During the last year of his life, Jamie and I spent a lot of time exploring the Highland Mountains (aka the Highlands), a small mountain range 20 miles south of Butte.
Just as Jamie's pre-Alice road trips long ago helped prepare us for all the road trips the two of them would go on later, Jamie's explorations of the Highlands have been good research for places to take Nancy and Isaac in the future.
In his time living in Montana, Jamie also explored many other wilderness destinations that the pack will visit in the future: Canyon Creek, Miller Cabin, Bloody Dick Cabin, Horse Prairie Cabin, Eagle Guard Station, Vipond Park, and others. But the Highlands are special because they're so close to home. Middle Fork Valley was just 40 minutes from our home in Seattle, and the Highlands are just 30 minutes from our home in Butte.
Nancy and Isaac will never get to know the Middle Fork Valley like Jamie and Alice did, but the Highlands will likely become their Middle Fork Valley. I'm looking forward to adding many lines to Jamie's Highlands map with Nancy and Isaac in the years ahead.