Things about living in NW MT
I'll only be here for one more month, but I've been here for eleven and I adore it / abhor it and that's worth talking about
- •IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.This is Lake Koocanusa, a HUGE lake spanning the US/Canada border right here in Montana.
- •Glacier Park is never too far away.Sure, it's two hours from where I'm living, but that's nothing compared to, say, the ocean.
- •There are real seasons!In western WA, where I originated, it's like, windstorm season, then rain and mud season, then 5 weeks of summer. But here there are clear distinctions! It's amazing!
- •The music options are... LimitedIn my (admittedly rural) town, we get three radio stations: Rock, country, and Christian. And the country station is Canadian.
- •Speaking of Canadians...
- •We don't always like them.They drive... Um... Differently.
- •But my town wouldn't exist without their tourism!Thank you Canadians!!!
- •Almost everyone has a gun/guns.Before I moved here, my mom's prerequisite question for me going to a friend's house was whether there were guns. That doesn't work anymore!!
- •And almost everyone hunts.It's an important part of both culture and food supply. Mad respect; I don't want to hear about it.
- •Being vegetarian/vegan is unheard of.I, a lifelong vegetarian, have received a lot of disbelief and suggestions of various kinds of meat I 'should just try', because I would 'really like it, it's so good'. Or nah.
- •People are REALLY PROUD of being from Montana.I see a lot of state shaped things and a lot of things that say 406. Like. A lot.
- •There's a lot of wildlife.Deer season is every season. This is the biggest lesson I have learned here. There are also bears, mountain lions, elk, moose, turkeys, and so much more.
- •Griz vs Cats is a serious matter.We're talking make or break in relationships.