These terms have all been affectionately coined as descriptors of this mystical land we Montanans call home. And for good reason: I’ve yet to discover a place that holds such an incredibly diverse mix of landscapes as Montana. Read part of my story below. You may be surprised at how much you relate.
From sweeping plains and ranches stretching as far as the eye can see in the eastern expanses to the towering peaks making up a nearly endless number of mountain ranges in the western edges, Montana has everything. Rivers surge with glacial runoff, transporting water from mountain peaks to the the Hudson Bay, the Pacific Ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico. Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park is the hydro-logical apex of the North American continent and is one of the few places on Earth whose waters feed three oceans. Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the United States west of the Mississippi, also calls Montana home.
As a girl growing up in rural New Jersey, I dreamed of one day heading west toward the mountains, rocky and jagged and jutting toward the sky, unlike anything I had ever seen with my own eyes. I fondly remember gazing upon my father’s photo albums from hunting trips out west, knowing that one day I too would head toward the sunset to blaze my own trail. The photos showed a place that almost didn’t seem real. And upon seeing Flathead Lake as my plane was landing here for my first visit, I instantly knew this was where I belonged.
There are many reasons I love Montana, but perhaps the greatest joy it gives me is through my children. Raising my children in Montana has allowed me to give them the kind of upbringing I believe every child should get to experience. Sunday drives in Glacier National Park; weekend camping trips in the Mission Mountains; sunny Saturdays on a boat on Flathead Lake; or powder filled mornings on Big Mountain. There are hidden treasures covering every inch of this great state.
But one thing you won’t find covering every inch of this state - people. Montana is ranked 47th in population density in the United States, a drastic shift for this New Jersey girl, the state with the highest population density. That means more wide open spaces. More starry nights. More rivers to explore and fish to catch. More of everything I love and cherish.
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