Tomorrow is May. Hard to believe isn’t it? I know I’ve mentioned this a tad, but I’m REAL excited for summer.
Reason #1: The WHOLE family is going on a summer vacation this year. This alone is reason to celebrate. I was visiting with the babies (20 & 22 respectively) about family vacations and recalling how long it’s been since we’ve done one. Well, it looks like this is the year. And we’re vacationing here at home with plenty of time spent on Flathead Lake, Whitefish Lake and Glacier National Park.
Reason #2: It’s the 100th birthday of Glacier National Park! And to celebrate, numerous events and activities are scheduled for in and around the park, including the official rededication on May 11, the Huckleberry Festival (I heart huckleberries) and the Centennial Hootenanny (which by its name, sounds like something I’d be into).
Lake McDonald. If you can't find me this summer, you may want to look here.
Reason #3: Farmers Markets. Plain and simple, I love these. It doesn’t matter where, when or how. If there’s a local market, count me in.
Market in Missoula
Reason #4: These two jokers are coming to play with us! They live far away and we don’t see them enough, so we’re excited for their visit.
Big sis and bro-in-law
For now, I’ll keep counting down the days. And maybe go paddle a canoe in this late spring snowstorm. Oh wait, I did that yesterday!
The weather has been just warm enough that I find my mind wandering to summer. Which is fine and dandy, except that it’s been wandering there A LOT.
Hands down, my favorite thing about Montana is the summer. It brings visits from family and friends, farmers markets, rafting the rivers, sun-kissed tan lines and late-night visits to the local ice cream shop.
A few things I’m excited for this year: the two new zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort (300′ and fast!), celebrating Glacier’s Centennial, rodeos, camping, summer concerts and spending time at the lake.
But until it comes, I’ll continue my countdown to summer by remembering memories made in summers past.
Hiking to the falls with the girls.
Rodeos - one of my Montana favorites.
The Backbone of the World
Mini-golf action in Columbia Falls.
Family bonding. We love Pepsi.
PS: Dear summer, please come soon! Love TT
Time for honesty. I snuck out of here yesterday. But for good reason! We’ve had some cold days during the past couple of weeks here in God’s country and this little girl was to the point of being over this cold weather.
Luckily for me, yesterday turned into an absolutely beautiful, sun-kissed day. And I took advantage of it. I army-crawled out of here, jumped in the truck and headed south to the Bitterroot Valley for a few hours of playing. While there, I perused around the community of Stevensville. For those of you that haven’t been, I’d definitely recommend putting Stevi (as the locals call it) on your list…
Stevi has the cutest downtown. And nice puppies.
Photo by my friend Donnie Sexton/MTOT
It’s home to the St. Mary Mission–the birthplace of Montana.
St. Mary Mission
And if you time it right, you might see these gals dressed in period attire. Secretly, I want one of their gowns.
Stevi also has the cutest little restaurant called the Internet Coffee Station. The place has delicous wraps, salads and sandwiches, but more importantly it is home to tasty sweet treats.
I may or may not have eaten that missing piece of chocolate cake.
Plus, Stevi is home to these little cuties. It doesn’t get much better than that.
“Montana is beyond home for me. Its mountains are rooted in my bones. Its rivers course through my veins. The depths of its lakes mirror the depths of my emotions. The wind chases my dreams across its plains, and its vaulted skies draw my thoughts to the starry expanse. If I put any name to it, Montana is my soul.” Jesse Allen
Couldn’t say it any better myself, J.
January sunset over Glacier National Park
A genuine Montana Cowboy, Chase Krone
Rocky Mountain Front
Baby brothers in The Bob