Montana Outdoors

July 9, 2007

Another day cutting wood

Oh yes, there are always a few other things going on at the same time.

Here are the results of the day’s work; 3,000 pounds of hard, dry Lodgepole sitting in the bed of the county’s dirtiest truck. This photo was taken on the road that allows access to the high country at the head of Siegel Creek. To the abrupt right, the creek bed is about 600 feet below and nearly straight down, and the cliff can be seen to the left: consider for a moment the guys who put this road in here in the first place. I tip my hat to them! It’s a bumpy, rocky son-of-a-gun of a road, but a very good one. It is comforting to know when you’re up here in really bad weather, that the road will never wash out (ice is a different story).


Flower season is about over for this year. Indian Paint Brushes are still abundant, but that’s about it except for the Fireweed, which is just beginning to bloom. Here’s the start of it (these stems are about four feet tall):


And the critters.

If it were late September, this Blue Grouse would be tomorrow night’s dinner:

Blue Grouse

The high country has its resident scamps. It is plain by the look on this one’s face that he is a SCAMP!

Ground squirrel

Hey, Scamp, your posture is terrible! Stand up straight!

Ground squirrel

That’s better!


  1. that little guy is cute! what is that, a prairie dog of some sort?


    Comment by Anonymous — July 10, 2007 @ 8:26 am

  2. oops, sorry, all those anonymous comments are just me!


    Comment by silken — July 10, 2007 @ 8:27 am

  3. What a fantastic place you live Terry, great images, I know what you mean about how theses roads were built. When I go to the Smokies I always marvel on how all the roads and trails were built in such treacherous places and the thing that really is incredible is that most if not all were built in the 1930’s and 40’s. BTW what do you do if you meet another truck coming down?


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 10, 2007 @ 8:27 am

  4. silken,

    I think he’s a Columbian Ground Squirrel. They dig some pretty big burrows, usually right near a road or other clear spot. I seem to see them only at the higher elevations.


    Comment by montucky — July 10, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  5. Bernie,

    You’re right about the old roads. I’m not sure when this road was built, but it was probably about in that era, probably using a lot of dynamite! I remember it being there when I was a kid (in the 40’s).

    Every half mile or so there’s a wider place where two trucks can pass. Where there aren’t cliffs on both sides of the road, usually one truck will put two wheels up on the hillside. I’ve been over this road many times and have never had a problem


    Comment by montucky — July 10, 2007 @ 11:27 am

  6. Scamp is an obedient little critter. And better you than me cutting all that wood.

    More great photos.


    Comment by Pinhole — July 10, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

  7. Scamp is obedient because he knows I won’t be back for awhile and he can get by with anything in the meantime.

    Yeah, this is only half of the wood work, too. I now have a huge pile at home that still has to be split and stacked. With the early fire season this year, the issue is to get the wood cut and out of the mountains before it gets too dangerous or they are close the forests, whichever happens first.


    Comment by montucky — July 10, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

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