I was in awe of Missoula. It was exactly the type of relaxing environment I needed to be in to escape the Los Angeles rat race. Ponderosa pine trees everywhere and fresh air. It was a bit over cast when we arrived. It was so peaceful to listen to and watch the river stream.
Our cabin was right next to the beautiful Blackfoot River—the same river that inspired the movie A River Runs Through It. There is my daughter checking the river out when we first arrived.
I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.
There was a huge fire pit outside our cabin where we roasted marshmallows and made smores. It was very memorable to be with the family around the fire pit at night looking up at all the stars. That;s my brother watching the fire.
Admiring the beautiful cattle ranch which we stayed on. The clouds and the sky were so beautiful and the people there were very genuine and friendly.
Doing the cattle drive was one of the highlights of the trip. I took this picture on horseback. We herded a large group of cattle from one pasture to another. I felt like a real cowboy. It was so much fun moving the cattle with the horse and shouting at them “move cow.” A lot of the cattle didn’t want to move and let me know mmmmmmoooooooooo!!!
Another cool shot of the cattle from on top of my horse. I hadn’t been on horseback in quite a while and I was very sore. There were about ten of us moving the cattle. We had to form a barrier from the sides and back so that the cattle would all stay moving forward in the right direction. There were several times a couple cattle would move outside the barrier and one of us would have to go and get them back in line. The cattle would wander off or just sit down.