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  1. Edith McCrotch

    January 18th, 2013

    Capt. Vasili Borodin: “I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck… maybe even a “recreational vehicle.” And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?”

    Captain Ramius: “I suppose.”

    Capt. Vasili Borodin: “No papers?”

    Captain Ramius: “No papers, state to state.”

    Capt. Vasili Borodin: “Well then, in winter I will live in… Arizona. Actually, I think I will need two wives.”

    Captain Ramius: “Oh, at least.”

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  2. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 18th, 2013

    Beautiful.

    Pity it’s owned by liberals and ‘RATs like Redford.

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  3. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 18th, 2013

    @ Edith – Ah, Red October,one of my favorite Connery movies, along with Russia House and The Man Who Would Be KIng.

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  4. Claudia

    January 18th, 2013

    Sigh, that was a healing balm for my soul.

    Thank you, illustr8r. You are a gem.

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  5. Jack Daniels

    January 18th, 2013

    Ah the memories. I use to spend a lot of time in Montana when I lived in Alberta. Love the badlands.

    Open country, cowboys, rodeos, pickup trucks, horses and drilling rigs….what’s not to love!!

    Big sky country!!

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  6. Dr. Tar

    January 18th, 2013

    Was that the Obama monument at the 1:00 mark? Its probably the only thing he’d like about this video – too many bitter clingers not enough urban hipters.

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  7. Nutjob

    January 18th, 2013

    That was my first thought Dr. Tar, other then that the rest of it was beautiful.

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  8. woody

    January 18th, 2013

    BFH’s relocation?

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  9. Unruly Refugee

    January 18th, 2013

    I love the feel of Montana under my feet. Can’t be beat!

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  10. Cate

    January 18th, 2013

    Best State in the Union. Had been thinking of relocating back, but the Liberals are slowly taking over. I too prefer the badlands or the area east of the Continental Divide. I miss the 4th of July Rodeo, and steak fry. My maid of honor’s family summer home is in LIncoln… in the same development that Ted lived. They were pretty much neighbors and used to see him riding his bike to town. Best beef jerky comes from there!

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  11. Cate

    January 18th, 2013

    BFH… Thanks!! great way to start my morning. :)

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  12. norman einstein

    January 18th, 2013

    Spectacular! Thanks, illustr8r, for another winner!

    @Dr. Tar, thanks for the clarification.
    I thought it was Pierced Organ.

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  13. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 18th, 2013

    Thanks for the TGIF start illustr8r. I’m just glad they didn’t slip the mouth of the south’s mug in there anywhere.

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  14. John F.

    January 18th, 2013

    So sad my northern neighbor is turning purple. :(

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  15. Billy Fuster

    January 18th, 2013

    Mighty purty.

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  16. dude

    January 18th, 2013

    But they were smart enough not to vote for barry the second time around.

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  17. conservative cowgirl

    January 18th, 2013

    What a gorgeous state! I can’t believe I’ve never managed to see any of it for myself.

    I see from the “wind farm” shot that librot has started setting in. :(

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  18. the aardvark

    January 18th, 2013

    One of my favorite drives I make while out delivering flowers on Sundays is from Libby, Mt. to Eureka, Mt. approx. 67 mi up Hwy. 37 alongside Lake Koocanusa. Last Sunday I counted 1 car coming back down from Eureka to just below Libby Dam about 50 mi. or so. I’ve seen more wildlife on this rd. than just any other rd. I drive on making deliveries. Deer, Rocky mtn. sheep, a cougar and a black bear, lots of bald eagles, a fox. Its an absolutely gorgeous drive from Libby to Eureka, very wide rd. and well maintained and for the most part the speed limit is 70. And the most breath taking part of the dive (other than the mtns.) is the suspension bridge across Lake Koocanusa about 54 mi. N. of Libby connecting it to a rd. on the W. side of the Lake that goes to Yaak, Mt. I drove that road once and its almost all total wilderness in that part of Montana. I call the bridge , the bridge in the middle of nowhere.

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  19. the aardvark

    January 18th, 2013

    Drive not dive.

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  20. the aardvark

    January 18th, 2013

    Lake Koocanusa is a man made lake behind Libby Dam named after the Kootenai River and for Canada and USA.

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  21. really enraged

    January 19th, 2013

    Thank you Illustr8r!! I really love what you do for our State!

    And there are plenty of other incredibly beautiful drives that can be taken besides those beauties Aardvark mentioned. There are several others up in Aardvark’s country too – Kalispell to Libby to Troy and then down through the Cabinets and past the lakes to hook up with the Interstate. The road running from Kalispell down through the Swan Range and the Clearwater Drainage and over E and S to Helena is another. The drive from Great Falls down through Helena to Butte is a beauty too, especally if you take the frontage road from Hardy down to Wolf Creek or farther S into the Wolf Creek Canyon. Then there’s I-15 down to Dillon S of Butte (look to your left at the Humbug Spires about 30 mi. S of Butte) and the Centennial Valley if you hook E at Monida. The road from Columbus to Absarokee to Red Lodge is another of the prettiest drives you ever could take too, especially on a motorcycle, running along under the N face of the Beartooth Range. Route 200 out to the E border also is especially beautiful in the Spring and the Fall if you like horizonless prairie and badlands.

    @ Cate: Come on back home and help us fight the bastards! At least the Legislature isn’t controlled by them this session! It’ll be a cluster but at leat the lib agenda will be stalled.

    @ Boobie: The bastards don’t own all of us yet by any means. The Paradise Valley and some of the country up by Flathead lake and Whitefish has been bought up some but they still aren’t in control. The rat redford is in Utah, not here. They seem to be surviving him.

    @CC: Come on out! I’ll take you for some canoe/kayak floats on some pretty rivers and lakes and some hikes if you wish. We can wear our Ushanka hats. If you’re interested, get my name and e-mail from Fur or Admin Girl. Not all that many windfarms either. Bad enough but easily avoided.

    Pardon me folks, but Mrs. Enraged and I just love this place! We thank our lucky stars every morning when we wake up.

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  22. Bad Brad

    January 19th, 2013

    really enraged, I’m more then a little jealous.

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  23. MaryfromMarin

    January 19th, 2013

    Montana was near the top of our relocation list. Now it IS at the top.

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  24. Kairn

    January 19th, 2013

    Simply awesome beauty. Thank you illust8r.

    I’ve only been to the area around Libby, MT and I caught a small Kokanee trout on Lake Koocanusa. The lake had only recently been jam packed with anglers who had pretty much cleaned up. But that one little fish was still a thrill to bring in. Tasted good too.

    I enjoyed my visit to western Montana very much. Need to make another trip there this year. So much more to see and be inspired by.

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  25. the aardvark

    January 19th, 2013

    I forgot about the drive outside of Troy, Mt. on Hwy 2. At the top of the hill going W. towards Libby turn right just before the rest area and head S. down the Hwy. towards Thompson Falls alongside the Bull River and thru the middle of the Cabinet Mtns. Beautiful country and beautiful drive. And if you get a chance stop at the Ross Creek ancient cedar forest, its well worth the drive. At the junction where if you go left towards Thompson Falls you can also get back to Sandpoint, Id. by turning right and following Hwy 200 back into Sandpoint. I drive this way a few times each yr. just because I can. The view down around Clark Fork, Id. and the N. end of Pend Oreille Lake will take your breath away. Also if you go a few mi. further on Hwy. 2 East towards Libby stop at the Kootenai Falls and walk down towards the swinging bridge over the Kootenai River, you can’t miss it. I love the pedestrian bridge over the top of the railroad tracks, its a great place to watch trains pass by right underneath your feet.

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  26. Duckie fuppie

    January 19th, 2013

    If you like this kind of aerial scenery, as I do, follow this link to the website. There are hundreds or thousands of these type of videos from all over the world! http://archive.skyworks.co.uk/

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  27. really enraged

    January 19th, 2013

    @ Brad, Mary and Kairn, et al: Get my name and e-mail from Fur and/or Admin Girl. My invitation applies to all if you happen to make it out here.

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  28. MaryfromMarin

    January 20th, 2013

    @really enraged–

    If you send your email address to BFH, he’ll pass it on to me. We hope to make it up to Montana soon, to scout around, and would be pleased to meet you and your wife.

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