Weather, distance, and geography all make the Treasure State a special place, and our folks are pretty special, too. Check out this list by Pat Hill of ways you know you’re a Montanan:
—You like to soak outside in a natural hot springs even if it’s so cold your wet hair freezes.
—You never put winter clothes away and look for firewood year round.
—You know droughts don’t last forever, and flood plains aren’t good places to build homes.
—You know how many cords of wood it will take to get through the winter.
—Without blinking an eye, you drive hundreds of miles to shop, camp fish, or for a rodeo or concert.
—You wave at other drivers when traveling back roads.
—Slowing down on the road for a herd of cattle, sheep, or even bison, is no big deal.
—You work three jobs at a time and consider it normal.
—You measure distance on a road trip in hours and minutes, not miles.
—You know people who while driving have hit deer, elk, moose or cattle.
—You’ve gone to the grocery store on a snowmobile.
—You’ve buried the speedometer while cruising Montana’s highways.
—You carry a roll of toilet paper in the jockey box for emergency roadside stops.
—You know the difference between the west slope and the east slope.
—You’ve eaten Rocky Mountain Oysters just after the branding.
—You shop for Hutterite chickens and turkeys.
—The Going-to-the-Sun and Beartooth highways don’t scare you.
—You know the Jersey Lily Bar.
—Gun shows are a family event, and so is gopher hunting.
—The start of the fishing and big game seasons are pretty much state holidays.
—You’re suntan starts at your hands and ends just above your elbows.
—The Cat-Griz game is as important as the Super Bowl.
—Most pickup trucks you see have gun racks.
—To make time on a drive, and to avoid a ticket, you drive the speed limit plus seven.
—Neighborhood visits from wildlife like deer, antelope, and even bear are nothing to get excited about.
—You park beneath underpasses to avoid hail damage.
—You say spendy, not pricy.
—You know how to pronounce the names of places like Havre, Butte, and Meagher County.
—You say crick, not creek.
—You know all about Saint Patty’s Day in Butte.
—You don’t brake for gophers.
—You’ve survived all three days of Rockin’ the Rivers.
—You break out the barbeque when the first Chinook hits.
—You’re ready to plug your car in during the winter.
—You know what amber waves of grain really look like.
—You tell North Dakota jokes.
—You know the Native Americans from the Browning area are Blackfeet, not Blackfoot.
—You hardly notice the wind in Livingston.
—You’ll drive 300 miles to put a friend on the train.