In lieu of my usual Friday post of simple things, I thought I’d share a few pictures from our recent trip to Montana. Summer vacations are often spent in Bozeman where I was raised and family still resides. This trip was unique because we didn’t make our usual beeline, but spent a few days on the the front and back end of the trip exploring parts of Wyoming and Montana.
The first night we camped in Crazy Woman Canyon, east of Buffalo, WY. My husband found the canyon roaming Google Earth. It’s not well marked on the Wyoming road atlas, so you wouldn’t know to go there. A secret among the locals, I’m guessing. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to share, but it’s worth a visit if you’re in the area.The second night we camped on Rock Creek, right outside of Red Lodge, MT.
Just outside of Cooke City we drove up some mountain passes. We came across a bison that had wondered outside of Yellowstone Park. We also drove through the park, but opted not to linger since it was a holiday weekend and crowded.
During our visit to Bozeman we helped my mom collect and split firewood for the winter. For some this might be a chore, but my mom, husband and I made an awesome team and had lots of fun. My mom is dedicated to drying clothes outside on the line. I understand why.On Friday we hiked to the summits of Baby and Mount Ellis. Even though the trail is only ten minutes outside of town we didn’t see another person. It’s a long, steady climb with beautiful wildflowers and gorgeous views from the top. You can actually see the peaks in the photos of us splitting wood. They’re the two farthest peaks on the left side of the images.
Just when we were getting settled in, it was time to go. That’s always the case. We camped one night in Wyoming on our way home. We picked a spot in the middle of no where. We were in awe of the silence on the prairie. No cars, no running water, and at the time no wind or even bird song. Just peace.