Several decades ago a baby girl was born in the Golden
Triangle of Montana along the Eastern Front of the Rocky Mountains not far from
the Canadian border. Her family moved away in her first year of life and she
never expected to return – yet here I am! Much like a salmon returning upstream
I find myself residing only miles from the place of my birth! Who would have
ever foreseen this? I truly am returning to my roots!
My Montana Home
In the past weeks and months, I have been occupied with
packing and unpacking boxes, purchasing and selling homes, saying goodbye to
dear friends and making new acquaintances, and simply adjusting to life on the
other side of the Continental Divide!
There are bears here! There are also antelope, deer, bald
eagles, pelicans, bats, Canadian geese (of course), and the occasional river
otter. The river otter is subject for another blog post. I have yet to spy a
bear, but my better half spotted one on the way to work recently. I was both
frustrated and jealous. Jealous that he saw one before me and frustrated that I
may, indeed, need to carry bear spray!
I have a lake! Well, its not my own private lake, but its
about a half mile from my house, so its kind of my lake. But there’s bears, so …
And lots of wind, so … white caps!
However, it gets so cold here that the lake freezes over in the winter. I may
be ice skating again!
Huckleberry ice cream! Enough said.
Lake Frances at sundown
Some things that haven’t changed …
My cinnamon rolls. Once I located my bread machine I was
back in baking mode. They turned out just right!
Laundry. That never changes!
Interesting friends. Wherever I go there are good people to
get to know. Although I miss my friends from the “Old Country,” I know they
will forever be in my heart and in my phone contacts! I’m looking forward to
getting to know my Montana mates. I have not yet found one who wants to run
with me. Tragic!
Running and injuries. I’m fighting a foot problem right now.
I guess I’m still learning to have patience. At least I have an excuse not to
run in the 25 mph winds today!
I will be sharing more of my adventures in coming weeks. Watch
for things returning to Montana (besides me), my view from Valier, escape from
a river otter, and more! Until then, remember to embrace whatever opportunities for adventure come your way. Who knows? You may also get an opportunity to return to your roots.
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus! Happy Running! Carol - aka Running Granny Green