Why I live in Montana... #1: Just Behind My House

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 06-09-2008 01:45 AM 1890 reads 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had some incredible opportunities for projects in Ohio. In fact, almost all of my best work is in Ohio. I really owe all the thanks to my clients, the Coopers, for trusting in me and allowing me to run with my design ideas.

It has often been asked of me, why don’t I just move to Ohio? The following images were taken at a Billings city park called the “Four Dances Natural Area.” It is behind our house and across the Yellowstone River. We can look out our back yard upon these sandstone cliffs and watch the sun rise over them in the morning. We also can hop in the car and drive to the top in just a few minutes to take the dogs for a hike.

Sometimes I think to myself, “I can’t believe I live here!”

Here is a view of Sacrifice Cliffs out the backyard. They are illuminated by the last light of the setting sun.

View out the backyard.

These shots look west to the Absaroka Beartooth Mountains.



This shot looks south to the Pryor Mountain range which is just inside Wyoming. The Pryors hold the national wild horse refuge.


Hope that answers any questions of why I don’t live in Ohio.

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 06-09-2008 01:48 AM

Incredible views…I don’t blame you one bit for living there…


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#2 posted 06-09-2008 01:54 AM

The only way I could get that view is to print those pictures and tape them to the window. Enjoy them for me will ya?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 06-09-2008 01:58 AM

That’s a mighty fine backyard.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 06-09-2008 02:21 AM

Would you consider adopting me??

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 06-09-2008 02:47 AM

that is a nice back yard. beautiful view too!

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#6 posted 06-09-2008 02:51 AM

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I would say you have said it all. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 06-09-2008 02:59 AM

Nice photos Todd….we do have our share of beauty here in Montana… I need to come check out what else exist here.
Here is what I get to enjoy just a couple miles from my house.

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#8 posted 06-09-2008 03:13 AM


I was wondering if you guys were thawing out up there. From the webcam it looks like it. We have been getting a lot of rain down here in Billings. It has been a while since I saw this much green in the Billings area.


I got an acre if you got a tent!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 03:36 AM

Hey now, we have some very nice overpasses here in Ohio! ;)

There’s some decent scenery on the West Virginia side of Ohio, but we’re otherwise pretty flat with an occsional hill. Definitely no scenery like that.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 06-09-2008 03:57 AM

You sure you don’t need an apprentice?

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#11 posted 06-09-2008 04:30 AM

I have to admit that Ohio has some great greenery and southern Ohio is beautiful.

Actually Knox county where I grew up isn’t bad. The rails to trails segment in Mount Vernon is expecially beautiful in the fall. I think that the area rivals anything in the northeastern U.S.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 06-09-2008 05:16 AM

Well I’m 31 ft above sea level, and I’m 40 miles from Chesapeake Bay and 30 miles to the ocean.

We don’t got no hills in Delaware, You can ride a bicycle and never have to worry about peddling uphill, but then you never get to coast downhill either.

The highest point in the state is where we touch Pa.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 06-09-2008 05:48 AM

I spent 3 summers in Montana and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about that state. One of these days I hope my wife will finally come around and realize that it is where we should be living. If you know of anyone who wants to give away a few acres of buildable real estate I think I may have a shot. Until then I will continue to live in southern Indiana and hopefully get to visit Montana at least once every 5 years. Enjoy it for me.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#14 posted 06-09-2008 05:54 AM

ok…I am coming. You dont have to keep selling us (just kidding—-keep sending pictures)...beautiful!!!

I love napa…but man…get me to the woods…and the mountains and the streams…IN FIVE DAYS I WILL BE DRIVING TO YOSEMITE!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 06-09-2008 05:55 AM


Make sure you look me up if you head this way.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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