The past three and a half days have been spent in the lovely town of Bozeman, MT. I could definitely live here…not so much Brad though, too much snow for his taste.
Prior to arrving in town though we made a slight detour to Chico Hot Springs in Pray, MT. I was nervous about dragging the family there, as it was just through internet resources that I learned of this place, and you never know what you’ll get with that stuff! It was a success though. We donned our bathing suits for the first time on the trip, I can safely say this is the palest I have ever been in June…not much sunbathing in the recent temps of CO and WY! The “hot” pool was around 104 and the larger pool was around 90 degrees. It felt great to soak in the minerals and the sun, despite the outside temp of 50 degrees! We lounged and played for about 2 hours and then it was back on the road.
We arrived in Bozeman Thursday afternoon and found a local grocery…a great co-op, kind of like a cross between Chatham Marketplace and Whole Foods! It was a very welcome sight after the limited fare in Yellowstone! Dinner was Bison burgers with a fried egg on local arugula and potatoes…YUM! Friday Brad found a local mountain biking trail…this town has plenty to choose from. As he “crushed his soul” on an 18 mile ride with the first 9 being uphill, I hung out at the campground with the girls. That afternoon we ventured to another local find: Spire Climbing Center. I put both Kimberly and Virginia in harnesses and Brad belayed them as they tried out wall after wall…well, Kimberly did it a few times, and only about 8 feet high, but that was a major success in my book! Virignia on the other hand was killing it! For two hours she wore Brad out, even tackling some walls that were partially inverted (sloping backwards)! It is a great place and it was fun to watch all the climbers practicing their moves.
Saturday brought rain in the am and chilly temperatures. I was concerned as I had booked us on a river rafting trip on the Gallatin for lunchtime. We took care of our chores and a final grocery shopping trip before heading down towards Big Sky. The Montana White Water Company is fantastic and I highly recommend them if you are in the area! I opted for the “scenic float” as I was concerned that even the family-friendly Class 1-3 trip might being pushing it in the cold water temps and for a first trip for the girls. Excellent call in hindsight! With the river running fairly high from runoff, the scenic float had just enough excitement to have everyone smiling at the end! Our guide Brent was super and he and Brad chatted about biking, construction, and everything else as we took in the beautiful Gallatin…part of our reach was used in the filming of A River Runs Through It.
Today, Father’s Day, we load up and head out once again. We are hoping to end up somewhere between Missoula and Couer d’Alene this evening. Planning to tour an old gold mine in the am. I am hoping for another success in the “momma side trip” department!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads….