(I wrote this two weeks ago but it didn't post because my internet connection got cut off.)
Went to the Bozeman farmers market just after writing the last post. There were about 8 farmers and 100 small business stalls. It was really a networking spot that happens twice a week this time of year. We had some pulled pork and some brisket with southern berry spices, some aspin-wood fired pizza, lemon-ginger-mint iced tea, bought cibata and salad greens for the road. There were about 30 picnic tables and we just sat there and talked to people about place and lifestyle and business.
We met some Christians with an adventure mission; you know God meets rock-climbing, mountain biking and kayaking. Fun. And an older couple who were born in Bozeman, very warm but a bit like deer in the headlights...the town used to stop at 7th street and all we had to eat in the winter was elk and deer. We heard that 40% of folks here don't work, because they don't need too. A great number of homes are second homes. I have not yet met anyone with a job-job. It's self-employment or odd jobs, or part time service.
The place we camped was so beautiful we had to spend an extra day just sitting there staring.
And then we found a great coffee shop, the floor was made out of 8x10 railroad ties, hightech, clean, elegant.
We drove to Missoula, and stopped at the Lewis and Clark Caverns on the way...spectacular!
Missoula passed the food test too, okay, pizza and beer, but really good pizza and beer and another martial artist meeting (I've still got to report on all the people I've met!).
I'm in Hamilton Montana at the moment. Wow. So beautiful. The street is closed off and someone set up a skateboard ramp which kids are riding right now.... Is Montana a giant playground where nobody works? I spent 15 minutes talking to a nine year old who makes and was selling his own knives, well he helps his father make them, they were very cool knives and I don't say that lightly. After feeling how perfectly balanced they were I asked him about throwing knives. Yeah, he makes them but they always go quickly...sold out.
Rent is so cheap out here