We leave Clark Canyon Dam very early (5:20am) and drive North on I-15 to 278 where the Big Hole Valley Scenic Drive starts. The pre-sunrise skies are pink and blue and purple and we pass big ranches – current and old – one after another. The views are spectacular and we cannot have enough of them. The Bitterroot mountains, the Pioneer Mountains, the Anaconda Range and the Big Hole river are all in site and splendid!
We catch up with a cattle drive, huge, all Angus, cowboys, Border Coolies and all, friendly as all Montanans are.
Then we suddenly need gas. Luckily, we are in Wisdom, which is the last place you can get gas on this road. We get gas and ask about a place to have breakfast – it is right across from the gas station. We are assured you can have “really good breakfast” there and we go. It’s called THE CROSSINGS and claims to have been established in 1932 by “Fetty”. There are pictures on the wall of Fetty circa 1945, sitting at the bar, feeding his PET DOE with milk, then Fetty and the Doe in his pickup…
The menu includes eclectic Montana cuisine like “THE BASIC FRENCH TOAST – Three thick slices of Texas toast dipped in egg and dusted with powdered sugar…” All in all, service is friendly if very slow but we are not in a hurry and our breakfast, when it arrives includes slices of fresh cantaloupe and the juiciest country ham I have ever tasted. Three cheers for The Crossings!
BTW, I have found this incredible site with description of all the scenic drives in Montana, it’s better than any of the travel books I have, if scenery is your thing, this is your reference:
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