Sunday is the first of my 3 days off from work each week. It is the only day Bruce and I have off together. Nearly every week I end up doing the same things on my days off….laundry, clean house, pay bills, go to the grocery store, more laundry, etc., etc.
This last Sunday, I got up, was out of milk for coffee, and decided today was a good day for a French vanilla latte! So I hopped in my car and went downtown and bought one ( which is about a 3 times per year special occasion for me).
Coming home, I passed the gas station, and it dawned on me that gas is pretty darn cheap presently!
DAY OFF + CHEAP GAS + SICK OF NOT DOING ANYTHING FUN = ROAD TRIP!!!
Mr. Bruce totally agreed, so we put our heads together to come up with an interesting destination. After throwing out 3 or 4 ideas, I suggested Harlowton, because it is Only 79 miles from here, and I've never been there in my life. We usually road-trip westward because it is more mountainous, therefore a bit prettier in my book. When you head East from here, once past Big Timber it gets fairly flat and prairie-ish.
We loaded up the poochies and were off and running. Just out of Big Timber, we headed north. First stop; Melville, MT. Had never been there before either. It consists of approximately 2 houses, 4 empty buildings, and a little BBQ shack restaurant that is also the post office. Blink and you miss it 🙂 But about another mile down the road is the most charming little church. And you are also on the backside of the Crazy Mountains which gives a beautiful new perspective.
It was a kind of funny, overcast day. Even tho it was still pretty scenery, the light was pretty crummy for picture taking. It made the buildings look sort of scary, rather than charming and old. So I skipped pics of the little town.
Next stop, Harlowton. I was surprised at it's size, actually. I thought it would be about half as big. It even has it's own compact little hospital. Checking online, it says they have a population of 991 people.
Here is a photo of their Credit Union. It is such a cool little building! Constructed of all small, round-ish, multicolored local rocks. There were several fences around town built by the same method.
We toured around, took the dogs for a short walk to give 'em a potty break, then headed down the road.
We came upon this sign which gave an interesting history about the Crazies, so thought I'd share.
(For some reason, the way this blog is formatted, all the photos are very small. If you click on the photo you can see a much larger and better detailed version.)
Next little town we hit was Two Dot. About 3 times the size of Melville, making for a grand total of about 18 buildings, maybe 8 of which were occupied. It says online the population is 127, but I think that might be stretching it a bit, unless they may have counted the dogs and chickens 😉
Down the road another stretch, and we came to Lennep, MT. It says online that Lennep is a ghost town, but we saw some vehicles parked by a couple buildings, whatever that's worth. They also had a pretty little church that looks very well cared for, for a ghost town.
I think the larger building below was most likely a store, and maybe hotel, guessing by the number of rooms it seems to have held. The smaller building, not sure. The railroad ran right thru the town back in the day.
An old squared log home, right on the edge of town.
The next town is Martinsdale. It houses the Bair Family museum, an old ranch homestead that has been restored and opened to the public. It is a wonderful adventure to take in.
It was closed when Bruce and I drove past, but my Mom, Son, and myself toured it several years ago.
Then we finished the loop by dropping thru Wilsall, Clyde Park, then home. It was a very fun day, and now I can't say I haven't been to Harlowton!
We were blessed by the most phenomenal sunset – it was truly the cherry on top!