We took a road trip along the Montana Hi-line. So now I have been to Malta. Eastern Montana is very different from Western Montana. It feels turbulent and more severe, with a reputation for strong winds and harsh, cold winters. Our last two days we drove in a lot of rain but it is still gorgeous and austere. I liked it. I also liked driving away without a laptop and just moving through space. Reminding ourselves we are free, I guess. And that feels absolutely true when on the road in that landscape. No internet & no-think-y. Sitting a spell to watch prairie dogs pop up and down from their holes.
A question that comes up on these MT road trips: Why are there so many Mint Bars? They almost all have a Stockman's Bar, too, but that I get since these are mostly small ranch towns. But Mint? So then there is the probability of minting coins here with a long history of the mining of gold and silver in MT. So, that is the theory I have at the moment.