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Old 08-11-2017, 06:44 PM
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Just returned from 8 days in Montana. (Solo, except for my 10-year-old son). Every time we go, we find something new. We have a network of trails near Cooke City that we always run and once again, they didn't disappoint. We also explored some remote areas west of Cody, Wyoming...... wow. I had no idea how awesome that area was. Much of the land is private and ridiculously rugged, but incredibly beautiful. Heavy grizzly bear and moose territory. We saw 4 bears and 2 moose during the trip. One bull moose was too close for my liking.

The fishing, camping and father/son time were exceptional. Everything else was just a bonus. If you're considering a trip of any kind, be it solo, with friends or with family, and have been putting it off looking for the right time, today is the right time. I take nothing for granted since my injury and I'm thankful for the new inspiration to get out in my Land Cruiser and see the beautiful world around me. Camping is free if you're willing to travel remote (the few campgrounds in the area do not allow soft-sided or ground tents anyway (too many grizzly) and as long as you're smart and aware of your surroundings, there are no issues.

Even if you have to eat Ramen for a week in order to afford a cabin a little farther away, so what? My father once said that the money you spend to do something that you love will be forgotten immediately and you'll never think about it again, but the memories you make will last a lifetime. He also said that Ramen and deli roast beef make the same turd as steak and lobster. I hope that my son will remember these trips with me like I remember the trips with my dad when I was 10.

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:28 PM
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Well said brother.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:48 PM
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That's awesome. Good for you guys. Your father's advice is spot on.

Can't wait to get back out and start exploring. My youngest is already picking out spots to go see.
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:54 AM
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:42 AM
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I'm pretty sure you and I had fathers that were cut from the same cloth! Sounds like an epic trip that'll never be forgotten!

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Old 08-12-2017, 09:39 AM
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Awesome, we may be moving to Montana with work next year, its a pretty amazing place. Your encouragement is spot on.
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:13 PM
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Looks like an Epic trip your son will never forget!
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:44 AM
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Great wording/well written. Would love to see some more pics
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:30 AM
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What an awesome trip, and I'm sure your son will always remember. I have been working on my wife to live a little more because she is an ultimate saver and absolutely hates spending money on anything, and I'm one who doesn't mind spending money on experiences in the least bit. So far this year we've done 4 trips and have 2 more planned, so it's working

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Old 08-16-2017, 02:12 PM
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Awesome. Montana is magical.
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