The first time I was in Helena was 1979(?) for the full eclipse of the sun. My dad took us out of school and we drove from Colorado for the event. We slept on the floor of the living room of some friends of friends of my dad.
I remember stopping at the rest stop outside of Laramie, Wyoming and trudging through a snow canyon to get to the door. They’d carved out the statue of Abraham Lincoln, which is how I recognized it later.
It was also the first time I got to pet a cow. ;-)over 6 years ago