I'm back! My husband had his vacation early this year. We saved our pennies and worked very hard (especially my husband...working extra hours to save up) and went away to Montana for just shy of two weeks. It is a state we had always wanted to go to. Of course, driving out there and back took four days total--it was long but worth every mile. We went to upper Wyoming first going to Cody and splurging on a rodeo (the kids loved it!) and driving through Yellowstone National Park where we saw Old Faithful, the Beehive, and of course many sulfer-smelling, steaming pools.
We drove through the Bighorn National Forest. Wonderful!
Yes, it was a little chilly, but the mountains were gorgeous and the wildflowers were a delight.
We then went on up to Montana where we gold panned (didn't find anything) and searched for sapphires (did find many...but I'm saving that for another post!). We stayed in camping cabins (thankfully there were heaters in most--froze one night in a cabin that didn't have a heater!) and had many picnics. I was able to do a little bit of shopping (a different post on one of those places). My husband enjoyed a little fishing on Father's Day after church...because it was Father's Day it was a no-license day!
We went up the northwest side of the state and spent time at Glacier National Park before coming home. We saw plenty of exciting wildlife.
Due to rain and the snowmelt, the rivers, falls, and streams were swollen and rushing...but beautiful.
The "Going-to-the-Sun" road (the one that goes over the mountains in the park) was opened the second day we were there.
It was quite a ride, to say the least, but we enjoyed it!