Setting Up Camp

The photo I posted yesterday is one of my all time favorites (Montana Dreaming). To get this Monday morning started right I thought I’d share a few more pics from that magical moment hanging out the window of my mom’s car (I have this silly habit of taking pictures from moving vehicles). Just a bit down from the cabin were some people putting up teepees. I love how that one horse broke away from the herd and is just watching them work. Enjoy!

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Montana Dreaming

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So it’s been about a week and a half since I’ve returned from Montana and I just can’t get it out of my mind. Before I even left I was already planning my next trip. There’s just something so special and freeing about a place so wild an untouched. Every time I go I feel like a captive animal returned to the wild. The longer I’m there the more the social pressures and expectations just melt away and what is left is who I really am. It’s a place that forces you to see the nonsense in your life for what it is and to focus on what is truly important. No matter where I live, Montana will always be home for me. One of my new goals in life is to have a small rustic cabin outside of Glacier Park where I can just get away and enjoy God’s creation. I’m sure I will add things to the list more quickly than I will accomplish them, but I have started a Montana wish list. They are in no particular order.

Own a Cabin Near Glacier Park
Visit Family Homestead Again
Horseback Riding in Glacier
Helicopter Ride Over Glacier
Rock Climbing
Spend Night in a Teepee
Yellowstone in a Snow Coach Again
Try Snow Shoeing
Hike to Granell Glacier
Hike To Iceberg Lake
Hike Ptarmigan Trail
Stay at a Glacier Chalet
Stay in a Lodge at Glacier
Pan for Sapphires Again
Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
Charlie Russell Chew-Choo Dinner Train
North Pole Adventure on the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo
Visit Montana Grizzly Encounter
Sleigh Ride
Zip Line

Montana Mountain Air

OK, so I seriously just started freaking out in the middle of Bath & Body Works. I had been feeling homesick today and missing Montana and then I came across their new scent Montana Mountain Air! I literally jumped in the air I was so excited! Of course it doesn’t smell exactly like Montana, but it’s still nice. I was so amazed I bought 5 of the hand soaps! I promise I’m not a hoarder, just took advantage of the sale. 🙂

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Sunset Over Montana

Laying in bed trying to hold on to the last bit of magic from my trip to Montana. The laughter, the freedom, the sights, the smells, the people, the food are just a few of the reasons it’s love when it comes to Montana. So, as the sun sets on this vacation I thought I’d share a few of the sunsets from this trip.

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Magic Carpet Ride

I can’t believe it’s already time to go home! Vacations always go way too fast! I had a little issue checking in at the airport this morning that is just too funny not to share.

Because my hair is so long (down to my hips), there are a few little girls in my life who think I’m secretly a real Disney princess. I guess their reasoning is people just don’t have hair like that in real life. One has recently decided I’m secretly a ninja instead but that’s another story.

Well this morning I had a Disney experience of a different kind. My checked bag was overweight so I was grabbing the smallest heaviest things I could to put in my carry on. That’s how a silver creamer ended up in my purse. Opening the bag and seeing it there makes me feel like Aladdin with his magic lamp! I got a pretty strange look from the guy at the coffee stand so I had to explain the story. I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

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What The Hay!

Montana

Yesterday after church, some family members and I piled into a couple cars and took the scenic drive from Great Falls to the Utica/Hobson area for the annual What The Hay contest (see www.montanabaletrail.com  for additional info). Contestants used a lot of straw, spray paint, and imagination to come up with some very creative sculptures.  As we drove the 22 mile loop from Windham to Utica to Hobson, there was much chatter in the car about which display was our favorite.  Below are a few of my favorites.  Which one is your favorite?

Wizard of Straws

Wizard of Straws

Year Of The Farmer

So God Made a Farmer

Hay 1 Steak Sauce

Hay 1 Steak Sauce

Mike and Sulhay

Mike and Sul-hay

Despic-hay-ble Me 2

Despic-hay-ble Me 2 – I about jumped out of the car when I saw these guys!

Rudolph and Friends

Yukon Corn-hay-lious, Herm-hay the elf and friends

Smart Hay Pants

Smart-hay Pants

Snoop-hay

Snoop-hay

Tow M-hay-tor

Tow M-hay-tor

To Canada And Back Again

Finally a slow morning so let’s get caught up on this little adventure. Waterton Park was pretty fantastic! Prince of Wales Hotel has my favorite view of any of the lodges in Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park.

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We took the two hour boat tour to Goat Haunt back on the American side of the park. Of course I spent most of the tour at the bow of the 86 year old boat. It was just more fun and free up there. On the tour we saw a black bear and three bald eagles. However, one of my favorite parts was seeing the American-Canadian border cleared out across the mountains. It is the largest unprotected border in the world!

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We finished out that chapter of the trip driving through Canadian farm land overlooking the mountains we had just left. Then my mom, aunt, and I accidentally stayed at a dive motel in Shelby, MT. All we could do was just laugh and laugh and laugh!

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Yesterday I made it to Great Falls and took a quick 6 mile hike along the Missouri River. This morning it’s off to the farmers market and then a big family get together tonight.

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The Joke

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To commemorate our trip my mom and aunt gave me this adorable Big Sky Carvers figurine. It is just so us and perfectly captures this trip. The three of us are always getting into something and cracking jokes.

While hiking in Glacier Park, we decided to each say hello to those we passed in a different language. I started it out with bonjour, my mom followed with guten tag, and my aunt rounded it off with hola! Oh the reactions we got! We just always make sure we have fun no matter what we are doing.