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Making a Move: Montana to Wyoming

I’m not quite sure how to tell you this, so I’m just gonna come right out with it: I’m leaving Montana.

Goodbye, Montana.

Goodbye, Montana.

For those of you who’ve been reading this blog or following me on social media, you know how much I love Montana. My love for this state is as expansive as Montana’s big sky and as deep as my family’s roots in this place we’ve been lucky enough to call home for generations. But I’m packing my rig (AKA my 4WD Jeep), pulling on my cowgirl boots and heading south for the beautiful, wild, romantic and adventure-filled state of Wyoming.

Hello, Wyoming.

Hello, Wyoming. Photo: Andy Austin

While it hurts my heart to leave Montana, I’m thrilled, happy and excited to explore the Forever West, and I can’t wait to help tell the incredible stories about the people, places and experiences that make Wyoming so special. And if there’s one state I could possibly leave my love Montana for, it’s Wyoming. Also, in case anyone is keeping score, Montana and Wyoming are BFFs (read more about why MT + WY are BFFs here). After all, they share three of the most special place in the country: Yellowstone National Park, the Beartooth Highway and Bighorn Canyon.

MT + WY = BFFs.

MT + WY = BFFs.

And while I’m leaving Big Sky Country, I’d love it if we could still be friends…maybe even BFFs like Montana and Wyoming? If you’re interested in keeping up with my new adventures in another absolutely stunning part of the world, you can follow me on instagram at @MontanaTia (PS: I totally know I’m going to have to revisit my instagram handle ;)), where I’ll be sharing photos, stories and more from life in Wyoming.

And while I said it in last week’s blog post (you can read that here), I need to say it again: thank you for letting me be part of your lives. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and feel honored to have spend so many years sharing my adventures with you as I’ve been living, working and playing under Montana’s big blue sky.

Until we meet again—this time under Wyoming’s wild skies—happy trails to you.

xo,
TT

Happy Trails to 2016, From This Montana Girl

You guys, first things first: I’m so glad we’re friends. When I think back on this blog, I feel incredibly fortunate that I’ve been able to take you on my Montana-loving journeys and share all the things that make Big Sky Country so special to me. I love reading your comments and receiving your emails about the latest blog posts, and I really love when you share your memories of Montana, family or life with me. So from the bottom of my windblown, silly, happy and joyful heart, I want to say one thing: thank you. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives.

My Montana.

My Montana.

Maybe it’s the holiday season or just taking the time to think about another year passing as we all gear up for the arrival of 2017, but I’ve been feeling really sentimental about this past year. 2016 held a plethora of adventures with some of my favorite people, from snowshoeing in Glacier National Park to the #PictureMontana trip with friends both new and old and taking the trip of a lifetime into the heart of Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness to my family reunion at Placid Lake State Park. When I look back on all of the life that was packed into the last 12 months, I can’t help but be happy. So, just because, I thought it’d be fun to look back at some of the best Montana moments of 2016.

Take a look…

Starting 2016 at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

Starting 2016 at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

Ranger led snowshoeing in Glacier National Park, Glacier Country

Snowshoeing in Glacier National Park.

Taking in the stillness of winter in Glacier National Park.

Taking in the stillness of winter in Glacier National Park.

Several of my Montana memories involve this lady: photographer Donnie Sexton.

Several of my Montana memories involve this lady: photographer Donnie Sexton.

Stopping to take in the view along I-90 near Alberton, Montana.

Stopping to take in the view along I-90 near Alberton, Montana.

Perhaps my most favorite barn shot, ever.

Perhaps my most favorite barn shot, ever.

After work, I headed out west of Missoula to watch the soft evening light fall over the valley.

After work one day, I headed out west of Missoula to watch the soft evening light fall over the valley.

2016 also brought my first-ever visit to Cody, Wyoming.

2016 also brought my first-ever visit to Cody, Wyoming.

My traveling partner and I fell in love with downtown Cody, Wyoming.

Downtown Cody, Wyoming.

The first bike outing of the year on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The first bike outing of the year on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

This last year also brought two blissful, almost picture-perfect days at Flathead Lake Lodge.

This last year also brought two blissful, almost picture-perfect days at Flathead Lake Lodge.

In May, I was able to welcome 17 writers to Western Montana. Definitely one of my most memorable trips ever (in the best way possible).

In May, I was able to welcome 17 writers (who I’m lucky enough to call my friends) to Western Montana. Definitely one of my most memorable trips ever (in the best way possible).

One of the most special experiences of 2016: watching American Indian dancers perform at Ninepipes Lodge.

One of the most special experiences of 2016: watching American Indian dancers perform at Ninepipes Lodge.

Another thing I've learned: it's important to capture memories.

Another thing I’ve learned: it’s important to capture memories.

I also crossed another destination off my bucket list: Bighorn Canyon in Southeast Montana/Northeast Wyoming.

I also crossed another destination off my bucket list: Bighorn Canyon in Southeast Montana/Northeast Wyoming.

The second bike outing on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

The second bike outing on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Home. PS: when your hometown is as small as mine, you have no problem laying on Main Street to take photos.

Home. PS: when your hometown is as small as mine, you have no problem laying on Main Street to take photos.

Holland Lake Road, with Swan Mountain views.

Holland Lake Road, with Swan Mountain views.

Just a quick visit to my favorite spot with one of my favorite girls.

Just a quick visit to my favorite spot with one of my favorite girls.

This past summer, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and went on a week-long pack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

This past summer, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and went on a week-long pack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

My friend Amy taking in the view of the Chinese Wall in The Bob.

My friend Amy taking in the view of the Chinese Wall in The Bob.

For as long as I can remember, seeing the Chinese Wall in person has been one of my dreams.

For as long as I can remember, seeing the Chinese Wall in person has been one of my dreams.

Special thanks to my friend Tommy for this shot.

Special thanks to my friend Tommy for this shot.

The crew standing on top of the world.

The crew standing on top of the world.

This morning view was one of my favorites from the entire year.

This morning view was one of my favorites from the entire year.

A must-do activity: driving Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road in fall.

A must-do activity: visiting Glacier National Park in fall.

Don't tell anyone, but this lady is one of my favorites.

This little lady is one of the best adventure partners in the land. 

There's something about a dirt road and Montana.

There’s something about a dirt road and Montana.

Adventuring on Two Medicine Lake in fall.

Adventuring on Two Medicine Lake in fall.

Sunrise over the St. Mary Valley in Glacier National Park.

Sunrise over the St. Mary Valley in Glacier National Park.

Fall at Travelers' Rest State Park. My traveling friend and I (see previous photo) were the only ones there.

Fall at Travelers’ Rest State Park. My traveling friend and I were the only ones there.

A favorite fall memory: driving Chief Mountain Highway.

A favorite fall memory: driving Chief Mountain Highway.

One thing I've learned this year: sometimes you just have to go.

One thing I’ve learned this year: sometimes you just have to go.

For those of you who have been my adventure buddies this year, thanks for the memories. And for those of you who’ve kept up with my travels this year, thank you for letting me share my Montana with you.

xo,
TT

You Can Go Home Again: The Magic of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front

Oh you guys, where do I start? Well, with the truth I guess: last week was a rough one.

I won’t bore you with the details (AKA I won’t complain about my life, since I’m the first to admit how blessed I am), but I had a couple of days where I just didn’t feel like myself. To sum it up, I was sad. For those of you who know me personally (or from reading this blog), sad is not a word that’s used to describe me. So I went to the place that I knew would help me with that feelings: I went home

Take a look…

Lover's Lane, the street I grew up on.

Lover’s Lane, the street I grew up on.

Wide-open spaces, an old barn and Haystack Butte.

Wide-open spaces, an old barn and Haystack Butte.

Roads like these are home for me and I drove quite a few of them over the weekend.

Roads like these are home for me and I drove quite a few of them over the weekend.

Fresh snow in the mountains.

Fresh snow in the mountains.

Twilight looking east.

Looking east at twilight.

The landscape seemed endless, even for this local Montana girl.

The landscape seemed endless, even for this Montana girl.

That Montana sky set my heart aflutter.

That Montana sky set my heart aflutter.

My baby brother, niece and I drove out to watch the sun set behind Haystack Butte.

My baby brother, niece and I drove out to watch the sun set behind Haystack Butte.

Shades of my life stretched out on the horizon.

Shades of my life stretched out on the horizon.

The aptly described Rocky Mountain Front, where the plains and mountains meet.

The aptly described Rocky Mountain Front, where the plains and mountains meet.

As for me, I left that weekend filled with the magic of the Rocky Mountain Front, my home and family and knowing that no matter what, I can always go home again. And for that, I’m forever grateful.

xo,
TT

PS: For more daily photo updates of the West, be sure to follow us on instagram at GlacierMT.

A Montana Girl’s Stroll Down Ireland’s Memory Lane

Truth time: every year in March, I get sentimental. And since my wee Irish grandmother passed away nearly 18 months ago, I’m afraid that my heart feels a little more tender during this time of year. We all know what I’m talking about: St. Patrick’s Day.

My own slice of Ireland in Montana.

My own slice of Ireland in Montana.

While I’m a Montana girl through and through, my DNA is made up of more than 50 percent Irish. But my gram (as she signed every one of her cards to me, my siblings and my 15 cousins)—who was born here in Big Sky Country and spent a few of her toddler years in Ireland before coming back to Montana—did an amazing job of making sure that we all felt firmly linked to our heritage. For her, that meant that the family connection was kept alive and intact across the more than 4,000 miles that separated our Montana family from the remainder of our relatives in Ireland. My gram spent countless hours writing letters, traveling to and from Ireland and making sure that we knew how important it was to remember where we came from. She also made sure that we knew that Ireland was another place for us to call home (you can read more about my visit to Ireland here), should we ever need it.

For those of you familiar with Montana history, there’s quite a few Irish that decided to settle here and make their homes. In particular, Ireland’s influences can be found in Butte, Montana (Butte is known for its mining heritage, strong Irish population and boisterous St. Patrick’s Day) and in Hamilton, Montana at the Daly Mansion Museum.

Slices of Ireland in Butte and Hamilton.

Slices of Ireland in Butte and Hamilton.

As for me, I’m so happy that two of the places I love the most—Montana and Ireland—have been such a big part of my life. And while my rowdy, loud, passionate Irish family is far from perfect, I’m so fortunate to have had the example of my own Montana-Irish gram to show me that love is deep, unwavering and accepting.

Wishing you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day.

xo,
TT

5 Things I’m Loving in Missoula, Montana

Let’s all just take a moment to celebrate a few things: it’s been a fun winter, we’re starting to see glimpses of spring, the sun is shining and I’ve spent the entire week in one place: Missoula, Montana.

The view of Missoula from Mount Sentinel.

The view of Missoula from Mount Sentinel.

This morning, as I was trying to fix my (always messy) hair, I was thinking about all of the things I love and have to be grateful for. And while there is so much that makes my life happy, these are the 5 things I’m currently obsessed with here in Montana’s Garden City. 

1. Baba’s burgers. Still a bit of an unknown in Missoula, Baba’s is my favorite place to get a burger. It’s nothing fancy (but totally cute) and is located a bit off the beaten path on East Broadway (744 E. Broadway to be exact), but they seriously serve up some of the tastiest burgers I’ve ever had. I’ve never been a huge burger girl and now, after eating Baba’s, I’m firmly in the burger-lover’s camp. Well done, Baba’s. Well done. Sidenote: in addition to beef burgers, they have elk and bison burgers PLUS super tasty greek garlic fries. 

My order: a regular cheeseburger, fully loaded, with a small order of greek garlic fries. YUM.

My order: a regular cheeseburger, fully loaded, with a small order of greek garlic fries. YUM.

2. Sora & Company. For those of you who know me (in real life or from reading the blog), you know that I love to shop. So I’m really excited for Missoula’s newest boutique, Sora & Company. Located at 145 W. Main in downtown Missoula (two doors down from the Mo Club—another great place to grab a burger), Sora officially opens today (Friday, March 4) but I got to attend a preview party last night and you guys, their stuff is cute and affordable. PS: be sure to check them out on instagram.

Hello, pretty little things.

Hello, pretty little things.

If I'm missing later, it's because I went back to buy these shoes.

If I’m missing later, it’s because I went back to buy those shoes.

3. Ginger beer on tap at The Dram Shop. Another new(er) addition to Missoula is The Dram Shop at 229 E. Front Street. First off, they have a super fun vibe (and you can order food from Missoula’s nicest restaurant—The Pearl) and a variety of beer and wine on tap. But the thing that this girl loves most is that they have Glacier Ginger Beer ON TAP. It’s made locally in Whitefish and is literally the best ginger beer in Montana.

Hello, lover.

Hello, lover.

4. Missoula Art Museum. If you have not been here, put it on your list of must-see places to visit in Missoula. Located one block off Higgins Avenue in downtown at 335 N. Pattee, the Missoula Art Museum has some amazing exhibits and is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. An added bonus: entry is free.

MAM is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MAM is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

John Buck, an artist from Bozeman, has his work on display through March 12, 2016.

John Buck, an artist from Bozeman, has his work on display at the museum through March 12, 2016.

5. Montana sunsets. I’m not sure if it’s the changing of the seasons and longer daylight hours, but the sunsets in Missoula this week have been amazing. They’ve been lighting the sky up with colors that have literally stopped me in my tracks.

A cotton candy sky over Mount Sentinel.

A cotton candy sky over Mount Sentinel.

Your turn: what are you loving this week?

xo,
TT

Remembering to Soak up The Moments

Oh hey guys, I didn’t see you there. Mainly because I’ve been missing…from the blog. But I have to tell you, it wasn’t intentional. It’s just that I’ve been out living. A lot.

The last two weeks of my life have been filled with road trips, huckleberry delights, laughs, solid human beings and my ever-steady love, Montana. I’ve been on the road driving more than I’ve been home, but I’ve felt my creativity growing as I’ve been outside soaking up the fresh Rocky Mountain air, having meaningful conversations and taking in as many Montana moments as possible.

A look at some of my recent moments.

A look at some of my recent moments.

Why have I been doing this? Well, the truth of the matter is this: I’m not always present.

To which I’m sure you may be thinking (or yelling at your screen), “Tia, you silly girl you LIVE in Montana! How can you not be just soaking up every moment?”  And I don’t really have a good answer, except for this: I’m trying to do better.

Now, I don’t want you thinking that I don’t know how lucky I am to live, work and play in Montana. That, my friends, is something I definitely don’t take for granted. Every time I cruise Highway 93 and see the peaks of the Mission Mountains, I’m stunned by their beauty. And no matter how many times I drive Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road, the majesty of that place blows me away. But for me, it’s not quite enough. I’ve come to realize that I need to stop and enjoy every minute (or at least most of them: I’m never going to enjoy the dentist) of my happy, full, blessed, silly, wonderful life because life is made up of moments. Moments that come together to create a beautiful story, one that—if you’re doing it right—is written with family, friends, kindness, love, adventures, good food, hugs, travel, experiences and the chance to wake up each day and remember how amazing this life is.

Here’s to life and the moments that create it.

xo,
TT

Montana Tattoos + Made in Montana Jewelry

You guys, I have to admit something to you: I like tattoos. And while I’m admitting things, I need to tell you something else: I’m deathly afraid of needles. While I’m sure you think I’m super tough based on how messy I like to keep my hair (hee hee), I’m actually quite the baby when it comes to things that hurt me. And as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, those two things combined mean that this girl has zero tattoos.

The good news (and the point of me telling you this story) is that I found a local Montana company that makes temporary Montana-lovin’ tattoos! Started by a cute lady (and artist) named Britt McGillivray, Poisonberry Jewelry is based on the shore of Flathead Lake in Montana’s Glacier Country. In addition to making absolutely stunning jewelry, Britt also has a line of Big Sky Country inspired temporary tattoos.

And—as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now—I LOVE them!

Poisonberry has three types of tattoo packets: The Eagle, Double Arrow and Antler.

Poisonberry has three types of tattoo packets: The Eagle, Double Arrow and Antler.

Getting ready for my "first" tattoo.

Getting ready for my “first” tattoo. For the record, it only took 30 seconds and was completely painless.

I've secretly always  a hip tattoo.

I’ve secretly always wanted a hip tattoo. (Don’t tell my mom).

As you can see, once I started with my temporary tattoos…I couldn’t stop.

Wearing my love for Montana proudly on my arm.

Wearing my love for Montana (and this double arrow) proudly on my arm.

The three tattoos from the Eagle set.

The three tattoos from the Eagle set.

This griz track founds a happy home on my wrist.

This griz track found a happy home on my wrist.

This is my "I'm really tough because I have a grizzly bear paw tattoo" face.

This is my “I’m really tough because I have a grizzly bear paw tattoo” face.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some more tattoos to put on.

xo,
TT

PS: If you’d like to score your own set of Montana tattoos, be sure to visit Poisonberry Jewelry. Britt also has cute Montana shaped necklaces and bracelets, as well as other handmade (made in Montana) jewelry items that I may or may not be obsessed with.

Montana Boys: A Song + Why I Love Them

You guys, I’m going to be straight with you: I’m a big baby. There are certain things that touch my heart and I sometimes feel like it will either burst or break.

One such thing: Montana boys. I count myself lucky to know and love so many wonderful men. For my entire life I’ve been surrounded by incredible examples of men who are both tough and tender in the form of dads (yes, I have two), uncles, cousins, brothers and friends. The latest additions to the list are my four nephews, who may in fact be the cutest and most charming little fellas I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Three sweet Montana nephews. Photo: Brandi Powell

Three sweet Montana nephews. Photo: Brandi Powell

Another thing that punches my heart: music. In my free time, I dabble in singing and songwriting and am in awe of musicians who tell their stories through song. I’ve always felt like music is the most powerful storytelling tool that exists.

Playing my guitar, Miles.

Playing my guitar, Miles.

Earlier this month, I stumbled across a song that combined two of my soft spots — Montana boys and music — when I heard a song aptly titled “Montana Boys” by Great Falls, Montana native Coyne Wiggins. Coyne (who I imagine to be a nice Montana boy after listing to this song on repeat), captured the spirit and characteristics of Montana boys so well. Since hearing this song, I’ve listened to it probably 53 times. That’s how much I love it. And because I like to share the things I love with all of you, I’ve included it below.

Have a listen…

xo,
TT

Montana Celebrates 125 Years

This year, our sweet Montana girl celebrates 125 years a a state. And I don’t know about you, but I think she looks pretty gorgeous for her age. Plus, you really can’t catch her on a bad day. Let’s be honest: Not all of us can say that we look as good as Montana first thing in the morning. I, for one, wake up looking a little bit rough and usually have a messy, blond mohwak on top of my head. How does Montana look in the morning? Well, she wakes up looking like this…

The Mission Mountains at sunrise. Photo: Ninepipes Lodge

The Mission Mountains at sunrise. Photo: Ninepipes Lodge

In honor of her 125 years as a state and for the mere fact that she is as lovely as ever, I wanted to share some of the reasons why Montana will always be my best girl.

1. Fresh mountain air. There is no better smell than driving into the heart of the mountains, unrolling your window and letting the fresh mountain air fill you car.

2. Cowboys.  Ever since a young age, I’ve been a sucker for cowboys. Perhaps it was my country upbringing, but there is something about cowboys that is incredibly endearing, charming and true. Many of the cowboys that I’ve been able to rub shoulders with throughout my life are also some of the best people I know. And if you’re looking for a good cowboy of your own? Head to Miles City (one of the cutest towns in the West) AKA the “Cowboy Capital of the World.”

Montana cowboys: tough and tender. Photo: Megan Barrett

Montana cowboys: tough and tender. Photo: Megan Barrett

3. Montana’s story was centuries in the making. While November 8, 1889 was the official day that Montana became a state, she’s been home to the area’s First Nations for thousands of years. Today, Big Sky Country is home to 12 Indian tribes and seven reservations, with each tribe having its own distinct history and story.

The Blackfeet Nation lies on the eastern border of Glacier National Park.

The Blackfeet Nation lies on the eastern border of Glacier National Park.

4. Glacier National Park. When I was a wee little blond lass, each summer Old Man River would take me, my big sister and my little brother to Glacier National Park. We’d spend time playing and hiking in one of the most beautiful places in the world and to this day, those trips to the park are some of my fondest memories. As an adult who frequently visits Glacier National Park, I’ve sometimes wondered if it would ever lose its appeal and if I would perhaps forget why it’s such a wonderful place. I’m happy to report that no matter how many times I drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road or dip my toes into Lake McDonald, I still find myself in awe of every minute spent there.

The peaks of Glacier National Park.

The peaks of Glacier National Park.

5. Six-man football. I grew up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain Front in the small town of Augusta. The town itself is home to a few hundred residents and as such, the class C school I attended played six-man football. If you’ve never seen a six-man football game, do yourself a favor and find the smallest town near you, look up their football schedule and go attend a game. It’s one of the fastest and most fun games to watch. And as a state that doesn’t have a professional football team, we live and breathe high school and college football.

My baby brother coached six-man football for Augusta.

My baby brother coached six-man football for Augusta. And yes, our team mascot is the Elk.

6. Montana is actually just a (very large) small town. One of the charms about Montana is that it’s a place where eventually, everybody knows your name. I’ll never forget years ago when I was driving across the state and stopped at a gas station to fill my rig and a man at the pump nearby said hello. I responded with a hello back to him and the next words out of his mouth were, “Oh, you must be Ethan Allen’s niece.” Surprised by this statement I told him that yes, Ethan is indeed my uncle. The man replied with, “I can tell by looking at you. Say hello to your uncle for me.” That exchange is one of my favorite things about Montana.

Me and my favorite uncle. (PS: I tell them each that they are my favorite, so don't blow my cover).

Me and my favorite uncle. (PS: I tell them each that they are my favorite, so don’t blow my cover).

7. Huckleberries and Flathead Cherries. Every summer, I look forward to the harvest of both huckleberries and Flathead cherries. My favorite huckleberry-flavored goodies are huckleberry licorice and huckleberry ice cream.

The perfect ending to any Montana meal: huckleberry ice cream.

The perfect ending to any Montana meal: huckleberry ice cream.

8. Uninterrupted views of the stars. Much of Montana is still privy to wide open spaces and not many cities, making it a perfect place to view the night sky. To this day, I swear that my parent’s house has the most stunning view of the stars I’ve ever seen.

9. The Going-to-the-Sun Road + The Beartooth Highway. Montana is home to two of the most scenic drives in the United States: the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and the Beartooth Highway, a route we share with Wyoming. If you haven’t had the chance, be sure to add both of those routes to your list of things to do. They will literally take your breath away. (To learn more about the Going-to-the-Sun Road, read about my perfect day on the road here).

The Going-to-the-Sun Road. Photo: Jessica Downing

The Going-to-the-Sun Road. Photo: Jessica Downing

10. It’s home. 
Montana is the place where my soul feels most at home. Sometimes people ask me if I’ll leave and pursue a career outside of Montana. And whenever I’m asked this question, the only answer I can think of is Paul’s words from Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It when he says the following: “Oh, I’ll never leave Montana, brother.” Montana has my heart forever.

Your turn: What are some of the things you love about Montana?

xo,
TT

PS: Be sure to check out this great list of 125 reasons to love Montana from the Great Falls Tribune.

Dear Montana, I’m in Love with You

Do you ever have those moments when you realize that you are totally head over heels in love with something? I have. And the fact of the matter is that right now, at this moment, I don’t think I could be more in love with Montana. While I realize that I’m totally partial to Big Sky Country, I also feel justified in being so smitten with her.

Now you may be thinking something along the lines of, “Tia, how could you be that in love with Montana? What is it about the Treasure State that has you so smitten?

Well, I’ve actually thought quite a bit about that very question. You know, just in case someone were to ask me. Here are some of the reasons why Montana has my heart…

Her big, blue sky.

Blue sky over Montana's Rocky Mountain Front.

Blue sky over Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.

The love that Montanans have for our state.
This quote from Brad Tyer sums it up best, “Montana is one of those American states that exert a magnetism and inspire a loyalty far out of proportion to any sober appraisal.” 

Wearing our love for Montana on our shirts.

Wearing our love for Montana on our shirts.

The outdoors.
Seriously, they are incredible. For example, from my house in Montana’s second largest city, I can be in the wilderness in 10 minutes. And that, my friends, is awesome.

One of my favorite places: Holland Lake.

One of my favorite places: Holland Lake.

Montana’s small towns.
From Ekalaka in the southeast corner to Troy in the northwest corner, I love all of them.

Oh hey, adorable Whitefish.

Oh hey, adorable Whitefish.

The eclectic characters that live in Montana’s small towns.
Side note: I can totally say that because I’m from a small town. 😉

My fishing buddy's truck in small town Montana.

My fishing buddy’s truck in small town Montana.

Glacier National Park.
No matter how much time I spend there, this place touches my soul to the core.

The view from Sun Point.

The view from Sun Point.

Huckleberry ice cream.

Yum...

Yum…

And if you still don’t get my love for Montana? Well, if you won’t take my word for it, maybe you’ll listen to this guy…photo

Your turn: What do you love about Montana?

xo,
TT