Explore This! Bozeman, Montana

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on February 7, 2011 @ 11:00 am 13 comments
I’ve just finished reading Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann. The story takes place in Cryer’s Cross, Montana. My cursory Google check shows me that this is a fictional town, so I’ve decided our tour this week will be of Bozeman, Montana, another, larger, town mentioned in the book.

First, let me say, after reading the book, I wouldn’t be putting Cryer’s Cross on my wish list anyway, with all the disappearances and creepy goings-on there so, thankfully it is ficticious. Bozeman is, happily, not afflicted by Lisa McMann’s imagination making it a much more attractive place to visit. The book also mentions the remoteness of the area and the lack of cell phone accessibility or fast food restaurants. My big question for all of you out there: Could you give up technology and certain modern conveniences to live in a beautiful area where nature still prevails over all? (I’m asking in the hypothetical, book related sense, not specifally about Bozeman, which does have modern amentities:-)
Even in the flattest parts, the land is surrounded by mountains.
I’m always fascinated by mountains because where I live is fairly flat. They must be an overwhelming sight to see on an everyday basis.
Ah, fishing…another outdoorsy hobby that I’m not very good at :-p
Feeling a little bit like the old West, there’s the required Trading Post

Just stunning.

Farming plays a large role in Cryer’s Cross, with the harvest being an activity performed by entire families, etc.
Thinking of Montana, I always get the image of Hollywood celebs and their horse ranches, though I’m sure it’s not all celebs there.
Amongst all the beautiful nature, there is still civilization 🙂

I wonder if they get Wi-Fi here?

With mountains involved, there must be skiing too.
Personally, I’m not much of a skier, but I could definitely enjoy a little aprés ski by this fire. (Check out the view too…heavenly)

So, what do you think? Would the promise of a peaceful, traffic jam free life be enough to tempt you away from urban living? Personally, I think it’s stunning but I know I could single-handedly wipe out crops year after year with my “black thumb”. Definitely worth considering a visit though 🙂

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) February 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Ugh, Bozeman looks UGLY! ^___^ Seriously though, I could be persuaded to live in Montana for a period of time. Rough winters for sure, but what a warm season! Boggles the mind that places like this are real.

  • Jackie February 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Alisha – I'm sorry you think so! I'm not sure about the climate, but just love the idea of the scenery. But it's ok to disagree, we don't all like the same things(except for maybe castles) 😉

  • Anonymous February 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Hi there : )
    Shopping on line or in-store? which would you like? actually wondering lol.. i like in-store as i hate waiting it to come!

  • Julia Barrett February 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I spend lots of time in Bozeman and in the Crazies (mountains east of Bozeman). I LOVE Montana. Portions of Anytime Darlin' – my romance-suspense – are set near Bozeman. There is a food co-op, great restaurants, better shopping than I have in my small town in California, the setting is gorgeous – so there's snow? Big deal…where isn't there snow in the U.S. this winter?
    Thanks for the post – love seeing these pictures.

  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) February 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Oh no, Jackie I was being facetious! ^___^ Bozeman, Helena, Great Falls, Billings, Missoula….I could see myself living in any of those places for a limited time (and just might, but that's another tale). But Bozeman is especially gorgeous.

  • Jackie February 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    @Julia – Thanks for stopping by!
    The Crazies sound like something right up my alley. I think there's a University in Bozeman also? I'm glad you liked the pics and hopefully I did it justice 🙂

    @Alisha- Duh! That's my biggest problem with the electronic world, lol, understanding the tongue-in-cheek humour :-p If I had all the money in the world, I'd love to try living in may locales, this one included. Thanks for setting me straight 🙂

  • GeishasMom73 February 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    How gorgeous! I think I could give up city living for that scenery. Not sure if I could handle the weather though. Give me an internet connection & I'm there! I grew up in rural Oklahoma but not that rural! It would be nice to get away from the chaos of urban living.

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  • Chelsea B. February 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    That place looks lovely….

  • -petit February 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I would like to live in a place like this, when I got married and have my kids! XD This place gives a family feeling to me, but right I only be in a city like this for two weeks or something like that. XD I can't give up in malls or nightclubs yet hahahahah

  • Sheree February 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    If only the winters aren't so horrible there…

    I've already given up city living for the exurb life (squirrels, deer, wild turkeys, turkey vultures, coyotes, etc.) but I don't think I want to live anywhere that doesn't have a 24hr supermarket within a 15-minute drive. And a good bookstore is a must.

  • natalie23 February 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    It wouldn't bother me living somewhere with no mobile phone reception, and no fast food places as I grew up in a place like that. My comprehensive (high school) was surrounded on all sides by fields filled with horses, goats and sheep.
    There was just one road leading past the school, that was really more of a one car lane.
    If I lived somewhere like that now (and I only live about 10 miles away now) The only thing that would bother me would be if I couldn't get an internet connection, bit I would probably read more.

  • Adrie March 8, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Browsing around the web and found this article by chance!

    Bozeman is a great place to live, speaking as someone who lives here. And there IS cell phone reception and there are 24 hour supermarkets. The people are great and there is a distinct "country meets culture" feel to the town. …The winters are cold and long though. Not a problem if you like winter sports 🙂

  • Jackie March 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

    @Stacie – The more hectic life gets, the more I agree with you. There might be a feeling of cabin fever in the winter months, but imagine you'd find a way to make it work 🙂

    @Chelsea – It does, right?

    @petit – I think the emphasis on teamwork within a family would be greatly increased here but I understand about the nightclubs…then again, you could dance under the stars (and probably see them a thousand times better, lol)

    @Sheree – I've recently moved to a town where they have 2 24hr grocery stores but no big box book store! It's an adjustment, lol.

    @natalie – Funny how the internet is so important to us all now…

    @Adrie – Thanks for stopping by! The part about the no cell phones etc. was from a fictional city that was close to Bozeman but I think remote in comparison. I'm glad to (sort of) meet a Bozeman resident 🙂

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