Montana

John Steinbeck said, “I am in love with Montana. For other states, I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”

 

We couldn’t agree more. Montana is home and travel for us. We love nesting in our chosen town at the Original Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. And we love traversing the state–climbing mountains, floating rivers, wandering through small towns and large ones (by Montana standards), and getting to know the people that, combined with an astounding landscape, make this state great.

 

Montana is bigger than many of the countries we visit, so there is a lot to see here.

A Stone's Throw Bed and Breakfast in Livingston Montana

Things To Do in Livingston, Montana

Livingston is known for its winter winds. Cold air rushes up the Paradise Valley from Yellowstone National Park, tosses trash cans around, catches plastic bags in trees and knocks over small children. But there is much more than wind in the original Gateway to Yellowstone. From museums, to trails, to dining and kite flying, Livingston …

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{Gallatin Canyon} Swan Creek Ski

It was like the old days. Before kids, before Henry, when Mariann and I would spend a couple days every week cross-country skiing on trails around southwest Montana. We were “researching” a ski guide. She made the maps, I wrote the words. We’d comb through maps and word-of-mouth reports to find trails we thought might …

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Fall Camping for Non-Hunters

Aspens are turning gold and umber, nights are longer, and days feel crisper. Summer is over—but don’t put away your tent and sleeping bag just yet. The warm days and cool nights of autumn are just right for a camping trip. When you’re planning your fall outing, you have to think about who else is …

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Cross country skiing at Elkhorn Hot Springs in Montana

Elkhorn Hot Springs

Henry is cranking out these hot springs videos! And they are awesome. If you started singing “Everything is Awesome,” then you and I are connected at a cellular level. We spent a few days at Elkhorn over New Years. There was skiing, sledding, soaking, eating, and laying around. I wrote about it for this cool new …

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