Montana Driveway Made for Exploring

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm finally living in my new Kalispell home. The home is located at the far end of a nearly 30 acre parcel of property. Behind us are several miles of wilderness, which means two things. First, we have a relatively long driveway and second, animals abound in our area.

 

Montana Driveway Made for ExploringSince it is now the middle of winter, I've given up my habit of running down the road four days a week. The ice and snow encrusted roads are just too dangerous for running so I'm currently walking up and down the driveway several times a day. It's more than a mile round trip, so it does provide a bit of a stretch for now. But my morning walk down the driveway is not just for exercise; it is for exploring.

 

First thing in the morning, there is usually a light dusting of snow which makes conditions ideal for spotting tracks of the nighttime animal explorations. There is always evidence that one animal or another has been out wandering around our acreage. In the past week or so, there have been tracks of turkeys, deer, mice and red fox.

 

Montana Driveway Made for Exploring

Even more interesting in terms of exploration is that I have personally seen most of these animals myself. I woke up this morning to the sight of nine deer wandering around the side and back of my home. A mouse has been sighted in the compost pile. Turkeys have shown themselves on several occasions. The only animal we haven't seen in person is the fox. There are also animals we know are in the miles of acreage behind us that have not appeared on our property.  Elk, mountain lion and black bear. For now, the bears are hibernating, and the mountain lion and elk are staying away. I'm waiting for the day I will look out the window and see an elk looking back at me. I'm sure that day is coming!

 

I'm grateful for my mile of driveway. It's a perfect spot for exploring.

 

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Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

 

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

eXp Realty - New York

 

email: kat@thehousekat.com

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406-270-3667 (MT) and 914-419-0270 (NY)

 

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Kat:

I enjoyed your post but especially the photos! The only thing we see in our short driveway typically are the lizards! And sometimes the crows!

Jeff

Jan 19, 2020 05:26 PM #9
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Kathy Streib
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Kat- that must be so much fun for you!!!! Just be careful when you're out there!!!! And yes, take pics!!!!

Jan 19, 2020 05:44 PM #10
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Kat. If I walk the length of your driveway from my fornt door, I would be in the center of dowtown Chicago and likely see only a few dogs! I am a bit jealous at your space at times. Enjoy your day!

Jan 20, 2020 05:15 AM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
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Grant Schneider - I hope the mice don't get inside either!

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - my Sunday was very nice! I hope yours was also.

Kathleen Daniels - Thank you! It's certainly been an interesting addition to my day(s).

 

Jan 20, 2020 05:21 AM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you Roy Kelley - I can't wait to see what this morning offers.

Don Baker - you are right about the winter not being (officially) half over. To me, from my life in NY, winter usually starts around November, so by January all we have left is February which goes quick. In March things start to melt! So by that scale, we're mid-way through! I just saw it's supposed to be near 50 next weekend so that'll be interesting.

Jan 20, 2020 05:23 AM #13
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Kat Palmiotti
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - we definitely don't have lizards, but I think crows are everywhere in this country!

I am careful Kathy Streib ! And I always have my phone in my pocket just in case I see something fun to photograph.

 

Jan 20, 2020 05:25 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
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Wayne Martin - thank you for commenting. The one thing I haven't seen on my morning walks is a dog, but I do have several neighbors who have some. And we'll probably have one soon....

Jan 20, 2020 05:25 AM #15
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Kat... your pleasure in your new home and surroundings comes out loud and clear in your posts. Nothing like loving where you live.

Jan 20, 2020 05:51 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
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Nina Hollander = Thank you for saying that. I truly do love this place.

Jan 20, 2020 06:00 AM #17
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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Coming from Upstate NY I am sure the snow and cold does not bother you. In my yard in Florida I have deer, rabbits, cranes, Ibis, large turtles, tropical and non-tropical birds and (unfortunately) humans.

Jan 20, 2020 07:14 AM #18
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Don Baker
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my wife's aunt has a place in Montana, she gets snow in April.  I don't think you're likely to be in the clear after February.  I'll keep watching.  I have a sister in North Dakota.  I watch her weather fairly closely.  

Jan 20, 2020 07:18 AM #19
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Brian England
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That definitely looks like too much snow for my tastes.  I think it is great that you have so much land to explore on a daily basis!

Jan 20, 2020 07:31 AM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - You have a lot of animals to check out, that's true. Actually I hate being cold, but here, with the low humidity, dressing right seems to usually do the trick.

Don Baker - keep an eye on Kalispell! It's usually a lot different than elsewhere here. Have a great week!

Brian England - I just got back from this morning's walk, and the fox was back last night. And the deer of course. I think the fox might be looking for food - they're usually pregnant now....

Jan 20, 2020 07:59 AM #21
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Hello Kat,  Remember in April or May you will be seeing a new kind of track "BEAR" once they way up, get your bear spray now to get use to carrying it.

Jan 21, 2020 08:34 AM #22
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Kat Palmiotti
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Will Hamm - we did see black bear tracks up the mountain a bit before the winter started. We have bear spray and other protection!

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Thanks for making me think of the big sky country Kat Palmiotti 

Jan 23, 2020 01:16 PM #24
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you for stopping by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - an update to this post - we saw a mountain lion/cougar print on our property.!!!

Jan 24, 2020 04:59 AM #25
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Hi Kat Palmiotti - I love that you are making the most of the winter months. I do agree with Kathy Streib, be careful. My husband always suggests I take a walking stick on a hike. I have walked outside my door and have seen bobcats roaming the neighborhood, so I know the animals are out everywhere.  I love the pics with the tracks. It is fun to identify tracks.  I have a book I sometimes use. 

Jan 25, 2020 07:37 AM #26
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When I lived in Anchorage, we were all startled to see a moose looking in at us through a window. It's always thrilling to see wildlife. You are having such a wonderful experience in your new home. 

Jan 25, 2020 09:29 AM #27
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Kat Palmiotti
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It is fun to identify tracks, and I agree about safety, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® . Depending on the day, we either carry a big walking stick, a weapon, or bring our new dog!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I would love to see an elk looking in the window at us. That would be so cool!

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