Bitterroot Valley, brings back lots of memories of my Grandfather, who was born in Stevensville. It was on my short list for my retirement home. My Great grandmother was a Metcalf, Lee Metcalf (former US Senator) was my Dad's cousin. My grandfather was raised by Ray Metcalf. Long time ago. Beautiful area and have visited it often, but my wife said too cold in the winters. So here we are in SW Colorado, not quite as cold, but still not southern California where we were born! Gramps used to roam the valley when he was a kid with his buddies, hunting & fishing. His Aunt called them the "Burnt Fork Savages". My G Grandmother, Harriet Metcalf Lawrence is in the Stevensville cemetary. Had to share that with you Bitterroot guys.
Thanks for sharing, CC. The Bitterroot has some colorful history for sure.
I visit the Lee Metcalf waterfowl refuge near Stevensville often.
As far as cold winters, they sure are warmer here than they were in the Gallatin Valley, where I grew up. Montanans refer to the Bitterroot as the "banana belt" due to the milder winters, by MT standards.
Thats what my Grandfather used to say too.
Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls
I too am very thankful to live in such a wonderful place. It is starting to get a bit crowded, probably not to some standards. It's amazing what we have so close and such beautiful views. Yesterday morning I passed on a buck at 25 yards.... I had to finish brushing my teeth and get ready for work :)
Thanks for sharing that story CC... I'll have to keep that in mind, the refuge is only 5 miles away from me.