Finn likes to ride his bicycle

...he likes to ride his bike. And I may have sneaked in some footage of my perennial bed.

Permalink 07/13/11 12:52:58 am, by Mel Email , 21 words, Categories: Finn ,

Bozeman Beach

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....

More Beta

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

* Shelter
* Potable Water
* Restrooms
* Picnic Tables (reserve the pavilion through the Bozeman Parks Dept.)
* Sand Beach
* Volleyball Pits
* Climbing Boulder
* Trails

Permalink 07/12/11 12:14:00 am, by Mel Email , 219 words, Categories: Montana, Things to Do, Anders, Finn ,

Round-up rodeo 2011

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.

The super snappy Kerri and Jim.

Finn, Logan, Anders and Henry whoop it up.

William cheers.

Madeleine, Brooke, Matine, Jim and Kerri. A little relieved that no one is crying or spilling anything at that moment.

saddle bronc riding

Cowboy rescue.

The rodeo is fun, but the setting is amazing. We even saw a double rainbow. It was so intense.

bull riding

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.

Permalink 07/11/11 12:16:38 pm, by Mel Email , 140 words, Categories: Montana, Festivals/Events, Things to Do, Anders, Family, Finn ,

5 Yellowstone hikes for kids and families

Want more hikes? Check out my e-book: Twenty Family-Friendly Hikes in Yellowstone. Also available in Kindle.

Need help planning your Yellowstone vacation? I offer Trip Reports, Vacation Coaching, and Itineraries/Guidebooks on my other site:

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!

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Permalink 07/11/11 08:08:00 am, by Mel Email , 1004 words, Categories: Yellowstone, Hikes, Hot Springs ,

Round-up parade 2011

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.

Ready to ride.

Following the bagpipers along the parade route.

Anders was very focused on the ride.

The Rangerttes. These women were on the Park High drill team between 1944-1986.

The "Vintage Twirlers." I love these ladies so much. Note the pom poms on their shoes and tiny sparkly vests.

I love this guy, too.

Mules for big H.

Scrambling for candy.

Clapping for floats.

Can you believe this guy? Riding a three-wheeled unicycle and juggling.

Post-parade BBQ at the Hawthorne's.

And as if that's not enough, you can watch a video by Henry here.

Permalink 07/10/11 07:46:16 pm, by Mel Email , 200 words, Categories: Montana, Festivals/Events, Anders, Family, Finn ,

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