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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:11 AM
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by MK last modified Jul 06, 2011

Who knew Montana is epically beautiful? I am ashamed to say I didn’t know. But it so is. We recently did a 4 day, 50 mile raft trip down the upper Missouri River in Montana, following part of the path of the famed 1805-1806 Lewis and Clarke expedition. The Missouri river is high and fast and [...]




 

 

Who knew Montana is epically beautiful? I am ashamed to say I didn’t know. But it so is.
We recently did a 4 day, 50 mile raft trip down the upper Missouri River in Montana, following part of the path of the famed 1805-1806 Lewis and Clarke expedition. The Missouri river is high and fast and recently flooding due to spring rains and enormous watershed. We paddled along, stopping for hikes through the slot canyons and for wine and champagne breaks. But mostly we were in awe of the landscape during our float.

The river is flanked by a high and broad floodplain that narrows as we progress. Cliffs rise ever higher on either side. As we enter the famous ‘White Cliffs’ section of the Upper Missouri I am in awe of the beauty. The exposed sandstone appears so architectural, as though it had been sculpted with aesthetic intent rather than by water, time and erosion. As we climb through its walls, crevices and nooks the light filling the cave and canyon spaces is soft and timeless. Even with the heat, the spaces are cool and comfortably protected by the winds and rains.

This is truly green building. How can we make buildings more like these spaces and structures?



 

 

 
 
 

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