Category Archive for "Montana"

Montana. It’s not just Paradise… it’s Bear-adise

Prior to our return to Montana, our neighbor had been sending texts and emails recounting various bear sightings on our property. Apparently, the apple tree in our yard is quite the scene for the black bears in the ‘hood. Sean has also been reading articles in the local paper for months about all the bears in Whitefish this season. A quote from the Whitefish Pilot read, “Bear expert Erik Wenum says at least one bear is roaming the streets of Whitefish at any given moment.” So, as soon as we pulled in the driveway yesterday, I headed over to our…

Plaid: The Official Uniform of Outdoor-minded Folk

My first memory of my wife (Mollie) before we started dating was the outfit she wore on our first official meet up. We met at a funeral of a young boy named Jesse (full story here); I had flown out to Wisconsin mid-winter to give his eulogy. A day after the funeral, I had a run in with Mollie while I was still in Wisconsin. She was wearing a red plaid shirt that instantly caught my attention. (She tells me now that the pattern is called “gingham.”) I took keen interest to this shirt and of course to Mollie. A…

Fun with visitors in Whitefish

Before we headed east this week, Sean and I welcomed our friend Russ and his father, Bob, who came to visit Whitefish. We were pretty excited to show them around… the last time we were in Whitefish with Russ was on the Travel Queen adventure last summer, on the same day we realized that something was seriously seriously wrong with our motorhome. I’ll never forget that day. On just our fifth day together, spirits were still high and we truly felt that we would make it to Alaska, no problem. On this particular day, we were on our way to do…

Fueling Up with Waste Vegetable Oil

For 28 days, I’ve accepted the challenge to write every day. Find more on my motives here. See how far I’ve come here. I’ve been writing every day, but apparently the action of “blog posting” takes a bit more time than I have to spare! Thanks for bearing with me. Well, we finally made it to Waupaca! After about 24 hours drive time across 1450 miles in our trusty VW Golf TDI, we used about 35 gallons of waste vegetable oil and 3/4 of a tank of diesel fuel (which we only used because we ran out of veggie oil on the last leg…

Concerning the world is flat theory

July 23, 2013

Currently en route to Wisconsin via Hwy 2/Hwy 94… Otherwise known as the flattest way to traverse the country. We left home by skirting Glacier National Park and enjoyed gorgeous mountainous scenery for a solid 85 miles. And then, all of a sudden, you see this: And then you realize you have 23 more hours and 1300 miles of driving left and have to literally keep yourself from punching yourself in the face. The good news is that we only have 7 hours left! #brightside #greasecar #freefuel #bloggingwithhashtags … Definitely ready for a Wisconsin weekend on the lakes with family!

Epic Time Crunch

For 28 days, I’ve accepted the challenge to write every day. Find more on my motives here. See how far I’ve come here. Today’s topic that I chose from Jenni’s list at Story of My Life: What scares you most? To be perfectly honest, I’m afraid of not having enough time. Spreading myself thin is something I’m good at. It stems from my inability to say “no.” I have an innate desire to get involved in everything. I read a magazine, and I think OH OH! I could totally write for this publishing group. They need me. Um, yeah. Except that you have…

Exploring Montana’s Vintage Whites Market

Becoming a homeowner was a funny thing. I thought I became one after we got married, when I essentially “inherited” the house Sean had purchased before we met. I loved that little house we had in Utah… But, actually going through the process of selecting the house you want to buy together is entirely different. I own a home—literally—because my name is on the deed. My first! (Er, OUR first.) Sure, it has its quirks… like the french doors in our bedroom. They’re ideal for allowing light in and they lead to our prized balcony with a view of Glacier…

Lets Make Moves

For 28 days, I’ve accepted the challenge to write every day. Find more on my motives here. See how far I’ve come here. If there’s one thing I know a lot about, it’s getting my way. When I want something, I have an uncanny way of getting it. No, seriously—I’m not sure you understand. It’s to a point where I focus on that one thing with all my energy. It occupies every thought I have… I’m constantly scheming about how I can get said “thing” and I won’t let up until I get it. It’s as if there is divine intervention…

The Old Home Remodel: Part 1 (of many)

Well, we did it. We finally moved into our new (but very old, from the 1920s) Montana home! It was a long process, but we’re HERE. The past month has been a whirlwind of travel, packing, unpacking, re-packing, painting, appliance shopping, more painting, etc. Thus, the lack of updates—thanks for sticking with us via  Instagram! Plus, it has been raining for what seems like a week straight, so we’ve been even more inclined to stay indoors and work on projects. Even Daisy is feeling the urge in this rainy weather to act out… and eat an entire stack of (ahem,…

Speaking “Universe” — Inspiration for daily life

A friend recently commented that she wished the “Universe” spoke to her more. I’m always spouting off The Universe-this, and The Universe-that… so I wrote, “The Universe is always speaking to you… you just have to listen!” And while I understand some people, like this friend, need a “brick to the head” version (her words!), I thought today would be a great day to explain how I “tune in.” For my analytics out there, straight up: There’s no way to prove something is a “sign” or a “message” from the Universe, or God, or whatever you prefer to deem a…

A Pink Tub, Checkered Tile, and Epic Montana Views

Upon arrival in Whitefish (and for months beforehand) Sean and I had been looking at properties to purchase. In the meantime, we’re renting a home about 4 miles out of town, and we really like the place. It’s got a walk in closet in our bedroom, which is enough to keep me happy, even without a marriage-saving dishwasher in the kitchen.

“Friend Dating”

March 18, 2013

Although our decision to move to Montana was an easy one, I’ll admit that I have questioned the decision once… maybe twice. I mean, lets be honest: Sean and I are starting fresh—hardly anyone even knows our names here… our realtor, our landlord, possibly the mail man (but I’m not exactly sure he saw me waving from the front window—does that count?). I’m going to establish new friendships with the local post office woman, the local coffee shop barristas, and obviously the bartenders at The Great Northern. We have to constantly be making friends and acquaintances wherever we go here. So recently, I studied…

The Next Chapter

March 8, 2013

It’s a surreal moment when your life reaches a point that you’ve been wishing and wishing for… something you’ve wanted for what seems like forever. Ever since Sean and I first visited Montana, we could envision ourselves starting a life there. Like really starting a life (and a family) there. But there was always something blocking the way… Jobs. Health insurance. Money. Our house. Excuses happened every day. Then, last spring there was literally a turning point on our way home to Utah from Colorado. The tension in the car got so high because we were so angry at our…

If you’re waiting for it to end, then you’re wasting your time.

Think about it. “It” can be anything in your life: a yoga pose, the laundry, a college class, a relationship. Be present in the PRESENT moment and take advantage of every minute. Time is on our side, and—like money—we should spend it wisely on things that make us (and our families) more positive, happier human beings… the things that allow us to fulfill our potential… the things we want to be doing. Life is too short!  

Waking up to mini horses

September 17, 2012

I couldn’t make this up if I tried. We stayed at a campground outside Whitefish and Kalispell this weekend, and we woke up to a herd of mini horses, donkeys and llamas (yep—for real) munching on shrubbery outside our tent. We had noticed large piles of poop around the campground the night before, which we chalked up to elk or deer, but it seems the local population of mini horses makes themselves at home all over the place. Perhaps they ward off the bears with their sweet faces and stout stature… Straight out of Shrek: When (sweet, adorable) animals attack!…

A quest through the Treasure State

September 14, 2012

In case you were wondering where the heck we are, I’ll tell you: Sean and I are currently on a camping road trip through Montana. Why, you ask, would Sean and I would ever dream of living out of a car for two more weeks? Especially after being on the road, traveling the globe for the past three months, to Alaska and back in a 1977 motorhome, to Australia, New Zealand, and driving from Utah to Wisconsin…twice. I guess you could call it a quest, of sorts… a quest to find that perfect place where we want to raise a…