Once upon a time a girl from a concrete town in the North of England discovered inspiration in a book, planned a trip and found home. A place to breathe, to marvel and to dream. Now living closer to that dream, our family's heart travels the last few miles almost every day as we talk about our Last Best Place and tell each other "Love you more than Montana".
Even with sandwiches from the Pickle Barrel, drinks from the Coffee Creek drive-thru in Livingston and animal spotting along the way, it can be a very long day’s drive in Yellowstone National Park if you are two years’ old.
On this particular trip, we had to ‘entertain’ my daughter on the way home by burying her with jumpers in her car seat, so she could play hide and seek and then break out of them; again, and again, it was a LONG drive home. Yellowstone you are worth it.
"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."
This year marks the 20 years since the premiere of A River Runs Through It. Carly Flandro of the Bozeman Chronicle has written an interesting article reflecting on the film’s legacy to Montana and fly-fishing. With thoughts from Norman Maclean’s family and the original fly-fishing advisor, Dan Bailey; if you love this movie, or Montana, read the full article.
Charles Kuralt proclaimed it to be ’the most beautiful drive in America’. The Beartooth Highway is the section of US Highway 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City, Montana. It has a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks to the 10,947 ft high Beartooth Pass. I was so glad to be in the passenger seat on this drive.