Well we did it. My wife and I drove slightly over 1,500 miles with a 3 year old to visit our good friends in Southwest Montana. I was admittedly nervous as this was by far the biggest tip for our son. About two hours was the previous high mark. He totally exceeded my expectations however. I envisioned hundreds of “are we there yets” and excessive rest stop visits. He really couldn’t have been much better and that made for an excellent road trip. We did try to break up the road time by visiting a playground and stopped to get ice cream along the way. It is extremely hot here so that might have taken the starch out of him.
My wife and I hadn’t been to this part of the country before so we jumped at our standing invitation. We took lots of pics so I’ll share some here. Montana is one of the geological meccas in the US so of course my buddy made sure we tried our hand at gold panning and crystal digging. The gold panning was tricky because of all the fools gold which looks pretty close to the real deal. He did find one small minute flake that we think is the real deal. The crystal digging was fun but the mosquitoes drove us out a lot sooner than we had planned. We found a couple of decent sized keepers.
One thing that surprised me was how my body reacted to the altitude. I’m not out of shape by any means but after hiking around in the mountains, I felt like I was a 60 year old who smokes two packs a day. Also it seemed as though I would get pretty tired in the afternoons. I think this was due to a combination of the altitude and abnormal sleeping conditions. Our friends said it took them awhile to adjust to the altitude as well when they moved there. There is a reason why some athletes choose to train at high elevation!
We definitely ate well on this trip. My favorite stop was to a little hole in the wall cafe in Wisdom, MT. I had one of the best burgers that I’ve had in awhile. Also my buddy just purchased a new Traeger grill. We smoked some ribs and also did steaks and burgers. Everything turned out excellent.
So even though we had around 25 total hours of driving, it was an awesome trip. It was also nice having our new vehicle for the excursion. I even tested out the handling ability near Bozeman as the curves were a little tight for the advertised speed limit. My wife wasn’t really a fan of my antics however. I will leave with one more photo of the trip. If you are looking for a scenic trip, you could do a lot worse than the mountains of Montana!