Montana medicine

I’m writing this in a Montana motel room on a Saturday night. I know, life in the fast lane, and we sure know how to have a time of it. Actually, all is pretty good. The room overlooks the little pool, some kids are playing in it nicely, and we have a couple of beers cooling in the fridge. To be honest, it’s a bit of a selfish post this week.

Empty road, empty head

After a relatively fraught couple of weeks, this might be just what the doctor ordered. Our trip to see friends and family in the UK was great fun, but there was a real feeling of Brexit blues about the place. Most people we know voted Remain, so their shock and upset over the outcome is still very real. Huge bewilderment and disbelief at the path Britain is now on. We haven’t lived there for fifteen years, and even from a distance we are struggling to make sense of it. It’ll take time, and tremendous optimism, to see how the situation can be improved. Perhaps I’ll write more about this later, if I can make sense of it all. We certainly left Britain feeling quite exhausted, and our Brexit incomprehension was a factor.

Little Bear

We are now headed down to Little Bear cabin, and very happy to be on our way. I’ve spent the past week or so sitting and feeling sorry for myself in a darkened room, waiting (im)patiently for my eye to be up to the task of reading small print and taking on some sunlight. Well, finally! (although I’m not taking a retinal tear lightly…) Obviously, I’ve been a model of quiet and calm recuperation, with barely a complaint. Still, Mrs PC did seem to pack up and jump in the car with even more enthusiasm than usual…DSCN7099

Part of our journey through Montana went from Choteau to Wolf Creek on route 287. What a route! Rising and falling through rolling grasslands and golden hills, with mountains in the far distance all the way, this was a great road! It felt like essence of Montana, with hardly any other traffic, blue skies with high white clouds, a pleasant breeze in through the windows, and space, space, space. After a week indoors, and a couple of weeks before that negotiating Britain’s crowded roads, today’s journey was delightful.DSCN7103

What a relief to be able to read a road map, read road signs, roam along empty roads, and see to the far horizon. Little Bear is waiting, and we are ready to empty our heads for just a little while. Some Montana medicine, and it’ll be easy to take. Everybody should have some; even if you already feel good, you’ll feel even better!

It’s good for you!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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14 thoughts on “Montana medicine”

  1. I love the mountains but I love all the nooks and crannies of the prairies, too. not to mention the colours. Sounds and looks wonderful. I have heard a few regrets about Brexit, I guess it is a wait and see type of thing or maybe another referendum down the road. in the mean time enjoy the cabin-looks like my type of place.


  2. Well, I know how the Wyoming Sky is so I suspect that the Montana Sky will be just as good for you. Hope enjoyed/are enjoying your trip!


  3. So glad your eye is on the mend, Plaid. We sure do rely on those orbs of ours, don’t we. Well, you’ve seen the road to full recovery from the Brexit blues and global stress, and it runs through wonderful Montana. I could use a shot of that medicine myself. For now, though, be well and have a great one!


  4. We’ve ventured down the mountain, to stock up on ice, a bottle of IPA or two, and to scribble the next post, and I have to say Bozeman is a fine Montana town. I suspect you’ve been here – I know you’ve fished the Gallatin and around – this corner of the US is wonderful. I hope you get across here again for another shot of medicine.
    Thanks, Walt, and enjoy your week!

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  5. As an European, I was shocked about Brexit too. Everyone I know from UK voted stay, and everyone I know were hoping for stay.


  6. I can imagine how unsettling your return to the UK, following Brexit, must have been. I really appreciated hearing how this was for you and Mrs. pc; it’s so baffling, must be 100X moreso for residents and former residents like yourselves. Your celebration of the open skies and the joys of working eyes were much appreciated, too; and a wonderful antidote.


    1. Baffling is an excellent word for the Brexit result. We’ll keep watching, from afar, see how it all plays out.
      The wide open spaces we have out here are wonderful, just the thing to set your head straight. Well, relatively!
      Thanks, Jet, and we hope your week is going well.

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