If you would have asked me in May of 2014 to plan a summer vacation for June of 2015, I would have, without even a shadow of a doubt, immediately begun researching Caribbean destinations. Keith and I always said that when we felt like Mayhem was old enough, we’d take her to one of those fabulous beach resorts where we used to kick back, long before she was born. But with the diagnosis of serious food allergies came a lot more hesitation about traveling outside the comfort zone of places where we can communicate effectively and have health care we can count on. I’m confident however, that those places do exist, and I would have immediately set about finding them.
2014 brought incredible changes and experiences for our family and with those experiences, my eyes began to open about the vastness of our world. I no longer saw the opportunity to travel as “plan something you’re familiar with because who knows when you’ll take another trip”.
We’ve been nothing short of WOW’d with each and every visit to New York in the past year. It’s busy. And there’s absolutely zero shortage of “things to do”. The energy is intoxicating and it’s simply impossible not to get wrapped up in the speed at which life moves in that city.
We’ve done Disney. World. A couple of times within the past few years, and it never disappoints. Disneyland is on our family’s “must visit” list, but we also know that any Disney trip comes with the knowledge that we’ll be sharing our vacation with thousands upon thousands of other visitors.
But the trip we’re about to embark on has us wild with anticipation. All of us.
Like, we’re coming out of our skin, excited!
Because we’re going to Glacier Country Montana!!!
My deep desire to visit started a year ago, when my friend Kristin was there, and instagramming the mind blowing beauty of her surroundings. She was on a trip with a few friends and every photograph they were sharing on their social channels looked fake. As in, so breathtakingly gorgeous, it could not possibly be real. Like these:
At some point during her trip, I texted her to let her know that I didn’t ever want her trip to end because I was living the perfect trip vicariously through her images. I also told her that Montana had NEVER been on my radar as a vacation spot, but it had just shot to the top of my list. (You should totally visit Kristin’s website and search for her coverage on Montana. Nope, wait, lemme do that for you ……. here ya go!)
Fast forward a few months and I was on the phone with the amazing Tia from Glacier Country MT tourism, discussing what we’d like to do on a trip to Montana.
Everything, please. And thank you.
The truth is, we (Keith and I) are most looking forward to being awed by Big Sky Country. Being surrounded by some of nature’s most spectacular beauty, where the sounds are real and the air is clear. We plan to breathe it all in deeply and soak in our surroundings. Sans crowds. And take lots of photographs! Because …. Glacier National Park!!!
Mayhem, on the other hand, is ecstatic because ” I can’t believe we’re actually going the real wild wild west! And I get to ride a REAL pony! And I get to dress like a cowgirl! And I get to go fishing! And go on a boat! And see real mountains! And wear cowboy boots! And braid my hair like a wild wild west girl!”
Her priorities are without question 😉
We head out this week and our itinerary is equal parts adventure and relaxation. And I simply CANNOT wait.
Until I lived vicariously through Kristin’s images, I never dreamed that Montana would be at the top of my “must visit” list. But it is! And we’re going to share our experience with you as we go. You can (as always) follow along with me on my favorite channel, Instagram, but we’ll also be sharing different aspects of our trip on our other channels. If you’re so inclined, you can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or Keith’s Instagram. And we’ll be using the hashtags: #MayhemTakesMontana and #GlacierMT
The sharing aspect I’m MOST excited about though is the @fashionbymayhem Instagram account. We secured the name long ago but haven’t shared content there. Until now! We recently decided to start sharing some of the photos and videos that Mayhem takes herself (she’s a whiz with photo editing apps btw!), and this trip seems like the perfect way to kick it off. She’s set and ready to go with her very own camera and we’ll be letting her choose some of her favorite images for us to post so you can experience the Mayhem perspective too.
So heads up Montana … we’re on our way and we’re bringing a little Mayhem 😉 Can’t wait to see you!!!