Friday, August 23, 2013

Welcome to Montana. Good luck.

Two lane road; shoulder not much wider than the white line. Drying grass just beyond looking for an excuse to burst into flames. Convoy of semi-trucks pulling doubles. Two oversize loads take half your lane. Dust devil tries to wrestle you into the Chevy 1/2 ton in the opposing lane. Cattle in the right of way. Speed limit: 70 mph.

From http://www.pewstates.org/projects/stateline/headlines/rural-states-struggle-to-reduce-road-deaths-85899458438
I survived MT Highway 59 south of Miles City to get a second opinion on road safety in the state. The Pew Charitable Trusts reported in March that Montana has the highest number of deaths per mile driven of any state in the country. Deaths in that state dropped to 189 in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available.

I'm glad I completed my trip in daylight, before the serious drinking started.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In the Boise Markets: Blue Sage Farm

You'll have to get there earlier next time to find their goat and sheep milk cheeses. Blue Sage Farm also sells lambs and uses Belgian horses for farm work.