January 22, 2018

Not Taking Montana Life for Granted

The view from the West Side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014

This past weekend we had friends visiting who live on the east coast.  Such a difference of life, and such a nice reminder not to take my life in Montana for granted!

Before I moved home to Montana (for good), I was pretty certain I would live in a city.  Becoming a successful lawyer pretty much equated with having to live in a large population, so Montana was pretty much out of the question.  That changed of course when I met my husband, and back home to Montana I went.

Thanks to their visit, I remembered why I wouldn’t trade anything for living where I do.  Here are a few of the reasons:

1.  We can visit Glacier National Park any day of the week.  We can drive to Lake McDonald for a picnic, or to watch the sun go down.

2.  We walk out our backdoor and go for walks.  Every day.  Literally out our back door there is state land with hundreds of acres of hiking trails for us to take our dogs.  We are so unbelievably lucky to have access to this.  My dogs (and now kids) run free.

3.  We never sit in traffic.  I have never liked traffic, but now that I have children who do not particularly enjoy the car, I am SO thankful that I never have to sit in traffic.  Although the Montana traffic has recently been growing, especially during the summer months, our “traffic” is nothing compared to that in a city.  (There are some exceptions to this.  If you travel Reserve Street in Missoula during rush hour, you will know what I mean.)

4.  Outdoor recreational activities.  Pretty much anything we wish to do outdoors is minutes away, no matter the season.  Hike, ski, fish, boating, snowmobiling, you name it!

5.  Fewer people.  I suppose some people could get lonely here, but I love that there are fewer people.  It gives you a little more room to breathe, and space when you need it. 

Now remember, you didn’t hear this list from me.  Montanans like to keep Montana a secret, so what I am really saying here is to stay far away.  Whatever you do, do not come to Montana.  😉

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog


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