"The next passage of my journey is a love affair. I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it's difficult to analyze love when you are in it."
But there's a better quote, I think, a few sentences after it. It'll make the Texans angry, but there's something that to me is much more interesting and perhaps even more true than the first quote:
"Montana seems to me what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans."
Better than both, though, is this one from Norman Maclean:
“The world is full of bastards, the number increasing rapidly the further one gets from Missoula, Montana.”
Here's a picture taken Sunday about 10 miles from Missoula: