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Chapter 26 of the book Attack of the Fifty States
Going to Helena handbasket
"Attack of the 50 States: Montana" by Bill Schott

So Montana, which is Spanish for mountain, is half prairie and half Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountains define the Continental Divide, which delineates the watershed passage of runoff water between what goes to the Pacific and what heads to the Atlantic. This runs right through Montana.

About ten percent of Yellowstone National Park is in southern Montana. The majority is in Wyoming to the south.

Helena is the capital of this state and I'm beginning to fall asleep.

Ninety percent of the state identifies as white: diversity reversity (I just coined that phrase, but you may steal it).

My family traveled through Montana in 1969. I recall mountains, the radiator overheating, and arguments. 

I am going to depend on the readers to fill up this post. You tell me what you know and I will include it post posting (I believe I just coined that phrase as well. What a day, hey?).

The following will be your input. Thank you in advance:

Mary Kay Bonfante included that her husband Jorge and she visited Montana in 2009 They had a great time, spent mostly with family members who live there year-round. 

They went to the zoo at Yellowstone National Park, and the most notable animals there were wolves and bears. The bears were "problem bears," with a very special job: to test the strength of dumpsters, in how well they kept the bears out. It was a win-win situation, because the problem bears were kept out of the wilderness, and away from encounters with humans, and at the same time, they served the important purpose of helping to make dumpsters bear-proof against other bears. Once a bear becomes too accustomed to being fed by human refuse, he becomes a problem bear, unfit for a national park, because it puts both the bear and the people around him in danger. Bears should not be socialized with humans. 

They saw some incredibly beautiful sights in Montana. They passed through an area called "Big Sky," and Montana is generally considered Big Sky country. When there was a storm, huge hailstones came down, in the late summer! They saw the geysers in Yellowstone National Park, notably Old Faithful. There were hot springs, mineral pools, streams and wildflowers. 

They went to an outdoor shooting range, and Mary Kay tried using her brother Jim's gun. She was a pretty good shot. They were concerned about this one chipmunk who seemed to have a death wish, a strange tendency to climb the targets on the shooting range. Fortunately they weren't aiming for this poor creature, and he escaped unscathed. 

President Obama was visiting Montana at the same time they were. Besides spending time with both her brother Jim and his wife, and her sister Tricia and her family, Mary Kay spent about a week at a Day's Inn. The hotel employees were super nice. The Secret Service guards were also very well behaved, and made decent neighbors. It seems that the President was flying between two towns in Montana, and to protect him, they used three helicopters: he was only flying in one of them, and the other two were decoys. If someone wanted to attack his helicopter, they'd have to be willing to take a gamble, or shoot down all three birds: more work than your average assassin is willing to do. As history confirms, nothing sinister befell President Obama in Montana, and the Secret Service did a great job. 

She had some very memorable family times and witnessed the christening of her twin baby nieces. Her husband got virtually run over by her brother's two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, who were very friendly. All in all, it was a very successful and enjoyable trip.

Lyenochka says 
to include something about Glacier National Park. She's never been, but hears it's amazing. She also loves Yellowstone. According to Helen, Montanans are strong people, but when they get tired, they go out west and adapt to having to live closer to their neighbors. 

Ben Colder said that the fly fishing is the best in Montana.  I remember the story "A River Runs Through It" is set in Montana. 

Hanna Montana, y'all. 



The book continues with Attack of the 50 States:Nebraska. We will provide a link to it when you review this below.

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