This is my last day to get ready for the Montana trip and it's been raining for most of the day. That hasn't been a big problem because I've had a lot of indoor things I could do, like cleaning up and putting things away. But it looks like I'm going to have to hitch up to the Arctic Fox between rain showers.
It's been a long time since I've been as far North as Montana because I generally prefer the southern states and the southwestern states, but I've been invited to stay at a real working ranch in Montana and I can't pass up the opportunity to be around some actual cowboys.
I've always had a lot of respect for people that make their living ranching, it's a tough, difficult, and often times financially draining, way to make a living. It's something that you really have to love doing because love might be the only thing you get out of it. The weather and cattle prices are pretty much out of your control, and yet those two things can make the difference between success and failure.
So to succeed ranchers have to be self-reliant, responsible, and tougher than the land they live on and I believe that makes them good people to know, interesting people to be around, and true American patriots.