Blogs from Big Timber, Montana, United States, North America


North America » United States » Montana » Big Timber August 23rd 2020

We're back at the Big Timber KOA. It's a long story. We're back to looking at listings again. It's a long story. We're back to figuring out our next move. It's a long story. And maybe I'll feel like telling these long stories at some point. But right now I don't. Right now I'm just tired and sad and confused and upset. So today, we'll mostly just hang out at the campground, in the wonderful shade of Site 62 near the creek, and work on our computers, and rest, and think, and talk, and ponder. Perhaps will stop in for a brief visit at the Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, which is just a stone's throw from our campground. I could use some dog time, even of the prairie type. The attached photo is the ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Big Timber August 20th 2020

July 16th 2026 According to the computer in the campground office, this is the 2183rd day of our Montana property hunt. That's almost six years we’ve been here, if my math is correct, though some people are certain that the aliens have messed with the timeline, and that it may be much longer than that. We're having to search farther and further afield, still looking for that perfect place to land. This morning we're heading north to look at a ranch in Fairbanks. Then later in the afternoon we've got a showing in Santa Fe. So another day with lots of driving. I hope we can find gas. The driving is slow going these days, even though the speed limits are now anything we want them to be. What with the quasi-civil war that’s been sputtering ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Big Timber August 17th 2020

Every day is a new study in letting go of control. Every day we must tell ourselves that we’re going to be okay, that everything is happening at the exact right time, that everything always works out in the end. We speak of our pains and disappointments and affronts, and then work to let them go, stripping them of the suffering which attaches to them, the suffering which tells us that they are personal, that they will never end, that they are a punishment for our multitude of crimes, that they are a sign that the Cosmos is an unfriendly place, and that we will never, ever have had a better past. We let go. And find the thing inside that lets us stop and take a breath and smile and reach out and grab the ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Big Timber August 15th 2020

Hey all. We had a nice afternoon and evening here at the Big Timber KOA. Pleasant temps. A constant breeze. The white noise background of cottonwood leaves blustering about in said breeze. The nearby and regular passings of freight trains. The distant hum of the motorway. All that. Sally cooked hot dogs on her twig stove. We had salad and chips and dogs, quintessential camping food. We eventually settled in for the night. With time to catch our breath on this cold Saturday morning, it seems wise to stop and assess the various rational™, logical™, think-infested "reasons" we have for even doing this Montana wild hack in the first place. As I said at the beginning, while part of this quest feels like answering a call, our minds have also searched for and gathered together some ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Big Timber August 14th 2020

Still here. It's just been... well... I guess I could complain. I could complain about the rain. About poor wifi or cell service. About how wrong our GPS sometimes gets things. About the lights in that campground and the stupid blue light on our window fan. About cramped tiny showers and cramped tiny restaurant booths and cramped tiny bathrooms and cramped tiny face masks. I could complain. All the little pains and inconveniences and surprises and unexpected events. It all seems so personal sometimes. As if the gods are messing with us. I could complain. And in real terms, it seems true to say that Montana has kicked our butts these past few days. Most people, when scoping out real estate, are looking for properties in a certain city or town. You know. Chapel Hill and ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Big Timber July 6th 2011

We got up early this morning and golfed at the Anaconda Old Works Golf Course....what a beautiful course!! It was designed by Jack Nicklaus, built on top of contaminated waste from the old copper smelters. There was 1.3 million cubic yards of dirt moved onto the site and several of the original buildings remain. He used 14,000 cubic yards of the the " black slag" from the many slag piles around the area to complete the unique black sand/slag traps. It is one the the coolest golf course we have golfed, although I am not sure our scores reflect what a great time we had!!! We finished up around 2 pm and headed 270 kms. to Big Timber Montana. We stayed at a cute little KOA campground that was attached to a waterpark. Paul saw the ... read more

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