Road Trip: Montana to Salt Lake City

“That’s why I love road trips, dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything.” –John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Turns out my wish for a road trip and my need to pursue a work opportunity happened to coincide in the best possible way. I was headed to Salt Lake City on a solo trip, and although it would be over 8 hours of driving time (including the brief stops along the way), I was really looking forward to it.

If you’ve looked at any of my other posts on travel, it’s pretty clear that I always enjoy a good road trip, and growing up in Montana where towns and cities are very far from each other, I’m no stranger to driving by myself for a full day to get to my destination.  Continue reading

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Skalkaho Pass: What your map and GPS won’t tell you

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”—Theodore Roethke

I’d been fortunate to embark on many quick weekend trips around in 2014. Now that it’s April of 2015, I’m itching to break out of this cold weather slump and embark on a few road trips. It’s easy to stick to the main highways and Interstates when your destinations are city-to-city in Montana, but last year I found myself visiting a number of small towns and rural areas that are further ‘off the beaten track’. Continue reading

Thanks Day #6, #7, #8… and Beyond

“‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you. Go out there with your double-first, your passion and your new Smith Corona electric typewriter and work hard at … something. Change lives through art maybe. Write beautifully. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved if at all possible.” ― David Nicholls

Alright, before anyone takes a look at this and says “Hey! You skipped the last 3 Thanks Days, and it’s already December! We’ve moved way past Thanksgiving already…” then I’m going to beat you to the punch and say… Continue reading

Thanks Day #1

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” –Melody Beattie

It’s exactly one week before America celebrates Thanksgiving Day. It’s more than a big family gathering, a giant feast of delicious home cooking, or the following day’s Black Friday shopping adventure. It’s a time for honest reflection on the many blessings we have… and when you really stop to think about it, we all have a lot of them!

Thinking beyond the material, I’d like to share some of the most prominent experiences and relationships that I am blessed to call my own, and I want to recognize each of these one day at a time. Continue reading

Montana in All Its Majesty

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not that I need yet another reason to fall in love with my home state… but this certainly is the perfect way to show you what I’ve been talking about. Not only is there plenty to do around here, but now you can see for yourself  how my answers to the top questions about Montana actually play out. Continue reading

Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Montana (And Their Answers)

“If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?” —Scott Adams

Since leaving my home state and living in the Midwest during my undergraduate studies, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Montana. I have since moved back (and although I originally posed some of these questions in a previous post), new questions keep coming. I felt it would be fun to add some of these new ones and expand on a few of the previous answers.

So for your entertainment (or maybe as much for mine), I have a top 10 list of questions I’ve genuinely been asked about Montana. A little goofy, a little interesting, and a whole lot of strange… Continue reading