ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF A LIFETIME
The Crazy Mountains – there is really a range in Montana with that name. In about ten miles you leave the paved highway and resume the trip on gravel roads which tell you that you are now entering the real Montana, and leaving another life behind.
After another few miles, you rise to the top of a major foothill and suddenly look out over a panoramic view so breathtaking that Robert Redford decided to include it in his film The Horse Whisperer. From horizon to horizon, nearly all you see is the (Hailstone) ranch. Four miles from the main house and about 2000 feet higher, we round the corner of a woodlot and see our cabin. It is modern and attractive and sits on the side of a mountain valley. In the front is grassland; in the rear is mountain forest. The setting is perfect. Inside, the cabin is well-appointed for our comfort. The single bathroom is small but nicely equipped. The tub has a good shower that provides plenty of hot water quickly. Three small bedrooms are equipped to sleep six people and the beds turned out to be very comfortable, with snuggly duvet bedding for the cool nights that can occur even in mid-summer at this altitude. Except for the small groups of Angus that moved past our cabin on some mornings or evenings, and the many deer that visited, we were quite alone. We loved it.
Our thirty days passed surprisingly quickly. Most days, we elected just to stay at the cabin. We read, hiked and explored a bit, but most often just sat on the pleasant front porch and admired the scenic beauty around us.
I have fished in Montana trout streams for 25 years, but this was the best I ever experienced. I never failed to catch whatever we wanted for dinner and I released many, many more. In the fall the CM Hideaway Cabin is used frequently for hunting. Deer and elk are abundant. In the summer months, it has often been used for weddings and hideaway honeymoons too. For us – it was a place to have a quiet and lengthy wilderness experience we had never had before.
If you wish to consider this place to visit – you must be prepared for a close-to-nature experience utterly unbounded by the need to own a wristwatch. Such an experience is not for everyone, but for those it is- it will be one of the highlights of a lifetime.
Sandy C. from Osprey (Florida)
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