Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

June 27, 2012

6/27/11: Butte, MT to Gillette, WY

Left Butte first thing in the morning on Monday the 27th.  Montana is a HUGE state.  But it's beautiful.  I have to say that the first 2 days of the trip were my favourite because of the breathtaking scenery.  We traveled about 7 or 8 hours that day; we'd stopped for about 45 minutes or so in Bozeman at lunch time.

Crossing the Continental Divide.

Leaving the Rockies behind.

Eastern Montana turns to grassland the closer you get to Wyoming.


Day 2:  approximately 457 miles

Most memorable moments:  The smoke detector wouldn't turn off in our room in Butte that morning, the scenic tour of downtown Bozeman trying to find somewhere to eat only to end up at a Safeway buying sandwiches & eating them in the parking lot, the 'giant golden boob' building in Sheridan, Russell quipping 'they named a creek after you!' when we passed the Crazy Woman Creek sign, Chinese food buffet in Gillette, oil rigs aka 'ka chunka chunkas', more bug carnage on the windshield and "Are you cleaning the windshield again? That was my snack!", needing SPF 50 because I got a rash from the sun.


  1. Montana is so beautiful! I have not been there in years, but I remember the beauty of the mountains. I know all about road trips, my trip through Colorado last week was amazing. Another really beautiful state.
    Everyday Inspired

  2. I can't imagine travelling so far in one day!

  3. Anonymous2:16 PM

    I seem to remember seemingly endless grassland....

  4. The first 2 days of the trip were definitely my fave b/c of the amazing scenery. I am in love w/ Montana and Wyoming.

  5. Wow those pictures are so beautiful! I'd love to go to Montana one day. :-)