We are finally feeling back on track after a whirlwind Labor Day trip to Bozeman, Montana. We have the chance to spend the long weekend at a palacial cabin in the Bozeman Mountains while skimming the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park (The 1st National Park in the US, we learned recently!) as we swam in crystal clear blue lakes and reservoirs. It was magical.
One of my favorite excursions was to a lovely gem hidden high in the mountains, appropriately named Fairy Lake. The drive up to this glorious lake was super treacherous. There were huge ruts in the road, jagged pieces of rock jutting out of the ground and a bevy of wide pickup SUV & pickup trucks to share the narrow dirt road with. Despite these obstacles, we safely made it to the trailhead that led to the lake. A few short steps down and our eyes beheld a lake of such wondrous hues of blues, greens and gold that we were stunned at first sight.
Some of friends decided to run the surrounding trails that led to high ridges that towered over the peaceful lake. The rest of us decided to stake out a choice spot and begin a lovely afternoon of chilling out and socializing. The water was incredibly cold and refreshing and I was a bit envious of the families floating by on stand-up paddleboards.
Another beautiful excursion was to Hyalite Lake. This beautiful reservoir was more of an active recreational area, with boats and rafts abound. We settled on a quieter area of the lake near beautiful gravel and muck lined shores. It was wonderful to be able to relax in the sun and cool off in the cold water.
In the evenings we cooked our own meals and cheers to a multitude of adult beverages. We danced, put on a talent show and even discovered a zipline not far from our house. It was wonderful.
One of my favorite things to do while on the trip was to take full advantage of a beautiful views we had from the large deck along the front of the house. It faced a beautiful mountain range and also provided an pretty clear view of the stars in the evening.
The people of Bozeman are super super friendly. Bozeman is a bit of a college town and reminds me a lot of Boulder. The residents are diverse and the city has adopted a very green and sustainable way of life. We look forward to visiting Bozeman again and taking in Yellowstone Park when we return!