to meet the five children that my cousins adopted a few weeks ago. My uncle gave me a tour of parts of the farm that I had never seen. My aunt took us to the school where she works, which is the same school that my mother attended. Mike, Richard, and I explored the farm by four-wheeler. Ally sprinted through the fields, having the time of her life.

More pictures from Montana


Richard, having a blast on the four-wheeler


Me, climbing on some of the old farm equipment that they have retired


Mike and Ally


Richard teaching me how to use that four-wheeler


Brave Mike got on with me, despite my inability to steer or brake.


Ally wanted to ride on it, too


Ally hurt her leg while trying to jump over a cattle grate, and Mike carried her all
he way back to the cabin. (Don’t worry, she was just fine.)


The old granary. I love this building.
It is the subject of my best-selling photograph in my online store.


My uncle Jim took me on a tour of the farm, while the boys played on the four-wheeler.
All of this land is part of the farm. Amazing.


Jim showed me this gorgeous rock formation.


And this one, too.


Jim. He’s the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet.


Mike, Richard, and I went out to the “Montana Bar,” which was a perfect dive.
Here a group of local guys were chanting something about being Montana boys.


Some of the bar’s decor.


Love it


Richard, looking perplexed in the bar.


I love this one of Richard discovering my uncle’s gun in the cabin.
Brits don’t run across guns too often. 😉


I love this one of Jim in his workshop. He makes wonderful metal sculptures,
including these flowers and Christmas decorations. He gave us a poinsettia to take home!


Richard was delighted with Jim’s Studebaker! It belonged to my great-grandfather.

Tomorrow I’ll post some more pictures!

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Amazing pictures. Sounds like you had a great time! I think Ally looks so happy with all that land.

how FUN! you’re looking right at home on that four wheeler!

two days of vacay is better than nothing! i’m sure the drive is beautiful, altho i’m also sure it all starts looking the same!

my mom is in montana right now, but i just looked it up, she’s in somers which is on the other side of the state. merle grew up there off of flathead lake in somers. one day dan and i will get there. what a beautiful state!

merle is building a house there so we’ll always have a place to visit!

as always, thanks for sharing!

Hee, Abby looks pleased that she tricked Mike into carrying her home!

it’s first thing in the morning and I snuck in to check lj while Brady and JP have breakfast! love! especially the studebaker and the christmas lgihts, just keeps getting better.
it’s like someone gave you a key to all the pretty things and you just wander from place to place.

we probably have that all in us. wonderful. nice to have a friend that has not lost touch with it.

Ahhh. These are very refreshing. Wide open spaces like what I grew up with. Thanks so much for posting them and reminding me that there are still places like this left in the world. It sure doesn’t seem so while living in the big bad city. I miss country life, maybe once my wife and I find a house and city for us to live in we can find a place like that.

how fun … very cool to see this stuff. thanks for sharing. Looks like you all had a ball!

Oh Beautiful Pictures. It looks like a fun trip. I’m glad you got to take a trip where you could take Ally. Looks like she had fun. I love that car!

Charlotte Geary

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