We finally got around to taking a beach vacation. It was just a day trip, but still a vacation. And it wasn't really a beach, since a beach is attached to an ocean or at least a sea. This sand is attached to a lake.
The boys and I spent the Fourth of July playing in the sand and splashing in the water at the Bozeman Beach in the Gallatin Recreation Area. (Details for getting there are below the photos.)
This is the perfect spot for little kids. There is plenty of sand to dig and the water is shallow a long way out. While we watched people canoeing and floating around on innertubes, I read my book and the boys wore themselves out having fun.
The pictures I took of the boys were so cute, I couldn't decide which ones to post, so I posted them all. aha ha ha ha....
Getting there: Drive north on 7th St, cross over the highway, turn right on Griffin, left on Manely Rd. and right at the signed entrance to the East Gallatin Recreation Area.
Dogs are not allowed anywhere in the park or lake.
Additional Park Features
* Potable Water
* Picnic Tables (reserve the pavilion through the Bozeman Parks Dept.)
* Sand Beach
* Volleyball Pits
* Climbing Boulder
A big part of Fourth of July celebrations in these parts is the rodeo. Over three days, 10,000 spectators flock to Livingston to watch cowboys and cowgirls compete for the 10th highest purse in the country over the Independence Day holiday.
We were four of those people. Plus a few more.
If you are curious, I wrote a piece about rodeos for Big Sky Journal a while back. You can ride over to my clips and check it out.
We are lucky to live less than an hour from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park and even luckier to get to spend lots of time in one of the world’s first national park. It isn’t easy picking 5 hikes in a park that is so full of wonderful backcountry experiences, but I did it.
According to the park website: Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
I’ve chosen 5 hikes that my family and I have enjoyed and that represent different areas and ecosystems in Yellowstone. So, whether you want to geyser gaze, watch trout spawn, photograph wildflowers or push a stroller, I have a hike for you!
Every Fourth of July weekend, Henry gets up early and puts chairs out on Second St. to save places in the shade for the Livingston Round-up parade. In the afternoon we walk downtown and join the hundreds (thousands?) of other people watching the parade.
This year was different. No early morning wake-up, no chairs in the shade, no walk downtown. Instead we decorated our bikes and rode in the parade. We joined the crew at Timber Trails and became parade participants.
We were near the beginning of the parade so we were able to peel off at the end and watch the rest of it.
And as if that's not enough, you can watch a video by Henry here.
We need to lighten things up around here. All this oil spill stuff is getting me down and I don't have my Fourth of July photos loaded, yet.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Julie for posting this on Facebook. I've watched it three times and crack up each time. And I can't stop telling Henry, "honey badger don't care."
There is language in this video that is not suitable for kids, my parents or H's parents. If you fall into one of those categories, please move along.