Montana Outdoors

June 3, 2010

There’s no place like home!

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:45 pm

Two weeks ago as I returned from a few days visit to Arizona, these were some of the first scenes I saw in Montana as I crossed into the state from the south. Even though I was still nearly five hundred miles from my house in the northwestern part of the state, it felt so good to be home!

For over twenty years I lived away from Montana and in those years I would return for a couple weeks each summer to visit. During those trips, as I looked at these scenes the feeling was bitter sweet because I knew I would have to go back soon. This time the “bitter” was not there: I knew I didn’t have to leave again.

Beaverhead MountainsBeaverhead Mountains, southern Montana

Beaverhead MountainsBeaverhead Mountains, southern Montana

Clark Canyon ReservoirClark Canyon reservoir, southern Montana

Clark Canyon ReservoirClark Canyon reservoir, southern Montana


  1. Beautiful, I can see why you’d be glad to come home to that.


    Comment by Candace — June 4, 2010 @ 2:05 am

    • There’s just something about the Montana mountains that makes me feel at home.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2010 @ 9:01 am

  2. Glad you are home, again. I would miss that beauty, too. Someday, I hope to see it.


    Comment by sandy — June 4, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    • I hope you do have a chance to visit, Sandy. I haven’t even seen all of the state yet myself.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2010 @ 9:04 am

  3. Majestic and breath taking! There is no place like home. 🙂


    Comment by Anna — June 4, 2010 @ 5:48 am

    • There sure is something about the area in which one grew up. I doubt that I would feel the same way had I been raised in a big city, but I know some folks who were raised in one do.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2010 @ 9:06 am

  4. Lovely – truly – no place like home!!! “click, click” with the heels! ;o)


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 4, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    • I have lived at times in six different states. I grew up in Montana and it has always felt like home, but I have also felt very comfortable with Arizona.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2010 @ 9:09 am

  5. Welcome back and I can why you hated to leave it for all those years. The feeling of Home is a very nice feeling.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 4, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  6. Living in such beauty is enriching! Great photographs and fabulous scenery!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 4, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    • “Enriching” is a very good word for it! Being in or near to those mountains is good for the soul!


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  7. Terry:

    To quote Dorothy: “Oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!”



    Comment by Chad — June 4, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    • You know Chad, I think of that quote often when I return home from somewhere. Dorothy articulated a universal feeling, didn’t she!


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  8. Always nice to get back to the home place.


    Comment by knightofswords — June 4, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

  9. Oh my. Inspiring, these are such intoxicating scenes.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — June 5, 2010 @ 1:11 am

    • I remember my Dad saying one time that he could never leave these mountains. I know what he meant and I feel the same way now.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

  10. I have the same feeling about upstate New York where I grew up, but when ever I go to a place that is truely magestic like your mountains are, I think of my feelings for upstate NY and think that if I had grown up in a place like Montana those feelings would would be magnified even more.


    Comment by kateri — June 5, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    • Part of that is perhaps just because mountains are very visual and as such continually imprint their images on one’s mind. When I am in another place and look around it’s immediately obvious that it’s just not the same.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  11. Yes indeed… always good to be home!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 5, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    • I imagine you are also very happy to be home now after all of the traveling you have been doing!


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  12. Montana has to be the most beautiful state in the Union. How wonderful to live exactly where you want to live. Home is a wonderful place indeed.


    Comment by Preston — June 6, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    • Every state that I’ve become very familiar with has it’s own share and type of beauty. Montana’s beautiful wild country is the kind that I personally like best. I do wish however that we were doing more to protect the wild country from those who are eager to exploit it for a few bucks of profit.


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2010 @ 8:06 am

  13. visiting places is fun, but it is always good to get home. you are blessed to live where you do, I can see why you love it!


    Comment by silken — June 9, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    • Part of it too is that the times in which I grew up here were wonderful times and that set the stage.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

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