Joyfully grateful. That’s how I felt when we purchased our property in Northwest Montana. We spent the last ten years visiting, dreaming, saving, and searching Zillow for a Montana treasure of our very own.
I wasn’t always enamored with wild places. I grew up in South Florida, spent my youth at the beach and had always dreamed about a beach property. But it took one three-day trip exploring Yosemite for me to be hooked. I’m lucky to have a man who shares my passion to saunter the day away on a remote mountain trail.
Why did we choose Northwest Montana? Well, we’ve spent weeks exploring other beautiful places around the world and they all have their charms. If you’re planning a trip to one of America’s National Parks, GO! Utah and Arizona offer beautiful desert vistas and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is awe-inspiring. The Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina are beautiful and exploring them feels like visiting an old soul. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado provided sunny days and lots of stop-to-catch-your-breath stunning views. Visit Switzerland some time in your life and be rewarded with charming villages filled with friendly English-speaking folks. Explore the charming towns of Taos and Santa Fe in New Mexico, as well as the local trails near town. Take the time to drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. On the way, stop and meditate at the San Luis Shrine. Washington state offers snow-covered mountains viewed from the most beautiful gardens in the world. Take a small boat to see the beautiful Grey whales and the calves in Baja California Sur in Mexico. Drive the Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge to Lamar Valley to get your trip started right. Be sure to spend some time exploring the Grand Teton trails.
“Hiking – I don’t like the word or thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of the word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people asked where they were going, they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.” – John Muir
During each of these trips, we fell in love with special trails or experiences. But each of these amazing places, always came up a bit short when compared to Montana. Our new place provides wild beauty and a solitude that we truly cherish. Not convinced, yet? Well, plan a trip and tag along to experience our Montana adventures.