Happy Birthday Montana!

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Still beautiful at 124 years old!

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Finally Fall?

The weather is finally cooling down here in Florida and I am loving every minute of it!  Out of stubbornness I have been wearing light sweaters and scarves in 85° weather for about a month now.  I am ready for Fall…and for … Continue reading

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

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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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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Going To The Sun And Beyond

What a day! My mom, aunt, and I covered a lot of ground in Glacier Park today! We started the day at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge and headed up the Going To The Sun Road.

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This road is my favorite drive in the country, but is not for the faint of heart. The narrow winding road was carved into the mountain side in the early 1920’s. It gave visitors a way to experience the park like they never had before.

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We made a quick stop for brunch in St Mary and then continued on to Many Glacier, my favorite place on the planet! On the way we enjoyed stunning views of St Mary Lake along the way. Once in Many Glacier, we hit the trails and the highlight was a beautiful cow moose grazing in a lake. I promise to post pictures of her once I find wifi.

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Ready, Set……

It’s still 2 weeks away, but the excitement is already building for my annual Montana trip.  What will I do?  Where will I go?  What should I bring?  To me, preparing for a big trip is almost as exciting as the trip itself.  There’s always so much hope and wonderment thinking of all the possibilities.

A couple weeks out I like to get a list of must do’s for the trip.  This gives me a chance to pick up any special clothing or items I may need.  This year I have a big hike planned to the ice caves near Lewistown, MT.  The trail gains 2,200 ft in the first 3 miles.  I guess this means I need to start hitting up the dreadmill on max incline!  How do you normally prepare for vacation?  Make checklists?  Go shopping?

On one of my trips to Glacier National Park, a little more planning would have been very beneficial. However, it would not have been nearly as entertaining to all around me. I didn’t realize we would be doing any hiking the first day so I decided to wear heels.  Of course my real shoes were at the bottom of my bag and everyone was talking about the family of mountain goats just up the trail.  I wasn’t going to miss those goats, so I off I went high heels and all!