Guess what. It’s summer. I’m in Montana. And it’s Friday afternoon.
To celebrate all three of these things, I’m getting out of town. And I’m going to get my Montana groove on. “How?” you may ask.
Easy. By hiking here.
Glacier National Park
Acting like I’m 7 1/2 here. (I plan on being the person behind all the water).
Big Sky Waterslides!
And getting in some bonding time with this girl.
We're excited to play in Western Montana
Summer, I totally heart you.
I’m a lucky girl. Seriously.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been perusing the countryside of Western Montana. I’ve put on a lot of miles and enjoyed every minute of it. Mainly because Montana is filled with some of the most incredible beauty that a person could ever by blessed enough to see. And judging by the place I live and the things I get to see, I’m pretty blessed.
The Daly Mansion in Hamilton
National Bison Range
Baby brother on a red bus tour
Sun Point in Glacier National Park
It’s summer in Montana and that means it’s time to hit the open road and play, play, play. My last adventure had me visiting the Blackfeet Nation for North American Indian Days.
This year, NAID attracted more than 500 dancers and had members from 50 different tribes throughout the United States and Canada in attendance. During the festivities, we attended the dancing, stick games and rodeo. (And trust me, this Montana girl loves a good rodeo).
The parade at North American Indian Days in Browning
North American Indian Days in Browning
We also spent time in East Glacier and were able to head out and “help” (ok, we watched) the cowboys round up bucking horses for Sunday’s main rodeo event in Browning. And boy did we enjoy watching the roundup!
The part that sticks out is my mind the most is the sound of the herd–we could hear them before we could see them–as they stampeded toward us with five cowboys on horseback wooping and hollering bringing them in.
And the icing on the cake?
This cowboy gave me his rope. We may be in love.
There’s been some pretty happening stuff in Missoula the last few days. Not only was it Downtown Tonight last night, but since Wednesday Missoula has been hosting the US Freestyle Kayaking National Championships at Brennan’s Wave. Around 200 competitors have been in the Garden City this week trying their hand, and performing tricks, to earn a spot representing the US at the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships in Germany.
And we couldn’t be more tickled. It was such a treat to have something like this in Western Montana. To all the guys and gals that participated, we hope you come back and paddle our waters again soon. And keep bringing those tricks!
A few photos for your viewing pleasure.
Some random tidbits:
-A new wave, The Max, is being built on the Clark Fork River. Which means Missoula will have TWO play areas for kayakers in the heart of downtown.
-Summer is here. Ah, yea.
-If you’re looking for a water based adventure/activity, consider 10,000 Waves Rafting & Kayaking. I did a kayaking trip with their guides a few weeks back. In three words: It was awesome.
Until next week, happy travels!