Note: This column was originally published on helenair.com on Apr. 15, 2015.

Montana is a great place. The people are a lot warmer than the average temperature. The scenery is amazing. The fishing, boating and skiing are world-class. The history is profound.

I moved here from San Diego in January at the beginning of this year, and when I came, I knew very little of that. All I knew was that Montana was cold, and there was lots of ice and snow around to remind me of it.

Since I arrived, I’ve acclimated pretty well. But I don’t feel 100 percent like a local yet, so I feel uniquely qualified to share the fun little discoveries many of us who have moved into this big, cold, fascinating place experience upon arrival.

Here’s a short list of 10 things many out-of-towners learn quickly after moving to Montana.

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