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Giving Up – Part 5


There comes a point when, no matter how badly you want something, you know that it’s wiser to give it up. Going ahead with our trip to eastern Montana, after negotiating three snowy weather systems in two short weeks, would have been pushing our luck.

So with high winds and snow still coming down on the way forward, and snow settling on the road behind us, we reluctantly turned homeward.

The tires had sat frozen and immobile for two bitter cold nights, so we eased ahead a few feet and held our breath. So far, so good. We could have cried, turning back, but it was a relief not to drive into more snow blowing sideways.

I could have cropped this photo so the antenna wouldn’t show, but the icy snow on the forward side of the antenna says something about the chilly air.

Here is one of the many views of the Clark Fork (one of my favourite rivers). It is visible flowing beside or under the highway off and on for many miles.

On our drive eastward, little snow covered these lower elevations. Now it made for scenic winter postcard material. In some areas, the water was warmer than the air, resulting in fog along the river.

You can tell where the river goes.

Snow had covered these hills that were bare when we had driven through a few days earlier.

Some snow was still on the roads. As the day warmed up, big transport trucks lost clumps of ice that had collected on them. In the stretch of road below, the eastbound lane is closed and the westbound lane is taking two-way traffic. You don’t want to catch an edge or a clump of ice. The one in the photo below is one of hundreds of clumps we had to avoid.

I wondered what these cattle were “grazing” on. Not much grass poking out from the snow. Winter is hard on many animals.

As we neared the upcoming MacDonald Pass, my knuckles gave the snow some competition for whiteness. I knew I had a good driver beside me, but with so much construction and lanes restricted by cones and ice (and I don’t mean ice cream cones), I was nervous all the way to the top of the pass.


And relieved to be going down to a lower elevation right afterwards. Only two passes left to negotiate before we got home.



Author: wordsfromanneli

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28 thoughts on “Giving Up – Part 5

  1. I’ve been caught driving through storms but not when on holiday. Scary and disappointing. The river scenes are lovely though.

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  2. Tough driving, no question.

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  3. Your trip was one for the record book. Your photos show how challenging the driving conditions were. I hope your next trip goes much better.

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  4. Scary driving photos, but the photos are beautiful.

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  5. Although, this was a rough trip…the silver lining is the fabulous photos you got from it!

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    • That’s right, Carol. We got home safely and saw some beautiful sights. Montana is such a scenic state and the people are really good there. We had a lot of good interactions with them. It’s just too bad we had to cut the trip short.

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  6. Such incredibly beautiful scenery made even more beautiful by the dusting of snow. You really captured the chill in the air with these photos. Glad you got home safely.

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  7. The photos are great but I wouldn’t want that experience! Good to know the drive had a happy conclusion. 🙂

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  8. Beautiful scenery, but the driving takes a lot of concentration. So glad you made it home safe. You have some nice- and some bad things to remember.

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  9. What a fantastic landscape! Off the road, that is. With these road conditions, and those you described in your earlier posts, I’m glad you’re home safe and sound.

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  10. These are also just beautiful photos. Did the snow come earlier than expected? I am guessing so. So sorry it was anxiety-producing!

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  11. Wow. I suppose they don’t salt the roads there? I mean, it is a main thoroughfare through their state(s). How long was it before you escaped the winter wonderland? I’m sorry you had to abandon your trip. Was there any place else you could’ve stopped to visit on your way back? That scenery on the drive is awesome.

    P.S. I’m not having to re-sign in to WordPress every single time I comment on someone’s blog. I’ve sent a question to the WordPress forum as to why this is occurring. I don’t know if I’ll ever get a response.

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