Montana is a huge state. It is the fourth largest state in the union. It has 147,040 square miles filled with mountains, forests, rivers, plains and badlands. We can drive to the Yellowstone River (the longest river in the United States) in 10 minutes. We can be in the mountains in 45 minutes. Yellowstone Park is just over 2 hours away. We are hugely blessed to be able to call this state our home.
Last year we decided to let go of our dream of homesteading to make room for other ways to build relationships with our family. As more of our children are becoming teenagers we are recognizing just how short our time with them at home really is. Without cows to worry about or a garden to tend this year we decided to explore our state.
We started doing some short hikes and day trips last year but we are building on it this year. For this to work, I had to let go of expecting everyone to be there every time. And I had to think smaller. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. We can take who is available and just for a little while and it will still be worth while. We are excited about the adventures we have already had and looking forward to the ones still to come.
Over this summer I intend to chronicle our adventures both big and small as we explore this beautiful state we call home. I will share the places we visit and tips we learn along the way. Traveling with kids from 3 to 19 lends itself to lots of opportunities to learn and grow and have lots of adventures along the way whether they were what we planned or not!
Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
shout, O depths of the earth;
break forth into singing, O mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!
Here are links to the posts in this series: