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It’s July 17, 2012. We are in Belgrade, Montana – a main gateway to Yellowstone Park. Our original plan was to get to Yellowstone today or tomorrow, but we just don’t have the time. We will plan our return trip to we can visit the park then.

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog called “What’s in a Name“. When you travel 660+ kilometres through Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana, you come across names…lots of names:  Coeur d’Alene, De Borgia, Anaconda, Three Forks, and Ritzville. But today, we learned most about one name in particular:  Butte, Montana.

Butte is named after the steep-sided hill that rises above the valley below. I had taken geography courses before and knew what a butte was, but that didn’t seem like a good enough reason for people to inhabit the area. It turns out that Butte is best know for mining –…

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