Montana Outdoors

May 23, 2016

Meanwhile, in Phoenix it was 88 degrees.

Filed under: Wood cutting — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:47 pm

Today, after 6 days of rain, I decided it was time to get out a bit and scout for a place to cut firewood for next winter. I chose the Siegel Creek drainage and hoped that the last snow drifts on the high road would be small enough to let me get to the divide. It was a little surprising to see that the road was clear, and I drove the Jeep another 5 miles past the divide, 14 miles (and a mile higher in elevation) after leaving the highway. At about 7,000 feet there was a pretty good snow storm going on and the heater in the Jeep felt good. A lot of blown down trees showed that winter was not kind to the mountain and the rocks on the road made me happy that I had spent an extra couple hundred dollars for extra good tires last winter, but the miles of green were very pretty and the entire trip was quite refreshing.

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

Siegel Creek

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Sticky Geranium

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:36 am

sticky purple geranium

From “Montana.plant-life.org”:

Medicinal Uses:
The whole plant is astringent, salve and has agents that check bleeding by contracting blood vessels. Herbalists have used geranium roots to stop bleeding and to treat sores and chapped lips. It was used medicinally by the Blackfoot Indians among others. They used an infusion from this plant to treat diarrhea and gastric upset and urinary irritations. A gargle was used in the treatment of sore throats. The root of this plant is astringent and was dried and powdered and used by Native Americans to stop external bleeding. An infusion of the leaves or the roots has been used as a wash for sore eyes.

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