Montana Outdoors

June 21, 2008

Patrick’s Creek

This small meadow is along the lower end of Patrick’s Creek not far from where it flows into the Clark Fork River as the big river takes a short journey of twenty miles due east through the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana before turning sharply to the left and resuming its northward flow toward its rendezvous with the Pacific.

The pure, cold water of this small stream flows untouched and undisturbed through the Patrick’s Knob roadless area from its origin on the pine and fir covered slopes of the peak over four thousand feet above this narrow valley.

As I filled my canteens here and lashed them back on my pack I reflected on how much I love this remaining wild country and how strongly I hope we will have the wisdom to keep it wild for those who will grow to love it after we are gone!

Patrick’s Creek
Patrick's Creek


  1. sounds like you’ve been getting a real workout the last few days! thanks for sharing your adventures and lovely pictures!


    Comment by silken — June 22, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  2. Ironically, summer is the time for hard work. The exertion would be a little more pleasant in the colder temperatures of winter! It’s so pretty now in the wild country it’s worth a little perspiration to get up into it.


    Comment by montucky — June 22, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  3. Oh, gorgeous gorgeous!! That’s *just* beautiful!!


    Comment by Sara — June 22, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  4. I think you mentioned in the description on one of your photos from your Montana trip that you took the St. Regis-Paradise Scenic Byway. On that road you would have passed within a mile or so of this scene. It’s largely because of scenes like this that I love Montana so much.


    Comment by montucky — June 22, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

  5. I’ve always loved the cities (especially Tokyo and Paris but even places like NYC, Chicago and LA), but your photos, montucky, have brought me back to my roots as a child of the countryside…and what a countryside you have there in Montana. Now I understand why my dear friend Julie vacations there two or three times a year…too bad she can’t take a decent photo. šŸ˜€


    Comment by Tabbie — June 25, 2008 @ 4:39 am

  6. It’s great that you have roots in the country! I love the wild places: besides their beauty they remind me that there is still a world where the simple requirements of life remain simple.


    Comment by montucky — June 25, 2008 @ 8:57 am

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