This morning since there was no eating facilities near the Motel Cal rode 18 miles to
for breakfast. At that point we were able to access the internet and add the photos to the blog we sent last night. Chester, MT
It was cool again this morning, but not as cold as yesterday. I am waiting on ‘summer’!! I know it is ‘east’ somewhere!! I want to wear sandals and capri’s, not sweatshirts, wool socks and closed shoes.
The landscape did not change much – wheat field, fallow fields – often in alternating strips and some pasture. Farmsteads are miles apart, but every little settlement had 2, 3 or 4 grain elevators along the railroad. The populations of the settlements along Rt.2 are 20, 871, 210, 102, 275, 157, 126, and then this afternoon we arrived in Havre! Population of 9000 – largest town for hundreds of miles! They have a Super K-Mart, and a Super Wal-Mart!!
|Small Town Montana, Motel and Fuel Station - Where we overnighted|
|Strip Farming of Wheat|
|Strip Farming of Wheat|
A rather unexpected aspect – mosquitoes!! As I was sitting, waiting and reading,
pulled up beside me asking for the OFF repellant spray. Mosquitoes were swarming him. Cal
The BNSF railway is one busy enterprise. I do not know how many trains we saw today. Also due to this business, it brings big time employment to this area – we see work depots, trucks and pickup trucks all along the road. The railroad has a major impact on this areas economy. Farmers need the railroad to ship their grain.
|Lothair Montana, Three Elevators Along the Rail Road|
|Row of Grain Storage Bins|
As we entered
we read a sign stating that the Montana American Legion places white cross markers along the highway to show the sites of fatal traffic accidents. “Learn from those who passed this way”. We have seen numerous makers, of which some are decorated. Montana
In the past few days, I have seen daffodils, tulips, iris, and lilacs in bloom – fresh and still with buds. Here in
the rural homes use lilac bushes as wind breaks, so right now you see a whole row of beautiful lilac in bloom – I cannot imagine the smell! Yesterday I also saw a crab apple tree just beginning to bloom. It is surprising how the seasons differ right here in the Montana All of these things were finished blooming in U.S. before we left home on Sunday, May 22. Spring is just arriving in northwest Iowa . Thus the reason many of the motels and restaurants are just opening for the season. Montana
|Windbreak with a row of blooming Lilacs|