15 September 2010

first stop: montana


our first stop on our family trip was bozeman, montana. i'd never been there before but soon fell in love with the charming downtown, adorable gift shops, the fun college town vibe, and the beautiful scenery. it seems to have a perfect mix of wide open farmland and upbeat city life. i wonder if living in bozeman is as wonderful as i dream it would be.


oh how i miss browsing bookstores like this. they always have the best card & stationery selections too. these were my instant favorite shops along main street: the country bookshelf, hey day gift shop, and the chocolate moose.


a canoe & the muscle tee. we had string cheese and sandwiches by this gorgeous lake in big sky resort. dan hopes to ski there this winter.


this is at our first camping spot near bozeman. we snapped silly close-ups while waiting for tinfoil dinners to cook. they tasted amazing, as everything does in the wilderness. that night (and every other night) we enjoyed roasting giant marshmallows. no chocolate or grahams needed. you must hunt down the campfire brand giant roaster marshmallows in your local grocery store. i cannot say enough good things about them. they are genuinely gooey, messy and delicious. however, i wish they sold them in a smaller bag, as we have tons left over.



the next morning we had oatmeal for breakfast and hiked to the falls. benji loves the great outdoors. he collected rocks and pointed out all the creeping bugs. i was worried about him sleeping in a tent, but something about the fresh mountain air is magic. he slept soundly all three nights!


after our hike, we went back into bozeman to get some lunch and browse main street one last time. everyone was walking to the stadium wearing gold tee shirts. seriously. everyone. apparently it was montana state's first football game of the season, goldrush. these bubbling students (who could hardly believe we hadn't heard of goldrush) directed us toward the so-called best burger in town, Burger Bob's. they were right. our burgers did not disappoint. our new young friends also predicted the huge win. luckily Burger Bob's had the game on tv.

next stop: setting up camp in yellowstone national park.

17 comments:

Brian and Kendra said...

I LOVE the giant roaster mashmellows too! They are the BEST!

MsAmanda said...

Bozeman is my heaven. We were there just a few weeks before you, glad you enjoyed it. Its a special, special place. Did you camp @ Hyalite?

donya said...

If you loved Bozeman, you'd love Northfield, MN too. It's got the same vibe going on. Come visit! :)

Miranda said...

I'm convinced living in Bozeman would be as great as you imagined. I think the same about Missoula.

I served those giant marshmallows as the roommate reunion and they were seriously my favorite part.

Yay pictures! Keep them coming dear!

Everton Terrace said...

My husband's best friend and his wife are from Bozeman. We all love it there. I don't think it would disappoint at all.

Eliza Jane said...

What a beautiful road trip! I'm so jealous!

--r said...

looks like a fabulous trip!
was wondering what kind of backpack you guys tote benji in on your hikes. i need to get me one of those…

Amanda said...

It's fun reading your blog because I am originally from Boise... and I moved to Bozeman just over 6 years ago for school. I had always thought when I graduated I would move away to a big city... maybe Portland or Seattle... but as graduation grew near (back in May), I made the decision to stay. It has been one of the best decisions I've made. I love it here!! There's always something to do when you want to do something and it's calm, quiet and peaceful when you want it to be.

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! : )

amy said...

your life is so beautiful marta. and i don't think it's because you have an unordinary dose of blessings. i think it's because you make it beautiful. i don't know why i've never thought of that before. you're just such a positive force in my world.

Kim said...

I'm pretty sure that everyone could use a good autumn hiking trip.

polly said...

we' ve just been through Yellowstone, gorgeous views. you'll love it!

Hil said...

Too much fun! Mmm... tin foil dinners and hugs campfire marshmallows?! I hope you ate extras for me. :)

the Hawks said...

Your family trips are amazing!!! Great standard to set. We're going to take our little tike on something like this someday. You can't beat camping.

feather said...

i went to high school right outside of bozo...in livingston. bozeman is so trendy and cool. not too big, which adds to it's charm. we, too, spent lots of time there this summer.
and those giant marshmallows? too die for, right? you can roast them, peel the crusty yummy layer off, re-roast, peel, re-roast, etc.etc.etc. until you finally get to the bottom. and guess what else? they fit perfectly between a square of graham and chocolate. or reces' peanut butter cups!

Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...

I was born in Bozeman, and grew up near there. People really do love it as much as you were wondering.

Christine said...

oh my goodness, that picture of benji in the muscle tee is perfect! looks like you three had a wonderful camping trip.

Sarah Beth said...

I found your blog through Summer Harms, who I found through a friend from high school. I was intrigued when I saw you camped in Yellowstone, and even made a stop in Bozeman. I live there right now! And I actually know two of the kids in your Gold Rush picture. It really amazes me how small this world is. And let your husband know if he wants to ski around Bozeman, he needs to check out Bridger Bowl too. :)

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