Big Sky Country

We visit Montana about once a year to spend time w/Cory’s family. His grandmother lives there so we all fly in from various parts of the country, currently: Hawaii, Colorado & Florida.
This time was a bit different than usual for us, for a couple of reasons.
1. Living in CO now, we had to hire a pet sitter to stay with our pups while we were away, instead of just dropping them off w/family. We paid $220 for 4 nights & 5 days, which included an overnight stay each night, walks & mid-day potty breaks. So worth it, in my opinion.

2. For the first time, maybe ever, I packed a carry-on bag. + $50 in our pockets!

3. We had to pay for long-term parking at DIA. – $50, so the carry on kind of evened out. I felt very adult driving ourselves to the airport & leaving our car parked in long term. Living no more than 10 minutes away from the Wichita airport my whole life, we had always relied on family to drop us up & pick us up.

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As always, it was a peaceful getaway, with little internet connection or cell service. I was able to read Silver Linings Playbook, which I highly recommend, get 8 hours of sleep every night & spend some QT with my husband & in-laws.

Some highlights of our trip were:

Literally waking up to this, right outside our cabin window.

Reading by the fire. 

More gorgeous views. Montana in the winter is breathtaking. 
Celebrating Grandma’s 81st birthday with the whole family. 
We stayed at Rich Ranch this visit, which I would highly recommend. It’s the perfect place to retreat to for a quiet, long winter weekend, which is just what we had.

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