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This is Botswana. Steve and two complete strangers fixing Toto, who had two rear bushings improperly installed, resulting in the entire back axle shifting forward. We started two years ago with the kindness of strangers and we end that way. This is typical of the kindness and character of Batswana. Not only are they helping fix the truck, they said “my home is your home.” #botswana #botswanaisbest #payitforward #totothelandrover #kindnessofstrangers #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #botho #roadsidemechanic #landroverlife #landroverdefender #defender110 #onelifeliveit
After two weeks in the shop, major parts replacements, and more money than we should have spent, we spent our 18th anniversary swapping the brake pads that were improperly installed and trying to fix the bushings that were brand new as of yesterday. Posted up at SOS Children’s Village thanks to the kindness of a Motswana who spent his ENTIRE afternoon under the truck with Steve. Tomorrow, we start over. #happyanniversary #kindnessofstrangers #rollwiththepunches #landrover #defender110 #africaoverland #overlandafrica #overland #torothelandrover
We left Gabs this morning. Our farewell tour of Botswana begins as do many of our trips these days - with Toto on the side of the road and Steve with a wrench and manual. #landroverlife #cliche #landrover #defender110 #roadsiderepair #noreallyitsfine #readthemanual #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #totothelandrover
Two years ago, I stood in front of this classroom on my first day of teaching at UB. Today is my last day on a campus that has become home, with colleagues who have become friends, and with students who are going to change the world - at least as much as they changed me. #universityofbotswana #ub #gaborone #botswana #africa #classroom #highered #botswanaisbest #ilovethisplace

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Now that temperatures in the far flung north of the country have dipped below zero and the snow has begun to lay in ever deeper drifts, I often find myself revisiting our adventures from warmer times.

These photos come from the higher elevations of the northern stretch of Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains. We visited here soon after we bought our Smittybilt roof top tent, and found some solitude even on Memorial Day weekend.

As opposed to their more southerly cousins, the Bitterroots of Missoula, Mineral, and Sanders Counties are not nearly as striking from the valley floor. But a little exploration up the many Forest Service roads that follow the lazy creek beds into the range reveal peaks, alpine lakes, and landscapes that are equally rewarding – and have a distinct identity all their own.

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Photos: Julie Edwards

4 comments on “The Many Mountains of Montana – Bitterroots

    1. Thanks! Julie does really good work, I think. I’ve been really enjoying the photography on your blog, too. We had an amazing time hiking in the Pisgah a few months ago, incredible country.

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      1. Love the post — Nice pics of Black Balsam, Tennant and Looking Glass Rock! Love that area.

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  1. oldpoet56 says:

    God’s finger is a great paintbrush.

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