I need a vacation from vacation... Driving 18 hours to get home in one day is taxing. Then carrying home the virus's from out of state is a burden which was not anticipated.
But the views were lovely in Montana.
Wyatt could not be kept from the water on the Clark Fork. I kept saying, "Don't get your feet wet." But it did little to dissuade my son from skimming the edges of the rocks on the river bed.
In Ennis, Montana, there is a ridge line on the eastern side of the valley that is great for photography. Big startling mountains rise up from the floor of the land stretching upward with the rising sun.
And there was plenty of snow on the ground still for tromping in. This winter has been very mild in Montana and snow and rain fall is low. The snow still clings to the north facing slopes where the sun does not hit and melt it.
Snowballs and cold hands were not an problem for some kids.
The peak on the right is called "The Sphinx." I think it is famous for getting photographed and may have a slight ego problem.
I liked the s-shaped curve that the remaining snow in this drainage channel formed creating an interesting line through the photo.
I hiked over snow swept hilltops where there was just enough cover to make me feel like it was winter, but not too cold as to keep me indoors.
My favorite tree was this snag that was at the top of a ridge line that I hiked. From almost every angle it photographed well.
And the deer and pronghorn were out and about searching for new grass. This band of deer let me approach then bolted quickly when I got too close for comfort. I tweaked this photo so the deer would show up better. It is amazing how well they camouflage with the landscape.
So next time I want to share some photos of our visit with Pricilla of The Maaa of Pricilla and show how nice goats are too! We got to stop in and visit this celebrity goat, the Publicist and The Male Person in person and it was a great treat!
Bye for now!
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