Travel Throwback Thursday: Montana

Montana is my favorite place for multiple reasons. The first being the people. You can’t beat the Montanans. They are absolutely some of the nicest people on the planet. The second is the environment. The state is stunning! You have the Rockies in the West, Yellowstone to the South-east, and the prairies as far as the eye can see. Montana is an outdoorsmen’s dream. You can spend the summers hiking in the mountains, rock climbing the local crags, or floating the Madison River. In the winter you can ice climb, ski, or just enjoy one of the many local microbrews by the fire!

During the summer of 2008 I had the opportunity to spend the summer conducting biomedical research at Montana State University in Bozeman. It is by far one of my favorite summers to date. Not only did I fall in love with the town, but I made some of my best friends there that I still stay in touch with today. I have also gone back to Montana multiple times to visit. Someday I would love to make a permanent move there, but I know that won’t happen any time soon. But a girl can dream!

Montana is known as “Big Sky Country,” which if you are good at putting two and two together… is what I named my coaching company after! You can read a little more about that here

Now, for all the pictures you all really want to see!

Ferry Lake in the Bridger Mountains

Ferry Lake in the Bridger Mountains

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park

Seeing your first bison is super cool, but after being stuck in a 3-hour traffic jam in Yellowstone because the herd enjoys hanging out in the road is not so cool...

Seeing your first bison is super cool, but after being stuck in a 3-hour traffic jam in Yellowstone because the herd enjoys hanging out in the road is not so cool…

 

Rock climbing in Gallatin Valley!

Rock climbing in Gallatin Valley!

 

The view from Big Sky during the winter

The view from Big Sky during the winter

 

At the Black Foot Reservation on the way to Alberta, Canada

At the Black Foot Reservation on the way to Alberta, Canada

 

Fishing and no I didn't catch anything...

Fishing and no I didn’t catch anything…

 

More rock climbing in Gallatin Valley

More rock climbing in Gallatin Valley

 

On one of the many nights I enjoyed a good beer downtown Bozeman... I met a new friend :-)

On one of the many nights I enjoyed a good beer downtown Bozeman… I met a new friend πŸ™‚

 

Hiking in Gallatin Forest (in the rain)

Hiking in Gallatin Forest (in the rain) with some of my labmates

Have you been to Montana? I highly recommend visiting at least once in your life. The people, the food, the beer, and the views are incredible year-round. And if you ever need a tour guide, let me know! πŸ™‚

~ Happy Training!

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