Hundreds of years ago, when I was young, my first thought of a place to retire was in a log cabin somewhere Northwest of Helena, MT. A few years ago, I was weathered in in Helena and had a chance to rent a jeep and drive to the exact area I had dreamed of last Century. I was shocked that it was not covered with tacky "retirement" homes and gift shops. It must be impossible to buy land up there because there were very few houses or structures of any kind, for that matter. I think most of the area is a national park or some kind of protected land and there are plenty of cool historic site to visit. Although I'll never go there to retire, I'm glad to know it is still mostly primitive and has not been ruined by those foreigners from California (yet).