Soaking up the Last Days of a Montana Summer

Summer is almost over. You know it, I know it — we all know it. And while it makes me a little bit sad, I’m trying to put on my big girl pants and relish in the last days of the Montana summer.

To make good on that goal, my best friend came out to Montana from Chicago for the long weekend. Call it lucky, blessed or fortunate, I grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front a literal stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite places in the world. So on Labor Day, we loaded up the troops (also known as my family) and headed into the heart of the mountains to one of our favorite places—Gibson Dam.

Along the way, we chatted, teased and just soaked in the surrounding scenery as it turned from rolling foothills to massive mountains of rock that lay before us.

The Rocky Mountain Front, where the rolling foothills meet the mountains.

The Rocky Mountain Front, where the rolling foothills meet the mountains.

The view from near Gibson Dam.

The view from near Gibson Dam.

My happy place.

Mountains and pine trees: my happy place.

Two BFFs taking in the view from Gibson Dam overlook.

Two BFFs taking in the view from Gibson Dam overlook.

A short (and seriously easy) hike takes you to this view.

A short (and seriously easy) hike takes you to this view.

No matter how many times I've seen it, I'm always amazed at the power of the water coming out of the dam.

No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I’m always amazed at the power of the water coming out of the dam.

The rock solid dam holds 99,000 acre feet of water. Side note: one acre foot of water is 325,851 gallons.

The rock solid dam holds 99,000 acre feet of water. Side note: one acre foot of water is 325,851 gallons.

This paved road greets visitors after they drive 18 miles on a gravel road.

This paved road greets visitors after they drive 18 miles on a gravel road.

Late afternoon shadows on Sawtooth Mountain.

Late afternoon shadows on Sawtooth Mountain.

It was a good day. And it’s been an excellent summer.

xo,
TT

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