This post has a bit of a more personal note than most I’ve written on here, but it carries a message everyone that lives here and loves this place should take to heart. Montana is a hard place to leave. Really hard. I’ve done it a couple of times now and always I keep coming back. One of my best friends left last fall for a girl in Michigan and last week he came back.
He loves to fish but out in Michigan he had spent a grand total of four or five outings. What did we do the first day he was home? Three hours off the plane and we were sitting in our friend and fishing guide Ken Stock’s boat on the Lower Madison. On the drive over he kept saying how big the mountains looked, how green it all was, and how beautiful everything seemed.
Out on the river the first fish he caught was a little rainbow that I doubt was pushing the double digits. But the smile on his face said it all. That one fish meant a lot to him and the size really didn’t matter at all. He was happy to be home.
Living here it can be somewhat easy to take this area for granted. We see the mountains every day. We go fish rivers that are world famous after work. Another wild trout? Sure, no big deal.
But if you live without it for a while, or are just seeing and experiencing it all for the first time, it’s amazing and beautiful and unlike places a lot of people see every day. We live in and get to enjoy such a wondrous place on a daily basis. Don’t take it for granted. Spend a few minutes after work looking at the sun on the mountains. Stop fishing for a couple minutes and soak it all in as you stand in some famous river in one of the most beautiful places in the country. It really is pretty awesome.
Working in the shop we talk to people every day that tell us how lucky we are to live and work here. And we really are lucky. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with life and get busy and forget just how amazing it is here. Don’t get that like. Live each day like it’s your first one here.
See you on the water.
Photo by Jake McGlothlin