Interesting, the description made it sound like they were trying so hard it could only be fake.Based on my own experience, Challis, Idaho is definitely the real deal in terms of individuals wearing hats and boots NOT being posers. You can find 'em on the Montana side of the Divide in Wisdom, Jackson, Wise River, and even in Dillon, too. Bozeman and Missoula, not so much.
Last time we drove our Superduty to MT, we stopped for coffee and baked goods at the "Wheat, Montana" mill/bakery/deli/coffeeshop at the junction of US-287 and I-90 near Three Forks, a little west of Bozeman. It was early on a Saturday morning and a young family parked their mud-covered Superduty beside ours. Out bounded 2 kids around 6 to 8 years of age, a boy and a girl, a Marlboro Man dad (only in his late 20s/early 30s) and his wife, who could have passed for a Paris runway model, only with no makeup and long,long blonde braids. All were lean, fit, and clad in Lee jeans, well-worn long-sleeved chambray shirts ,straw cowboy hats. and scuffed and muddy Western boots of the ranch worker variety. Dad's and Mom's had spurs. We figured they were headed to a local rodeo or maybe a 4-H gathering. Whatever their mission, they were the real deal, too.
Looking forward to seeing where you wander in Big Sky Country, Jerry.
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