Being the thrifty sort, and living by the maxim that the cheapest car to own is the one you already have… I drove a van that had over 300,000 miles on it (until a deer took it out) google map images. Yes, it was the original engine, which still ran great. I had replaced the tranny, electric window parts, water pump, CV axle, alternator, and the pesky windshield motor parts multiple times (that criss-cross design is fraught with problems) and more 파파로티 무료 다운로드. It’s entirely possible that I was spending more than a car payment every month on repairs. We won’t talk about the many deer strikes that have crumpled the hood and destroyed several headlights 고 클래식 다운로드. People used to say such a vehicle was “nickel-and-diming” you to death.

Still, there was much to love about the old van: easily accessible cargo space for delivering The Attraction Menu, space in back for the dog or camping gear, space between the front seats for a rack holding a few hundred Menus, my clipboard, and most importantly, our “water bucket” a cooler without a lid that accommodates my coffee mug and several water bottles 솔리드 엣지 다운로드. Most of all, because we’re both tall, it’s a vehicle that has plenty of head room and the seats give us tons of leg room.

But I digress! The purpose of this post is not to give a car review, but to share some of the perks of having breakdowns. In Western Montana there’s beauty on any route we drive ppt file. A recent breakdown was at the Overlook just South of Saint Ignatius. Not a bad place to wait for a tow!

Not a bad place to wait for a tow, the overlook just South of Saint Ignatius.

Not a bad place to wait for a tow, the overlook just South of Saint Ignatius.

The we had some repair work  done in Stevensville at Don’s Auto Shinsu-ji. It’s a short walk from there to the trail along the Bitterroot River. This trail connects to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge BeautyPolis Download.

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I walked a good mile along that trail and enjoyed the quiet along the river, listening to birds, and watched a bald eagle for a bit ransomware. It’s a beautiful riparian area. Picnic tables and benches are scattered along the trail. Some are set back in to the forest just enough that one can unobtrusively sit and observe birds and wildlife Download the café photo.

The trail is maintained and fairly level.

The trail is maintained and fairly level.

Although having the car in the shop again is a little painful, and interrupted deliver of the Flathead, Glacier, & Kootenai edition, the walk along the trail was a great break.

The trail offers great views of the river, birds, and I assume, other wildlife.

The trail offers great views of the river, birds, and I assume, other wildlife.

Editor’s note. The good old Montana van met its match in a deer crossing Hwy 93, in near darkness on a rainy night. The old van was a total loss and now we are breaking in another hardy,  used vehicle. Fortunately we weren’t seriously injured, but the deer didn’t fare so well.

Don’t forget the Attraction Menu when you are planning your next Montana Adventure! And keep your eye open for wildlife along the road!