Here are a few tidbits we observed that you may find of interest about our trip into Montana. The Montana American Legion chapters place a small metal white cross on the roadside wherever there is a fatality in a motor vehicle accident. They are placed there as a reminder to the motoring public to be careful and drive safely. We observed as many as 6 in a single location. Quite sobering. We were quite surprised to see speed limits of 80 MPH on some sections of interstates, and 70 MPH on some secondary 2 lane roads. We noticed unusual birds (to us) throughout the area about the same size as a dove, but with unusual black, white and blue markings. They have a long tail and were quite striking. Pat told us they were Magpie's .In the northwestern section of Montana, there is an area known as Flathead Valley that is very diverse and scenic with many items, areas, governments, and even fruit with Flathead as part of their name. An example is the Flathead Cherry that is very prevalent in the area is grown in Flathead County that is near Flathead lake! Huckleberries are a new fruit to us that is grown in this same area as well. Huckleberries are similar in appearance to Blueberries, but are smaller, and slightly more bitter. We purchased a pack from a young man coming through the RV park selling them.
|Flathead Cherries. There are 2 varieties, the gold and the red. To me, the gold are a little sweeter. The berries are very large, about the size of a nickel.|
|The Magpie. Isn't he a handsome bird!|
|I guess some of my family was here before us!|
|Us Cherry's do get around!|
|One of many white crosses we saw on Montana highways.|
|Coming into Idaho on I-90.|