road trip! on a quest to earn my ‘visit an old stone house’ merit badge.
Mr. Bossy, Camille, and I took a little road trip to Helena, the capital state of Montana, to be with friends for their daughter’s graduation from Carroll College.
Here is what we saw on the way. My dream stone house. It has been my dream stone house for as long as I can remember, but this was the first time we took the hike to it and got a lil tour of the inside. My friend Krista and her pop love this house, too. We have a lot of similar dreams that way. I may weep through this post as I cannot stand how good this house is or how beautiful it must have been in its hey day.
from the road getting a closer look
(which is usually all I can get a shot of
b/c Mr. Bossy is a destination kind of a guy)
front door header detail…wow. curved window; not as easy as a square one, but this was a detail guy
Anthropologie, eat your heart out…you’ve got nothing on a 100 years in a Montana winter for the aging process.
plaster with lots of layers and lots of weather to get this amazing effect
old bits of peeling wallpaper…there aren’t words
lath ceiling and lath and plaster walls with only the stone outside wall peeking through. Brrrrr…..only bits of the hay insulation are left. Those would have been cold winters!
tears of joy
complete with gate (that is open) and the always present hunters warning
would I be able to live in a city? And give all of this up? I think not.
Take away: when trespassing on railroad owned land, be sure to be related to someone who built the railroad 100 years ago(can be good conversation starter) and smile to the truckload of workers as you pull away(just in case you want to come back–maybe they will remember you as friendly).
‘visit an old stone house’ merit badge complete!