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.