Monday, September 12, 2011

Revisiting america

Jo Anne and I had a sweet reunion, not having seen one another for quite a few years.  She's my lovely neice from California, a school teacher, the oldest child of my sister Jo Ethel, married to Russell, mother of one son, Brian, and he has a lovely wife, Noosha.
And what a pleasure to meet Jo Anne's friends, Fred and Pat Cornelious, both retired school teachers, that Jo Anne had taught with in California.
The scenery on the drive to Twin Bridges was just breathtaking, and several times I just wanted to stop, sit, and look for awhile.
I was anxious to get to Twin Bridges though, and landlady Marsha Greenmore was waiting for me to arrive.  Such a nice lady, so accomodating, and after seeing how much stuff we each had, offered another room that was available.  That did work quite well for both of us, we were less crowded but still able to be together.
My first foray is always to the grocery store, and who should spot our Alabama license plate but a nice young man from Birmingham Alabama, Matt Hill, and wife Susanna, she is from this area.  Naturally we talked a bit and found out about each other.  Matt is a Loan Officer with First Madison Valley Bank and Susanna is with the Madisonian , the Ennis, Montana weekly newspaper.  (Hope she'll help set up an interview).  Anyway, nice couple and I hope I see them again. 
Our next decision was to decide what we would do the two days we had to explore the area.
Dillon, Montana, about twenty miles from Twin Bridges, is in Beaverhead County, in the southwest corner of Montana, surrounded on three sides by the Continental Divide, the largest county in Montana, and the land area consists of deep basins separated by towering mountain ranges.  Dillon is the county seat and major trading area for over 13,000 people in Beaverhead and western Madison counties.  It's the headquarters of the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, the Dillon Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, the University of Montana Western, and the National Franchise Office of Great Harvest Bread Company.  Dillon also forms the center of Montana's largest cattle and hay producing areas, and is one of Montana's top agricultural centers.  Plus, dozens of mountain lakes, great  fishing rivers and streams, abundant wildlife,
hiking and snowmobile trails, ghost towns to visit, places to dig for crystals, and the best fisheries anywhere, just ask the people who return year after year to fish.

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