If you asked me to name my favorite song, favorite book, even favorite ice cream flavor, I would have to take a minute and think about it. And the answer may be different depending on the time of day, my frame of mind, whether or not I had time for three full cups of coffee that morning. But if you ask me which is my favorite river, I don't even have to think about it.
Last week on our way between Seeley Lake and Missoula, we stopped at a fishing access and spent some time at one of my favorite spots in Montana. I've been stopping at this spot for as long as I can remember. There is just something so soulfeeding about the golden beaches, the rocky cliffs, the green water. I feel so at home here.
And they are such water lovers. When Aven sees any body of water out the window of the car, she begins to lobby; "Dip toes, Mama, dip toes there!"
I can usually be persuaded.
"I wish I had a river so long,
it would teach my feet to fly..." Joni Mitchell, River