In Full Planning Mode

Wow!  I’ve been so busy planning my next big trip that I haven’t written in a while!  The plans are coming along, but there is still a lot to do.  This will be my most ambitious trip yet!  I plan to visit 10 countries in two and a half weeks.  Most of the trip will be new places/experiences for me.

I know for many of you this is no big deal, but one of the new experiences will be packing light.  I’ve always been one to travel with a checked bag that weighed 49.9 lbs as well as a carry on.  This time I plan to only bring a carry on and personal item.  The idea of dragging 80 lbs of luggage everywhere I go scares me more than not having something to wear.  I look forward to the challenge and promise I will not post “How to Pack 97 Outfits in Your Carry-On.”  I’ve been looking for tips & tricks online and some of them are just ridiculous.  I’m sorry, but adding earrings does not count as a whole new outfit!  haha

Another adventure I am tackling on this trip is how to make the most of my 16 hour layover in London.  I had to make an overnight layover somewhere on my way back and I’m so happy I could find one someplace fun!  I went to London a few years ago, but it was a very, very quick trip.  I’m not sure what I want to see or do yet, but I’m leaning toward the London Eye.  I imagine it’s beautiful at night!  What would you do if you only had a few hours in London?

London Eye

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Visions Of Winter Fun Dancing In My Head

It’s official!  I’ll be back in Montana again in a couple weeks!  This will be my first time there during the winter in almost a decade! I know living in the South so long has made me a little soft, but I’m hoping I toughen up to the Montana winter within a day or two.Snowy Cabin

It won’t be the first time that it’s snowed on me while visiting the Treasure State.   During my 2012 trip it snowed my first full day there, since it was the middle of Junuary.  If you’re not familiar with Junuary, it’s when it feels like January in June!  My mom and I were supposed to sleep in a teepee that night for the first time, but we weren’t prepared for that kind of weather and opted for a nice warm hotel instead.

Junuary

Junuary

It’s very typical that the first snow of the year is in October and the last snow in May.  However, I have seen it snow every month of the year in Montana!  I even remember getting snowed on at an Independence Day cookout once!

I’ve been away from it long enough that the snow is now a novelty to me and I can’t wait to go play in it!  These past few days I’ve had visions of ice skates, snow shoes, and sleigh rides dancing in my head.  Stay tuned to see which Montana Wish List events get checked off during this trip!

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