With the beautiful snow covered mountains of Castle Reef and the Bob Marshall Wilderness as a backdrop, thousands of Snow Geese take time to rest and recharge at Freezeout Lake near Fairfield, Montana on a beautiful sunny morning in late March. My wife and I took a day trip to view the spring migration of large flocks of snow geese, as well as many other waterfowl and spring shorebirds that use Freezeout Lake and the surrounding farmlands as a resting and recharging center as they make their 3000 mile trek north to the tundra.
Yesterday as we passed through the quiet towns of Fairfield (pop. ~725), Choteau (pop. ~1,688) and Augusta (pop. ~309 and where my wife and I shared a picnic lunch), We could almost feel ourselves being transported back in time, to a place where everyone knew each other, where neighbors still helped neighbors and where life was much simpler.