Monday, January 24, 2011

Sundays in My City - Sunday Drive

Sundays in My City is hosted by Unknown Mami who is kind enough to give us all a chance to show off our cities. After your tour Montana, please stop by and check out other interesting places from around the world.

This week's tour revolves around central Montana, an area where there isn't a whole lot of anything except ranches. The nearest town was Columbus. We were attempting to visit Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuge. We weren't able to find a road in that looked passable. So we decided to head for Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the second set of photos to see what we discovered. Yes, that is a you may not enter sign. OKAY. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of a national park? My only thought is the entrance is somewhere else. If so, why not word it: "This is an exit. The entrance is here."?

In any case, the gate is in the middle of the road, and everyone has driven around it to the left side essentially creating a new road in. The roads inside the park are still there to drive on. We didn't attempt to do so as the whole road in is one big mud slick right now. Apparently if you drive on this stuff, all you'll do is get stuck. I think of it as quick mud. Without the snow and ice packed up on the trail, we'd have had a hard time walking in much less driving. As it was, we nearly left our shoes behind. Welcome to Montana. Well, in the summer that mud will be baked and hard as ceramic but you'll have trouble negotiating everyone's tire ruts. Yup, yet another reason to buy a jeep.

You can check out the federal government's blurb about this area here:
Hailstone / Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuges. Notice there is no mention about it being closed to the public. I'm not sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

The blog below may explain the closing, but I'm not sure doing so fixes the problem.

Hailstone listed as Refuge at Risk

Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures!

PS - No, I'm not sure what the boot on the fencepost is about. There were three of them. Frankly, it kind of gave me the willies.


ellen abbott said...

the tall flat house shaped buildings (silos?) are very interesting.

Unknown Mami said...

These photos are fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Whoa, beautiful photos! Yes, I believe you'd need a jeep up there for sure! I enjoyed the tour (without getting cold!)

VM Sehy Photography said...

Thank you all for the kind comments.

I'm glad no one got cold on the tour. Actually, yesterday would have been very nice except that it gets windy on the plains out here. That and the mud were the only things that really made the trip a bit miserable. That's why we were only out of the car for 10 minutes maybe. We'd definitely like to get a jeep at some point. A lot of back roads around here are impassable without that or an older range rover.

Ellen - the buildings are called grain elevators. Silos tend to be round. Both buildings serve the purpose of storing grain. The only difference besides shape, that I can determine is an elevator has a mechanical means of loading the grain. You can see them on railroads. I believe also you can load up trucks from an elevator.

Our neighbor around here has a machine that he hooks up to his silos to load up his trucks. Not sure what it's called. I should know I have several uncles that farm and both sets of grandparents were farmers. Sad how quickly information gets lost between the generations.

forestwalk/laura k said...

awesome pictures!!!!