Fire watch station atop Northwest Peak, Yaak, Montana

Fire watch station atop Northwest Peak, Yaak, Montana

This photo was taken a few summers ago on top of Northwest Peak near Yaak, Montana. The mountain is situated at the furthest NW point of Montana, and when you trek to the top of its talus slopes, you can peer into Idaho to the west and see the spectacle of the Canadian Rockies to the north. The rustic white building at the right is an old fire watch station that has since been abandoned. During the 1920’s, it was used to spot fires and oncoming weather, but unfortunately, it wasn’s the safest place to be during a storm. Upon walking inside, I saw a sign that read, “In case of lightening, seek shelter elsewhere.” Even though the shanty was bolted to the peak with cables, it was a prime area for lightening to strike. No matter where I reside, my mind always returns to this day on top of my corner of the world, savoring life at its pinnacle with nature. For all I knew, another kind of lightening had struck my brain on this clear afternoon, inspiring an awe of silence and tingling gratitude.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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2 Responses to Fire watch station atop Northwest Peak, Yaak, Montana

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Where else would you shelter up there? Your words “at its pinnacle” made me smile because yesterday I discovered that another meaning for at its very pinnacle is ‘in the pink’ so I wrote a very pink toned post. But in your post there is a pinnacle but not even the tiniest amount of pink. Just lots of lovely whites, greys and blues.

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