September 13-26, 2018
From our lovely boondocking spot in rural Idaho, we headed north toward Montana.
Early the next morning Brad visited some nearby hot springs. He had a lovely time soaking in the warm water despite coming face-to-face with a snake and dropping his phone in the water. Thankfully, his phone survived the dip!
While the family was base-camped in Missoula for the week, I hopped a flight back to our hometown of Wenatchee to help facilitate several events for Beyond the Frame, a grant-funded project that I’d been working on in my remote, part-time role with a marketing company back home. It was a really amazing project to be a part of for months leading up to this trip, but that’s another story for another time.
While I was away, the girls had an amazing week with Brad – doing art projects, exploring new trails, visiting museums, playing on playgrounds, going to restaurants, and watching Ponyo at the old, local theater. It was interesting to spend 5 days separated from my family after over 2 years of rarely being more than 10 feet away from them for more than a moment! Spending the week in these reversed typical roles, me working tons of hours to coordinate special events and Brad filling all the domestic duties, felt like a vacation of sorts for all of us. It was a great, refreshing week.
One new challenge; this was the first campground we’ve stayed in since welcoming Ginger aboard. Since most campgrounds have strict leash rules but Ginger is used to roaming free, this could get interesting…
By the time I return to Missoula from Wenatchee, we just had a few more days for the girls to show off all the cool places they had discovered while I was away.