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We drove the 3 hours over to Bozeman, MT after work on Monday. @lordvdr's Mom had an appointment on Tuesday we needed to attend with her and we needed to take her vehicle in for repairs. I had discovered that her front brakes were unreliable during my stay in March and we needed them fixed.

On the way to her appointment I noticed that the Jeanette Rankin statue had a handmade shawl on. Over the years I have nothing that she often gets shawls and scarves during cold weather.

Jeanette was the first woman elected to Congress and was elected in both 1916 and 1940 by Montana.

After the appointment ee had time to grab a few geocache today- this one is called MT Windchime and was our favorite of the day.

The cache was hidden inside the middle "chime".

It was a beautiful morning and the snow is almost all gone. Just 1 month ago there was 24 inches of snow on the ground. Today the front yard is clear-

It was raining on and off on the 3 hour drive home. The mountains were barely visible most of the drive but every now and then they would pop out of the clouds-

The rock formations on Homestake Pass are always fascinating to see this area is part of the Boulder Batholith and the granite rocks are weathered into amazing piles and shapes.

Outside of Anaconda we actually saw some blue sky!

We are home now and looking forward to a few weeks without much travel!

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Lovely shawl - simple but very decorative. And a great idea to put it around the statue's shoulders, together with the flowers it's fabulous.

It's an interesting landscape you show us - it seems to be formed by the glaciers with the wide valleys and old mountains. It's so much different from the gentle hills where I live. Everything reasonably flat is used by agriculture: fenced pastures and fields for wheat and sugar beets and rapeseed. We even have a rapeseed festival with a rapeseed queen ;)

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I loved how the shawl looked with the flowers too!
You are correct, this whole area was landscaped by glaciers. There are places outside of Bozeman where it snows every month of the year. The valleys were carved by an inland sea as well as glacial lakes. I will need to do a post about Glacial Lake Missoula sometime, it was amazing.
Around Bozeman most of the flat land is ranch for raising cattle, we are actually considered a high desert and very dry most of the year.

Bozeman has a Sweet Pea Festival! But it is more of an arts Festival than anything else.
https://sweetpeafestival.org

Sugar beets were a major product of Montana for many years, @lordvdr actually works in a remodeled Beet Canning factory. And rapeseed is growing as a product here in the last few years.

How difficult but similar our areas are!

I love that people yarn bomb the statue with shawls and scarves! 😃 Are the flowers a permanent part of the statue? It's hard to tell.

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Yes. They are metal flowers. The whole statue is pretty cool. And there is a magnetic geocache hidden on it as well.

I enjoyed that shawl photo, @jamethiel - I'm so predictable :D

Terrifying about the brakes - I've had a few scrapes going down our lane during slippery conditions.

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I went back in the rain to grab the photo because I hoped a few folks would appreciate it.

The brakes had been acting funny during my last visit and I didn't want her killing someone by accident. So we insisted that the car get checked before she was cleared to drive again. Full front brake replacement was needed as they were almost completely used up. Turns out her favorite mechanic retired a year ago and she just... stopped... taking the vehicle in for maintenance.
Now I worry more about potential dementia as she is starting to make poor decisions.

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Thank you, if it hadn't been raining so much this afternoon we would have walked more. :)


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Beautiful post! Montana is beautiful. I've only ever traveled across it though, lol. (I live in Wyoming now.)

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Thank you! Wyoming is beautiful in it's own way. I have loved exploring Yellowstone and the Oregon Trail Ruts and Devil's Tower on many trips over the last 25 years.

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I haven't done those yet, but we plan to this summer. :-)
More photos to come.

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They are amazing to visit! I hope you enjoy them.