Welcome to MontanaEveryone keeps making the same comment when they hear about the epic road trip I am taking this summer to the Pacific Northwest with my 4 kids and my sister. “You’re so brave!” I’m not sure why this is. Lots of people take road trips and doing it with 4 kids… well, having 4 kids in the first place was the brave part (or foolish, depending on who you ask). But I live with these particular 4 kids and if I wasn’t on the road with them this month, traveling, preparing their food and keeping them entertained I would be at home with them doing  the same thing, so I’m not sure what is so brave about doing it on the road. After all, on the road they are contained in seat belts! Do you know how often I wish there were seat belts in various places in my house to make them stay where they belong?!?!? (dinner table, bed, etc) When they are not in their seatbelts, we are seeing and doing interesting things and children are always most manageable when they are engaged in something. The hardest thing so far has been the early mornings when we are staying in someone else’s house. My children have this disease called early waker-itis. It causes them to rise with the sun and become extremely boisterous and noisy before any adults have had coffee. It’s extremely dangerous to their health… anyways, I am used to it, but trying to make sure they don’t wake up other people is tough. So, if I am coming to visit you, now is your chance to recall your invitation. 😉

cousins

Saying goodbye to cousins in Denver

But so far this trip has been amazing. We are on Day 5 and just entered our 5th state (Montana). Last night was an adventure, because for the first time we didn’t have a friend or family member to visit, so we drove into Wyoming and looked for a campsite. We stopped at the KOA in Laramie and as we were setting up our tent a thundershower blew in. They let us upgrade to a cabin, which delighted the children. My four year old said she wanted to live there forever, or until after breakfast.

Cabin in Wyoming. Living the tiny house dream... ;-)

Cabin in Wyoming. Living the tiny house dream… ;-)

playing in the stream

playing in the stream

The beautiful middle of nowhere in Wyoming

The beautiful middle of nowhere in Wyoming

 

Wyoming was full of miles and miles of beautiful empty (civilization-free) spaces and so far Montana is a lot of the same. We have chosen to take a lot of roads other than interstates and it makes for some really interesting and beautiful scenery. Taking in all of this natural beauty feeds my soul… like art. I also have a theory that the more new experiences you have throughout your life the more you engage and turn on your own mind and senses and therefore the less you glide by on auto-pilate. This in turn slows down the perception of time passing, since anytime we operate on auto-pilate we miss what is going on around us. We blink and another day, week, month or year has gone by. This can be avoided by living each day intentionally and with purpose, but going places, doing new things and really “being” in each moment makes it so much easier.

Rock climbing at Fish Creek Falls

Rock climbing at Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

 

Route for Day 4 and 5. Steamboat Spring to Laramie on Day 4 and Laramie to Billings on Day 5.

Route for Day 4 and 5. Steamboat Spring to Laramie on Day 4 and Laramie to Billings on Day 5.

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