When I moved to Montana it was like moving to a different planet. People started asking me the darndest questions. Eventually, I compiled a little list of things people have asked me when I told them I lived in Montana.

In no particular order, here are 5 of the most ridiculous things I have been asked about living in Montana.

1. "OMG...I love Yellowstone. Have you seen it?!?" Typically, I start talking about the National Park, which throws them way off. Do people not realize that Yellowstone the series is not ALL Montana has? But yes, I have seen the series and at some point during the conversation, I think, "Perhaps I should bring them to the train station."

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Getty Images: Frazer Harrison / Staff
Photo by Nicolasintravel on Unsplash

2. "You must be so good at skiing." I have actually only skied one time; I had to have the paramedics come to get me because both my knees were dislocated. So no, I am not good at skiing and there are lots of people here who don't do it. I know it is a strange concept, but not everyone in Montana is an Olympic-level skier.

Photo by Banff Sunshine Village on Unsplash
Photo by Banff Sunshine Village on Unsplash

3. "Does it get cold there?" Yes, my friend...it does. If you look at a map of the United States, you will see our friends to the north. That's Canada. Most likely, if you share a border with Canada and live in the North, it will be cold. Just a little geography lesson.

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Photo by Tadeusz Lakota on Unsplash

4. "Isn't it crazy that people can just have guns there?" To this, I just smile and say "It's my right," as I pat the side of my purse and wink.

5. "Are you from California?" I am not...and not everyone who moves here is. I actually shared a state line with Montana my whole life. So the snow, wildlife, hunting, fishing, and midwest values are in my blood and will be forever.

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Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Am I the only one who gets asked these questions? We have the internet, so you'd think people would be able to figure out most of these with a simple Google search, but then again, the people asking me these questions may not be the smartest cookies in the jar.

Beautiful Montana Cabin For Under $300k? Yep, But There's A Catch

This cute cabin set in the highly desired Hyalite Canyon is listed at $243,000 is a steal of a deal, BUT it does have some stipulations. This remote cabin is a Forest Service cabin and has apparently been standing strong since the early 1900s and is rumored to have been built as a retreat for nurses in 1911.

You will find that this cabin comes with power, phone service, gravity-fed spring water, AND a strongly built outhouse.

So what are the kickers? Unfortunately, Forest Service Residents CAN NOT be full-time. So what does that mean? Basically, you can live here part-time even though you would own the home. You can not make a profit off the house, either personally or commercially, so for the time you are not living there, you also can not rent it out and make some extra income off of it.

There is no financing available for this purchase, as the cabin doesn't qualify for it, you must be a cash buyer.
Lastly, you must be able to obtain an "FS Special Use Permit". This is required because, although you would own the cabin, you WOULD NOT own the land the cabin is on. The land will still belong to the USFS.

Private Montana Island Listed For 72 Million Dollars

The largest private island west of the Mississippi River is located on Flathead Lake in Montana. The island which is well over 300 acres comes with two "villas" The main villa and the guest villa. The main villa is over 45 thousand square feet and has an underground shooting range.

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