• Montana Vacation Blog at Avalanche Lake on a rainy day in October 2015, Glacier National Park, Montana
    Hiking to Avalanche Lake in the Rain with Great Friends, October 2015

    When you find a group of people who will gladly put on all of their rain gear and join you on a ...

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  • The Rocky Mountains in the Flathead Valley, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    Exploring Your Own Backyard

    The greatest lesson I have learned from this blog is how important it is to explore your own ...

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  • Alex Neill at Lion Lake in November 2015 with beautiful lake reflections and yellow larch trees, Lion Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog, November 2015
    Exploring Lion Lake in Northwest Montana

    When the weather turns to November in Montana, it can be more difficult to get outside with ...

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  • Neill family in hollow tree on hike to Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    My Plans for Summer 2015

    “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive ...

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  • Alex Neill sitting on a log at Lake McDonald near Apgar, Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    #optoutsideglacier Instameet, Lake McDonald, Black Friday 2015

    Each year, Black Friday rolls around and we may spend time buying more things that we probably ...

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Exploring Lion Lake in Northwest Montana

Alex Neill at Lion Lake in November 2015 with beautiful lake reflections and yellow larch trees, Lion Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog, November 2015

When the weather turns to November in Montana, it can be more difficult to get outside with kids thanks to the cold and rainy weather. When the sun came out shining this morning, my friend Paige and I decided to get outside and explore these beautiful fall colors. This exploration led me first ...

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Driving to the North Shore of Whitefish Lake, Montana

Whitefish Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

What I love about Montana are all of the back roads that are accessible to everyone! You don’t always have to drive far to reach the back roads either. Today after my daughter got out of school, I figured we should try to get some photos of the last days of the golden trees, but... Read More

Hiking to Avalanche Lake in the Rain with Great Friends, October 2015

Montana Vacation Blog at Avalanche Lake on a rainy day in October 2015, Glacier National Park, Montana

When you find a group of people who will gladly put on all of their rain gear and join you on a hike to Avalanche Lake in the rain – you grab onto them as hiking buddies and never let go! When my friend Fran asked me to join her on a hike with a... Read More

Your Guide to Child Backpack Carriers for Hiking

Alex Neill standing in front of Two Medicine Lake while hiking the North Shore to Twin Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I have used several kinds of baby carriers for carrying my kids around the mountains. From 11 days old until now (currently have a 3-year-old and 1-year-old), we have used several kinds of carriers and have so many reasons for why I love and why I dislike each carrier in different ways. Here I ...

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SeaEagle 330 Inflatable Kayak Review

Neill family on the Sea Eagle kayak, Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

We bought the SeaEagle 330 Inflatable Kayak directly from SeaEagle themselves last summer. A friend of mine had bought hers on Amazon, and it seemed perfect for kayaking. We have enjoyed the kayak, and my 3-year-old especially loves it! First, everyone always asks if we like that it is ...

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SUP and Jimmy Styks Inflatable Paddleboard Review

Paddleboarding on the Jimmy Styks Inflatable Paddleboard, in northwest Montana, May 2015, Montana Vacation Blog

After a few years now of seeing everyone with a paddleboard, we decided to buy an inflatable board to try it out. I absolutely love it!! This is also a great sport if you have pets, because your dogs can ride along with you! I have just now finally gotten the nerve to get on... Read More

First Northwest Montana Snow 2014

Snowfall in the Flathead Valley, November 2014

There is something about the first snow that just puts a start on the winter season and makes me feel like the holidays have arrived.  This time of year is so special.  Picking out a Christmas tree, wrapping presents, and baking while listening to Christmas music.  It is truly the season of ...

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ATV and Jeep Trails near Missoula, Montana

4×4 Routes of Western Montana: ATV and Jeep Trails is an 8 x 11 inch spiral bound book that has over forty routes with turn-by-turn directions, along with mileage and GPS coordinates that will guide you along the most interesting primitive motorized routes of western Montana while ...

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What to Pack while Hiking with Children

Baby at Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog

Hiking with small children may sound like an unbearable task – one filled with tears (both yours and theirs), frustration, and lack of supplies. I am here to tell you that it is doable.  Our one-year-old hiked up to ten miles round-trip with us in Glacier National Park.  You just have to ...

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My Review of the Deuter Kid Comfort 3: The Kid Carrier Backpack You Need!

Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

If you are bringing a small child on your trip to Montana, (or anywhere you plan on doing a lot of walking/hiking), I highly recommend buying the Deuter Kid Comfort III Kid Carrier backpack. Living in Montana, we have not found much of a need for a stroller.  At least, not since my first ...

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