In the fall of 2001 I took a road trip loop around the western U.S. The halfway point -- and highlight of the trip -- was a two week visit with my family in Montana.
My brother and I took a backpacking trip into the Welcome Creek Wilderness across the creek from our house. Montana is beautiful in the fall, and there was a light dusting of snow to greet us when my brother and I arrived from Idaho.
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Our house in the valley
Our house is in the valley between the steep Sapphire and John Long mountain ranges.
Leaves in Rock Creek
Fall leaves in Rock Creek behind the house.
Dave and I took a day hike up behind the Handley farm.
Mountain Sheep Trails
Mountain sheep trails crisscross the scree fields.
Looking out across the valley towards the house.
Rock Creek Valley
Big Horn Sheep Jumping
Big horn sheep jumping over a neighbor's fence.
Dave on the Swinging Bridge
Dave and I took a short overnight backpack into the Welcome Creek Wilderness across Rock Creek from our house.
Welcome Creek Wilderness
The forest is lush down by the creek.