Montana should come with a note from the Surgeon General 'Warning: Montana is addictive, may cause mild euphoria and a slowing of the pulse.' Maybe it's the sky, which seems bigger and bluer here than anywhere else. Maybe it's the air, intoxicatingly crisp, fresh and scented with pine. Maybe it's the way the mountains melt into undulating ranchlands, or the sight of a shaggy grizzly sipping from an ice-blue glacier lake.
Maybe it's the independent frontier spirit, wild and free and oh-so-wonderfully American, that earned Montana its 'live and let live' state motto. Whatever the cause, Montana's the kind of place that remains with you long after you've left its beautiful spaces behind. And some of us never even go home.