The American west has always represented a land of vast and transcendental beauty. Even now, with national parks strangled by tourists hoping to capture a glance at purple paradises, the west’s mysticism remains embedded in the American psyche. Like an alternate universe accessible yet intangible, the west lingers on in the American mind.
Montana, the fourth largest state by size in the USA is home to large swaths of nationally protected land including the much lauded Glacier National Park. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the most bears of any of the lower 48 states. Wild habitats and wilder men’s histories have intertwined to form the rugged Montana ethos, with legends of mountain men and mounted native warriors illuminating imaginations.
John Steinbeck, one the most celebrated authors of the American literary canon famously said “I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.”