You guys, first things first: I’m so glad we’re friends. When I think back on this blog, I feel incredibly fortunate that I’ve been able to take you on my Montana-loving journeys and share all the things that make Big Sky Country so special to me. I love reading your comments and receiving your emails about the latest blog posts, and I really love when you share your memories of Montana, family or life with me. So from the bottom of my windblown, silly, happy and joyful heart, I want to say one thing: thank you. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives.
Maybe it’s the holiday season or just taking the time to think about another year passing as we all gear up for the arrival of 2017, but I’ve been feeling really sentimental about this past year. 2016 held a plethora of adventures with some of my favorite people, from snowshoeing in Glacier National Park to the #PictureMontana trip with friends both new and old and taking the trip of a lifetime into the heart of Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness to my family reunion at Placid Lake State Park. When I look back on all of the life that was packed into the last 12 months, I can’t help but be happy. So, just because, I thought it’d be fun to look back at some of the best Montana moments of 2016.
Take a look…
Starting 2016 at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.
Snowshoeing in Glacier National Park.
Taking in the stillness of winter in Glacier National Park.
Several of my Montana memories involve this lady: photographer Donnie Sexton.
Stopping to take in the view along I-90 near Alberton, Montana.
Perhaps my most favorite barn shot, ever.
After work one day, I headed out west of Missoula to watch the soft evening light fall over the valley.
2016 also brought my first-ever visit to Cody, Wyoming.
Downtown Cody, Wyoming.
The first bike outing of the year on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
This last year also brought two blissful, almost picture-perfect days at Flathead Lake Lodge.
In May, I was able to welcome 17 writers (who I’m lucky enough to call my friends) to Western Montana. Definitely one of my most memorable trips ever (in the best way possible).
One of the most special experiences of 2016: watching American Indian dancers perform at Ninepipes Lodge.
Another thing I’ve learned: it’s important to capture memories.
I also crossed another destination off my bucket list: Bighorn Canyon in Southeast Montana/Northeast Wyoming.
The second bike outing on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
Home. PS: when your hometown is as small as mine, you have no problem laying on Main Street to take photos.
Holland Lake Road, with Swan Mountain views.
Just a quick visit to my favorite spot with one of my favorite girls.
This past summer, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and went on a week-long pack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
My friend Amy taking in the view of the Chinese Wall in The Bob.
For as long as I can remember, seeing the Chinese Wall in person has been one of my dreams.
Special thanks to my friend Tommy for this shot.
The crew standing on top of the world.
This morning view was one of my favorites from the entire year.
A must-do activity: visiting Glacier National Park in fall.
This little lady is one of the best adventure partners in the land.
There’s something about a dirt road and Montana.
Adventuring on Two Medicine Lake in fall.
Sunrise over the St. Mary Valley in Glacier National Park.
Fall at Travelers’ Rest State Park. My traveling friend and I were the only ones there.
A favorite fall memory: driving Chief Mountain Highway.
One thing I’ve learned this year: sometimes you just have to go.
For those of you who have been my adventure buddies this year, thanks for the memories. And for those of you who’ve kept up with my travels this year, thank you for letting me share my Montana with you.