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Del Bonita, Montana

Posted by graywacke on January 3, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-time-I-get-around-to-it blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Oh my.  My oh my.  Let me see, it was last May when I posted my Londonderry VT landing.  That makes it about seven or eight months ago.  Seven months without a landing.  Seven months without a post.  I’m inspired by our recent visit (and I’m OK and you’re OK), so why not a landing?

Back in the saddle, and where do I land?  In the number one OSer, of course . . . MT; 116/95; 5/10 (0/5); 12; 156.0.  For the 12th time, I landed in the Milk R watershed, on to the Missouri (365th hit).

Boy, I feel like I need a little review.  Well, here’s a graph of my Score since I began the blog.  You can see I have been in a OSer / USer funk for the last 60 or so posts (the up and down part of the tail end of the graph).


Anyway, moving right along.

My landing map shows that I landed about 6 miles south of the Canadian border, near the border crossing known as Port of Del Bonita.  Man, that sounds like it should be a Mexican border crossing, eh?


My GE shot shows that I landed on the edge of a huge farm field:


The drainageway just south of my landing looks like it might be dramatic.  Well, not so dramatic.  Here’s a GE Street View shot of the drainageway, less than a mile west of my landing where it crosses the highway:

GE shot of drainage

An oblique GE shot shows that the Rockies aren’t too far to the west (actually, almost 50 miles away):


I think the actual town of Del Bonita is in Alberta (AB in post office shorthand), and the “Port of Del Bonita” is the name given to the MT border crossing.  I probably overstated in saying that Del Bonita AB is an actual town.  There’s really nothing resembling a town that I could discern.  And, there sure ain’t nuthin’ much about it on the internet . . .

So, searching for a topical highlight, I could do no better than the Whetstone International Airport. I’ll start with the name.  Sometimes, one might quibble about the use of the word “International” as part of an airport name; for example, some little airport in the middle of the country with no international flights.  But let me tell you:  Whetstone International Airport is gosh by golly true to its name.  The grass runway is centered right on the border.  So, when a plane lands, one of its wheels might be in the US and one of its wheels might be in Canada!

Here’s a GE shot of the airport; the runway is the east-west strip between the fields in the middle of the photo.  You can also see the border crossing facilities for each country:


Here’s a shot (by Mike Quinn) of the border marker and the runway:

runway on border

Here’s a “just for the heck of it” moment:  I stumbled on the “Airport Parking Assistant” website that purports to address parking issues at the airport.  These folks have obviously created a website for every airport in the US, and simply inserted the airport name into a bunch of canned language.  Here’s a little verbiage lifted from the site:

Getting away, whether for business or pleasure, can be stressful enough without having to worry about your auto. Port of Del Bonita Whetstone International Airport parking can be difficult or it can be easy, depending on the information you get prior to any flight. Knowing when and where to park can save you time, money, and inconvenience. Most of the parking near Port of Del Bonita Whetstone International Airport is run by the Parking Authority and offers on-site airport parking. There are short-term and economy lots, as well as garages for long-term stays . . .

Yea, right.

Anyway, I’ll close with this shot taken from Remington Ranch (a cattle ranch), located about 7 miles west of Del Bonita AB.  We’re obviously looking west towards the Rockies.

Remington Ranch, looking west

That’ll do it.



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