Montana, Banana-fana fo-fana, Hannah

by Jennifer on May 25, 2008

photo by jjsglacialfun

I’ve got wanderlust today. Specifically, I’m aching to go back to Montana. This morning, I found this blog, From the Front Porch, filled with Ann’s gorgeous photos of the scenery from her I’m-envious-of-it place in Montana.

From time to time I troll the real estate listings in Montana around Flathead Lake, near Glacier National Park–Whitefish, Kalispell, Bigfork–just to indulge my dream of living there someday. A dream that makes no practical sense, since I’m not quite sure how we would make a living there. Still, I look and hope, and then I slip the dream back between the pages of reality, where it remains crisp and preserved for the next time I need a fix.

The fix I really need is to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road again. If you’ve driven it, you know. If you haven’t, you should.

Later in the day, we went to the drive-through car wash and right in front of us was a truck with a red and white bumper sticker that said Flathead Lake, Montana. Which was exactly the area I had been lusting after all day long.

“Look,” I pointed. “Look at that bumper sticker. Flathead Lake, Montana.” I didn’t really expect my kids to be listening.

“Hannah Montana bumper sticker?!! Where???” Girl squealed.


“No, honey, not Hannah Montana. Flathead Lake, Montana, which is a really beautiful place, and I want to take you there someday.”

Her disappointment was palpable. And whiny.

“But where is it? I don’t see it. Where?” she whined, “Where?”

I pointed and explained (“Left side of the tailgate, left side”) as I pulled into the car wash. The truck drove out and stopped just outside of the wash tunnel. The man inside got out and walked around his truck, checking the quality of the wash, I suppose.

By then, the three of us were wondering aloud if there was a town called Hannah in Montana. Girl was very excited by the possibility.

Something didn’t seem right about where I was situated in the geography of the car wash, and I was just about to figure it out when the man gave me a strange look and said something.

I gestured, “What?”

He said it again. “Back up.”

I looked behind me.

Ohhhhhhh. My back tires were where my front tires should have been. The car wash was doing a great job of washing the back of my car. (For the record, I stopped when the lighted sign said STOP. Plus, we were having a super-important conversation about Hannah, Montana. And I stopped when it said STOP.)

There’s your blonde moment for the day. And his.

So today, all roads lead to Montana. Except for the ones that lead to Hannah Montana.

But not to Hannah, Montana. Turns out, there’s no such place.

Who else is glad about that?

photo by jjsglacialfun
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Jenn @ Juggling Life May 25, 2008 at 11:28 pm

I’m a fan of the Big Sky Country, too. But not so much in the winter.

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flutter May 25, 2008 at 11:33 pm

daaaaaaaamn those pics are gorgeous. I am wanting to go…anywhere but here. *sigh*

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Kelley May 26, 2008 at 3:36 am

Wow – that’s absolutely gorgeous. I need to go out west one of these days.

Ann from Montana May 26, 2008 at 4:49 am

Gorgeous photos Jennifer and I understand wanderlust as well as love for Montana which is my home by choice. And I love it in Winter also, but I work from a home office AND love winter sports.

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Daryl May 26, 2008 at 6:33 am

You know I am a firm believer in NOT A COINCIDENCE .. maybe more research on employment in Montana is necessary .. I’m just sayin”

And I am very thankful Montana has no Hannah .. but there is a Helena …


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Jan May 26, 2008 at 7:09 am

Montana IS beautiful, especially around Flathead Lake, where my brother-in-law and his wife (who is one of my best friends) lived for several years.

Tell your daughter that I don’t know if there’s a town called Hannah in Montana, but I know for sure there’s a town called Goat Lick – I’ve driven through it. It ought to amuse Boy, anyway.

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Madge May 26, 2008 at 7:21 am

gorgeous pictures. maybe hannah should move to helena and leave us all alone….

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Dave May 26, 2008 at 7:25 am

Never been to MT, but I have been to AB & BC in Canada. I know what you mean about wanderlust!

: )

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Lisa May 26, 2008 at 7:27 am

That looks just amazing;
Hannah Montana and her sassiness–not so much!

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Ann May 26, 2008 at 8:58 am

GORGEOUS pic! Found you through that heated post about religion over at KB – and I simply could NOT agree with you more (could have written your reply myself) – so much so, that I had to click on your profile. Lo and behold, you’re in AZ, as am I – so hello! πŸ™‚

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Just Jamie May 26, 2008 at 10:07 am

Good grief that is something spectacular. Don’t think I could handle winter. Can I summer there (’cause “summer” is totally verb)?

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Suzanne May 26, 2008 at 10:13 am

I love the photos and thank you for the link to a very interesting new blogger!

I think I may have to add this to my list of places to check out!


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tysdaddy May 26, 2008 at 10:24 am

Never been to Montana. Have to add that to the bucket list.

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Jennifer Harvey May 26, 2008 at 10:41 am

Just Jamie–It’s totally a verb. I’m pretty sure you and I are both spoiled for winter.

Suzanne–I tried to tell you. πŸ™‚ I’m rooting for you to find a house there! Let me know if you need a real estate consultant (or some other made-up job that requires me to go with you).

Tysdaddy–Definitely, add it. Near the top of the bucket.

Also, you are all so polite not to mock me for the car wash incident. Please do.

Brenda May 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm

If you’re anything like me, you’ve mocked yourSELF enough for the car wash incident!

Love, love Going to the Sun Road. Probably my second favorite place in the whole world I’ve been. Might even tie for first, but I haven’t been there since I was 16, so I’m not sure. It was my favorite until I found the OTHER favorite place. Anyway, I’ve always thought it would be a great place to live. You get used to winter! And I prefer winter to have snow. If it’s going to be cold, might as well have some snow to go with it. It would be fine.

I don’t know how feel about there not being a Hannah, MT. My Girls don’t know much about Hannah Montana–other than what they pick up at school. I’m not impressed. But I might have the tiniest more respect if she was named after some cool place in Montana. But alas, I’ll agree with Madge that she should just move to Helena and leave the rest of us alone.

Did you wash your car again??

Jennifer Harvey May 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Brenda, I backed up and got the benefit of most of the wash. I hadn’t missed much, fortunately. πŸ™‚

I’m trying to remember your other favorite place–I should know this one.

Meg May 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

OH my goodness! The Big Sky Country!!!! BEAUTIFUL indeed, one of God’s greatest gifts!

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D / Momma May 26, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for the tip. I always love reading a new blog…Peace – D

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MICHAEL MANNING May 26, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Hey, Jennifer! First time visiting your site. Just relocated to Phoenix 5 months ago. I too would love to see Montana! Loved the Redford Film “The Horse Whisperer” that was filmed there!

Stop by anytime! All Best!!!

Razor Family Farms May 26, 2008 at 7:57 pm

What a great blog! I hopped over from Ann’s blog (Velvet Lava) and immediately fell completely madly in love with your blog! The photos! Your writing! I love, love, love it. I’ve decide to move right in and start peppering your posts with my commentary — hope you don’t mind.


Blessings to you!

Hanna Montana, indeed.


Jan May 26, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Love me some Montana. Loved how the kids squealed to Montana. When they grow up, all these kids are going to think that the capitol of MT is Hannah.

We attended a wedding in Eureka Montana, just out of White Fish and then went on to Glacier National. I was hooked. Love it there. I want to live there too.

Love the pictures.

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HRH May 26, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Beautiful place. I would love to spend some time there.

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the mama bird diaries May 26, 2008 at 9:24 pm

There’s a Helena, Montana. Is that close enough?

My year in Montana was my darkest year ever but you actually just made it sound so lovely that now I kind of want to go back.

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JCK May 26, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Me here, much gladness. Ooh and aah over Montana pictures…

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cindy May 27, 2008 at 10:49 am

We’re headed up there this summer, and I’ll have to institute a Hannah Montana music ban. Both of my parents are from Montana, and I had two sets of grandparents there when I was growing up, so a lot of our summer were spent there. We’ll be driving up and camping through the Tetons and Yellowstone and then to a mini family reunion at a ranch near Big Timber. I’m off to check out some of the Montana bloggers who have commented here! Thanks for visiting me at Figs!

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melissa May 27, 2008 at 1:13 pm

beautiful. and i have to laugh because my kids misunderstand me all the time through their “disney filter.”

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Sandy (Momisodes) May 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Stunning photos. Truly stunning!

I would love to visit Montana. I’ve only heard wonderful things about it.

I’m SO glad there really isn’t a Hannah, Montana πŸ™‚

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Carolyn May 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

You had me at the title. Too funny. And yes, I’m glad there is no Hannah in Montana. That would just be so wrong.

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