Saturday, January 21, 2006

Montana--Part One (more photos in second part)

I have always liked to travel--not the actual getting on planes, trains and into rental cars part, but the experience of leaving your own known familiar setting and arriving at a new place, absorbing, taking in and becoming full with new sensory input.

Travel is different, however, when you are considering moving to the location. You see it with different eyes. Will you want to walk to that little coffee-shop, say, at two in the afternoon after a long day of work? Will you be able to, depending on the weather? You can forgive elements as a traveler that you would have a harder time coping with as a resident, like a one-room bookstore, a casino on every corner and a very sad state of fruit and vegetable affairs at the local grocery store.

E. and I have just returned from a four-day site visit and interview (E did the latter, not me) in a very small town in Montana. I visited Montana about three years ago and fell in love with it--a location known as the Flathead Valley, a town called Whitefish, which is essentially a village of California ex-pats. Very hip and cute but still flavored by that rural Montana feeling. I was projecting the quaintness of Whitefish in my mind onto this part of Northcentral MT, otherwise known as "the plains."

Below are photos taken with my (old) digital camera of the town we visited holding the thought that we might be living here for at least two years, possibly more. The job interview went well for E. To say they liked him is an understatement. But we have a lot to think about as you can see:

I think it's a beer factory?

We just couldn't get over a stop called "the Kum n' Go."

Our new home?

So THIS is Shangri-La!


At 10:28 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Periodically, I want to move to Montana too. I spent so much time up there and in Wyoming when I was 20ish.

But damn that winter. Damn it. It's a serious thing. Where is the snow in these photos?

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

There was actually very little snow. We had a dusting of snow while we were there, but that was all.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Maryanne Stahl said...

Um, yikes.

I'm sure there are parts of Montana that are...different?

But still.

Hi Steph!

At 7:51 AM, Blogger J said...

The only thing I was missing in viewing these pics is some "Smiths" music and a full bottle of seconal.

At 5:27 AM, Blogger Susan Henderson said...

I'm cracking up because most of my Montana family lives in much smaller towns than these. I mean, imagine having a traffic light....

At 5:58 AM, Blogger katrina said...

This is so weird. Just yesterday I was looking at real estate in Montana. I always imagine I want to get away form it all and live there, but I wonder if I could.


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