Wednesday, May 2, 2012

April 28, 2012. The Beautiful Drive From Red Lodge, Montana, To Gardiner, Montana.

We left Red Lodge, Montana,
and immediately saw this little deer
wandering down the highway.

You lookin' at me?

Too bad it was a cloudy day.

Enjoy the scenery from Red Lodge to Gardiner, Montana.

Hogan School House.
1895 - 1967

Historical Site.
Site of Old Crow Agency
1875 - 1883

 Old Crow Agency

Old Crow with wife, Pretty Medicine Pipe.

Now here's something I wasn't expecting to see in Montana.

My Outer Banks readers will know exactly what this is.

It's an osprey with her babies.

Anyone interested in buying a waterslide in Montana?

We're stopping in Livingston for lunch.
Rosie's on a roll.
Another good meal!
Stay tuned for our lunch at Montana's Rib and Chop House.

Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

Montana's state fish has a sinister name and a fragile future.  Set apart from other trout by red slash marks on either side of the lower jaw, the Yellowstone cutthroat trout is far from murderous.  Native only to the Yellowstone River drainage, this fish feeds on aquatic insects.  It lays eggs in clean-graveled, riffle areas and rest in cool, clear pools like those found here in front of you.

Unlike some kinds of fish, Yellowstone cutthroat are extremely picky about where they live.  They can't survive in degraded streams and riversThe suffer when non-native fish like rainbow and brook trout are introduced into streams. Overfishing adds to their problems.  That's why, today, the Yellowstone cutthroat live in only a fraction of their historic range.

This is the Yankee Jim Canyon, which has played a significant role in Montana's transportation history.  For at least 7000 years, it has been a major travel route.  There is evidence here of three transportation routes.  One was used as a wagon route in the early days of gold prospecting.  The others were a railroad that carried tourists into Yellowstone National Park, and an early automobile route that was part of the legendary Yellowstone Trail, a recreational route from St. Paul to Seattle.  Rockwork from the early automobile road is visible in several areas, as are painted advertisements on rocks from the early part of the century.

I liked this pretty little church.

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