Monday, March 5, 2012

Sweet Montana.....

I miss
 you already.

Just returned from spending a
week in Montana and Idaho.
No kids,
no computers,
no cell phones.

 Just my man... and I,
two snowmobiles,
5 feet of snow,
below zero temperatures,
and hundreds of miles
of trails through
 Big Sky Country.

I think this guy
remembered us from last summer.
He looks like he recognizes me.

Only last summer it wasn't a snowmobile we traveled on,
it was a Harley.  Instead of cut offs and tank tops, we had on snow suits and boots.  Instead of feeling the sting of sunburn, we
felt the bite of freezing, cold windburn.  I continually marvel at how traveling those same roads in the winter - could be such a world away from the roads we travel in the summer.  A different planet, no... universe - more dramatic, less forgiving, and yes, even more beautiful.
White, pristine and brutally frigid - yet full of so much life.  They say, "The greatest predator in Yellowstone - is Winter."  I do believe that.
Only the strong survive.

I've lost count on how many times I've been out West.  And while we've been there many times,
Each time  - I see it with new eyes.

Each time I experience new emotions.

Each time, I vow to return.

take care of yourself and 
all of the special creatures
who have been entrusted to you. 
Be kind to them.
Nurture them.
Watch over them - 
 for they are all so very special.

Until we meet again.


The Idaho Beauty said...

Ah, I'm so happy for you! I've never been to Yellowstone in winter. Your pics are beautiful, as always. Glad you found plenty of snow for your snowmobiles - it's been a little scant around here, although I understand Schweitzer has gotten quite a bit lately. I guess if you get up high enough in the back country, you'd find plenty in my neck of the woods.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Nice post. I can't say I share your love of the cold, but I would love to see a Bison in that element. I knew them in a past life, I am sure and long to see them again.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Wow, what an experience! Love the photos. Lesley x

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