I came to Dillon, Montana for one reason only, to visit a very dear friend of mine—otherwise I can’t imagine it being on my radar as a place I had to go. While I’ve enjoyed my time in this quaint little town, Dillon is more a place for raising families than attracting tourists—for some travelers that might actually have great appeal. It’s always fun to check out small towns that are off the beaten path. And, there is no question that Dillon has its charm…from wonderfully restored homes to a satellite college campus embracing its past, to a moderately delightful downtown. Dillon has a population of 4000 and is located in Montana’s Gold West Country. It began its early days as an important shipping destination from Utah to the gold fields of Montana. The Northern Railroad reached Dillon in the 1880s. The rich agriculturally valley was a welcomed place for Sheep ranching—at one time Dillon was the largest wool producer in Montana. The first cattle were brought to the valley in 1865 and they continue to play a major role in Dillon’s development. La Cense Beef is a local ranch producing 100% grass-fed beef direct to the consumer, competing head-to-head with the more well-known, Omaha Steaks. No matter where you are in Montana you can expect great scenery and plenty to do. In Dillon there are several nearby lakes and rivers to fish, or perhaps check out the Beaverhead County Museum or a historic walking tour. There are also Lewis & Clark trail sites near Dillon including, Camp Fortunate, Clark’s Lookout and Beaverhead Rock.
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Day 6: Bozeman, MT — Google Maps gave me an interesting choice to take either the Interstate where food and gas are abundantly available or State Route where I have no idea what surprises I’m in for. But I thought the choice was obvious, State Route 212 it was. The route wasn’t bad at all except for the number of dead animals on the road. But the surprising part was the number of hellos and smiles I got from strangers while was passing through the small towns on the route. It’s so true that small towners give utmost importance to the little things in life. Such friendly people. I compare it with how people treat in the most tech-savvy place on earth, the Bay Area, where people hardly even make eye contact.
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In the town itself we could see was tree filled and riddled with cool old brick buildings. It also features a plethora of outdoor splendor from hillside hikes to rivers, streams and parks on all sides. We had come mostly to visit my mom, who moved here last fall, but will find the place difficult to leave after just 2 weeks, especially since I’ve only been able to ride my new bike for an hour or so on 2 days. It does however look awesome in the back of the truck, making everyone jealous of our cool toys haha. We’ve been going to my moms after work on most evenings and it’s so awesome that its now getting dark around 10pm! We may just now be getting our summer weather but at least we can still enjoy it after work! Why doesn’t it get dark at this every night of the year! Work week is over for me. time to ride my bike and have a BBQ!!