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  • Travel before Quarantine: Big Sky, Montana

    Hello Friends! 

    I apologize for my silence on the blog lately! BUT I have a fun post for you today! 

    Before the quarantining and arising cases of COVID-19, my family and I were able to travel to Big Sky, Montana on a family vacation for skiing and snowboarding. It was our first time there, and though the spread of this disease was beginning to cause systemic effects to our country, we tried to enjoy ourselves in a smart way. 

    The great outdoors might have been the best place to be. And our biggest fear was the shutdown of domestic flights and we would have had to drive from Montana to Nashville! What a road trip that would’ve been! Haha

    Thankfully, we didn’t have to experience a 25 hour car ride home. 

    What a trip! There are no words for how beautiful the mountains are, and who better to experience the beauty with than my family and cousins!

    My whole family was able to go as well as our cousins from Pittsburg. They go on a ski trip every year. They are like pro skiers! They were actually the ones that found this place in Big Sky, so we joined in with them and a few family friends came! It was such a fun crew. 

    Unfortunately, our skiing and snowboarding days were cut short because of most places shutting down because of COVID-19. 

    Even though the skiing and snowboarding was cut short, we still made those days off fun. We got in great bonding time, and we got to see Yellowstone National park and snow mobiling through a guided tour in the mountains! 

    Yellowstone National Park was a lot more fun than I originally gave it credit for. We just drove around the park, but the beauty and the animals! I mean there was so much nature, and the bison/buffalo would just walk on the roads right beside you unfazed by your car. 

    I wanted to jump out of the car and pet them. They were beautiful creatures. 

    We also saw goats, coyotes or wolves (we didn’t know which), bald eagles, elk, deer, a moose, and a big horn sheep from afar! 

    The snow mobiling was also incredible! We travelled up the mountain to different open areas, and in the open areas, the views were great for pictures and it was a free for all on your snow mobile. My aunt and I rode a double which also made for great memories as there were some bumps on the path!

    Overall even with the chaos arising in the world, it was a great trip that awoke in me such a love for nature, creation, and the world we get to live in. Let us never forget to be appreciative of what we do have and the joys we get to experience!

    Here are the many photos from the trip! Enjoy!

    I am the happiest with my Buckies—Starbucks— in the airport!

    Fun fact: I LOVE airports!

           

    I had the window seat flying into Bozeman, and I have never seen mountains so big!

    Driving from the airport in Bozeman into Big Sky was like entering a real life Narnia! The snow with the greenery and the streams— what a wonderful world!

    Not a bad view outside your window, right?

    The slopes were right next to our place, and there was a hot tub on our porch. This place spoiled us.

    On the slopes:

       

    I used to ski, but I learned how to snowboard 2 years ago. Living in Nashville, I have only snowboarded a handful of times, but being on slopes like these, I get plenty of practice and opportunity to perfect my form. Just wait— Shawn White in the making 😉

    Happy Katie Girl!

         

    Days in Yellowstone:

    Two of my brothers and my sister in law had to leave a little before the rest of us, so the last couple of days, it was just my youngest brother, mom, dad, and me from our family.

    Our cousins are on the left in the picture below. It was so great getting to go with them because we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like! Trips like these are so special to do with them.

    My cousin Rachie and her friend, Brittany:

    My favorite picture from Yellowstone National Park taken by my cousin, David:

     

        

       

    SNOW MOBILING:

    Thank you Big Sky for a GREAT TRIP!

    I hope everyone is staying safe and well!

    Love always!

    Katie Girl

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