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Montana Vacation 2017

Montana Vacation 2017

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.

Montana Vacation 2017

Crystal digging, mosquito swatting.

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!

Montana Vacation 2017

Snow in the mountains but 90 degrees down below.

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.

Montana Vacation 2017

Black and Blue Burger

Montana Vacation 2017

Ribs on the Traeger

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!

Montana Vacation 2017

Reservoir near Dillon, MT


  1. It’s good to hear that your kid handled the trip well. I don’t even want to imagine hauling my 1.5 year old on a trip like that. It’ll be a nightmare for sure. Not with “are we there yet’s”; but more like screams, yells, and other random noises that he makes. And wow, the food looks amazing. Especially the ribs. Haven’t had ribs in a while.

    • Mr Defined Sight

      July 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

      I was really surprised at how well it went. I thought maybe we’d have to stop every hour or at every decent sized town to buy him a toy or something. Now the bar will probably be set too high for the next trip haha. Glad you enjoyed the food pics. I’m already getting hungry thinking about that stuff! Time to do some steaks tonight I think. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wow it looks like you had quite the memorable trip!!! Congrats on having such a wonderful vacation and those ribs look delicious. My mouth is watering so I know what I’m probably going to be in the mood for later on today.
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    • Mr Defined Sight

      July 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

      It sure was a great trip. Hope you got into some ribs! One of life’s great treasures haha.

  3. These are the types of summer trips I love – mountains and not the beach. Wife loves the beach so much though…

    So glad you got away, now imagine being FIRE and doing whatever you want every day.

    Have you ever been up to Alaska in the summer? One of the best things in the world to me.

    • Mr Defined Sight

      July 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      My wife prefers the beach as well and I’m good with either really. Just seeing new scenery is a lot of fun. I’ve been to Alaska, but I was 4 years old so I’m not sure that counts 🙂 Beautiful country and wildlife for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Beautiful pictures.

    I have visited Montana a few times when I lived in Idaho long time ago. It’s a beautiful and vast state. Love the Glacier National Park. Will have to visit back again. Love the speed limits on the highways.

    Recently, came back from a Utah trip, visited Zion and Bryce National Parks. You have inspired me to do a blog post on my Utah vacation.

    All the best,
    Mr. ATM
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    • Mr Defined Sight

      August 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      I’ve heard really good things about Idaho. Our friends from Montana rave about the state. We didn’t make it up to Glacier this time. At some point we will get there. You are right about the speed limits, a person can really cover some ground! Thanks for stopping by!

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