Not-So-Stranded in Montana

I may have misrepresented myself earlier this week when I claimed to be “stranded” in the back country of Montana.  While it’s true that I stayed about three days longer than I had anticipated, I wasn’t necessarily “roughing it in the bush,” like our friend Susanna Moodie once said.  In actuality, I’d packed my bedroom essentials, like toothpaste and my boar bristle brush, and we were staying in a five-star luxury cabin on lakefront property.

sleeping-in-the-backseat-of-a-pickupI guess if you sleep in the back seats of enough Ford™ F-Whatever50s, karma eventually gets the hint and throws you a bone.  And I got a really massive bone (still talking about karma here, people—stay with me!).

The cabin belongs to Poor Kyle’s aunt and uncle, who shall remain nameless because they live in constant fear of being verbally torn to shreds on my blog, which is totally silly because I never trash talk people I know in real life unless I’m 100% positive they’ll never find out about it.  At any rate, they were perfectly splendid hosts, even if they had no idea we were coming.  They were gracious and hospitable and even let me eat their FibreOne™ bars and drink their Diet Dr. Peppers™.  And it’s always a good time if DDP is involved.

diet-dr-pepperDDP is to me what vodka is to the rest of the world.

DDP was the fuel that propelled me through the woods driving a quad all by myself (not pictured because mercy sakes alive, I looked atrocious).

DDP compelled me to photograph my lovely surroundings. Well, DDP and the following comment from Poor Kyle’s Uncle Jethro:

“If you’ve got some time to kill, what do you think of all the beautiful nature around the cabin? Would you consider a plain ole Jethro style pictures only post? I’ve not been to the cabin, but I’ve heard from everybody it’s a lovely place, nature wise.”

Yes, Poor Kyle’s Uncle Jethro, I will indeed show pictures of the cabin and surroundings.  Unfortunately, words will be included because, let’s face it: I’m a wordy, wordy, wordy girl.  So with no more ado…

My Not-So-Stranded (But I Still Had No Underoos) Few Days in Montana

Lakefront Cabin in MountainsThe cabin was nestled in the forest…

Lakefront Cabin…and also abutted a gentle lake.

Montana CabinIt’s truly a spectacular place.

Polished Log StaircaseThe most spectacular part (aside from the views) is the stunning polished-log staircase.

Split Log Staircase

Split Log StaircaseHow amazing, right?  I know.

Ashley Lake, MontanaBut the outside views are just as lovely as the interior ones.

Glass Lake

View from Balcony

View From BalconyWouldn’t you agree?

Loon on LakeSupposedly that white line in the center of this photograph was a ripple being caused by a loon.  I don’t know the difference between a loon and a duck, though, so really, it could have been anything.

Montana Wild FlowerAny nature lovers know what type of flower this is?  I’m pretty dumb I guess.

Squirrel in TreeBut I’m not too dumb to know that this is a squirrel.  Or a chipmunk.  Or a gopher.

Close-up of Squirrel in Tree

Splitting Logs in MontanaMotion shots are cool—can you see the split log wedges flying away from the force of Poor Kyle’s Uncle Steve’s axe?

Tree Stump and Axe

No 'Poo Greasy Hair in MountainsThis photo was taken at 10:00 p.m.  See how bright it still was?  I like being in the northern states during summertime.

Poor Kyle and Camille in MontanaPoor Kyle does, too.  He told me.

Montana CampfireWe all sat outside and stared into the fire for three hours.  It was very soothing.  Especially with the call of the loon/duck/swan/goose/seagull {I never know} echoing off the lake.

As you can see, it was a beautiful trip and we really did have a lovely time.  Thanks, Poor Kyle’s Aunt Debbie and Uncle Steve, for not kicking us out when we showed up unannounced on your doorstep.  That was really nice of you.

About Camille

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17 Responses to Not-So-Stranded in Montana

  1. Shelley says:

    I would like to be not-so-stranded in Montana! I love it there. You’re so lucky to have a cabin connection in Montana. Why does nobody I know have a cabin…?

  2. Joel says:

    I love how they shall remain nameless at the beginning and shall be prominently named by the end.

    And living in a northern state in the summertime is all well and good until your 3 year old won’t go to bed because the “sun’s still up.” Hard to argue that…

  3. Geneva says:

    I think you were stranded in paradise. I can’t think of a more wonderful place than a quiet cabin in the mountains. I even think it beats the beach 9 times out of 10.

  4. Very rustic and picturesque. Was that a black squirrel? I know that I typically see them in Michigan, but they may live elsewhere too.

  5. Rachel says:

    Wow, looks very lovely. Glad you had a good time. Nice photos!

  6. they dont have a washer & dryer? Diet DR Pepper, is THE BEST! hands down…or up, for that matter…

  7. Jethro says:

    Super-duper THANK YOU!

  8. Joel says:

    Hehehe… I just got an “adult content” warning from our internet protection software when I navigated here! Must have been that “massive bone” comment!

  9. So pretty… I love the mountains way more than the beach (where I just visited).

  10. Crissie says:

    Sorry, but that isn’t a “cabin”… LOL! Are they on one of the Thomson Lakes or McGregor Lake off Highway 2? I’ll be heading up to Montana at the end of July and will spend a couple days at a “real” cabin…you know, the kind with an old fashioned water pump and no indoor toilet (it sits by the Thomson River) and I’ll be feeling pretty envious of your new family’s place by day 2 :)

  11. RatalieNose says:

    Pictures are fabulous.
    You’re fabulous.
    Why didn’t you have underwear?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I thought you weren’t going to say their names.

  13. tracy says:

    that place is amazingly gorgeous.

    I too would like the entire story of the no underwear..

  14. Jamie says:

    Hello Camille!
    Thanks for the comment-I’m so happy to have found your blog!
    I’ve been pouring over your posts. You are an amazing writer. I will definitely be back!

  15. Alex says:

    GoRgEoUs cabin and a gorgeous you too. i love the pics and it really sounds like fun!! i just love the way you write. hows that guest post going my dear friend?? ; )

  16. Irene says:

    great views!!! so jealous :) looks like a nice trip

  17. Christal says:

    lucky girl is that echo or blaine?? I ‘m thinking echo I love echo we have gone there quite abit love it down there!!

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