Montana and Wyoming Summer Vacation

Middle of No Where Wyoming | the beauty in simpleIn 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.Red Lodge, MT | the beauty in simpleThe second night we camped on Rock Creek, right outside of Red Lodge, MT.

Beartooth Highway | the beauty in simpleBeartooth Highway | the beauty in simpleIn the morning we drove over the spectacular Beartooth Highway. The above photos are views from the byway, which starts just outside of Red Lodge and ends near Cooke City, MT.

Daisy and Lu Lu Pass | the beauty in simpleBuffalo Outside of Yellowstone Park | the beauty in simpleJust 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.

Exploring the Camp Site | the beauty in simpleThat night we camped close to the Boulder River. After a long day, my little guy was happy to explore camp. Unfortunately my teenagers couldn’t join us on this trip due to work obligations.

Independence Pass Montana | the beauty in simpleThe next day we drove up Independence Pass. The photo doesn’t do it justice. The scenery is stunning.

Wedding Sign | the beauty in simpleWe arrived in Bozeman on the 4th of July, which marked our second wedding anniversary. The sign that points to our wedding sight behind my mom’s house, still stands.

Getting Fire Wood | the beauty in simpleSplitting Fire Wood | the beauty in simpleSplitting Fire Wood | the beauty in simpleDuring 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. A Montana Clothes Line | the beauty in simpleMy mom is dedicated to drying clothes outside on the line. I understand why.Trail to Ellis Peak | the beauty in simpleSummit of Ellis Peak | the beauty in simpleOn 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.

Camping in the Middle of No Where Wyoming | the beauty in simpleJust 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.


10 thoughts on “Montana and Wyoming Summer Vacation

  1. Wow! I am ready to go run and pack up my car! These images are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. It looks so peaceful. I hope your son enjoyed it!

    1. Thanks, Meghan. It’s a beautiful part of the country. My son loved it, although he missed his big brother and sister (as did I). There was so much peace on our vacation. 🙂

  2. Wow! So much open, empty space! Here in the UK where everyone is crowded, we would have to go to the northern tip of Scotland for space like that and then the weather and the midges are against us! One day I will make it to MT and WY…

    1. Montana is called “Big Sky Country.” Both states have so much wide open space, few people, gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife. I do hope you visit someday! xo

  3. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos. I have read about these places and seen a couple of documentaries but nothing has captured it like you have. Family holidays are what our now grown up kids remember and the beautiful places we lived in, visited and camped in all over Australia have become part of who they are. It is always uplifting to see children enjoying this beautiful world. Thank you.

    1. My older kids can go on for days about our family vacations, most of which have been camping trips which tend to grab their memories even more. These are special times. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  4. Beautiful pictures Julie. What a precious family you are. You have been dreaming of getting away like this and your dream came true.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the pics! We’re pretty serious about the outdoor adventure life, so the roof top tent has been awesome.

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