Hey guys! Hope you’re well! A few weeks back I took my first cross country trip to Bozeman, Montana. I’m not much of a traveler, so making it out to the western coast of the country was pretty far out of my comfort zone. I’ve also lived only 45 minutes from Philadelphia for my entire life, making Montana even more out of my comfort zone. I’m use to the hustle and bustle of living in the suburb of a city, and I had no clue what to expect when heading out west.
So, what made me pick Montana as my first big trip? Well that’s an easy answer, my best friend was getting married and I was lucky enough to be her maid of honor. She moved out to Montana about 7 years ago and has been begging me to come out ever since. Sadly, things like college and finances always got in the way so I never got the chance. When she told me she was getting married though, I knew I was going. I didn’t care if I had to walk to Montana, I wasn’t missing this moment for anything in the world.
Change of Pace
Stepping off the plane in Bozeman, Montana you are smacked in the face with breath taking mountains and endless blue skies. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Even when I lived in the country side for a short while during college, those mountains could hardly be considered mountains compared to these.
I grew up and still live in a fairly congested area, and the endless open road wasn’t something I was use to. It was peaceful and scenic, a good change from the constant construction I’m use to seeing. The mannerisms of the people out in Montana wasn’t like anything at home. Simple things like the pizza delivery man having a conversation with you when delivering your food was so foreign to me. It was a nice change because I’m use to people pounding on their horn if you don’t turn at the yellow light.
Things To Do
While there, we spent a good amount of time in Downtown Bozeman and it was absolutely adorable. We had a Bachelorette Brunch at small, cozy, rustic cafe called Jam! and I’m already looking forward to going back, the food was that good. My typical test for a breakfast joint is the hash browns and Jam! gets the Shelly Seal™️ of approval.
I also got to experience the famous Yellowstone National Park while I was out west. I know I keep saying this but honestly, it was like nothing I have ever seen before. The mountains, the wildlife, the undisturbed parts of our earth made it feel like I was on a different planet. My one tip for new visitors though would be to pace yourself because, the elevation will affect you out of no where if you’re not use to it.
The most memorable part of my time in Yellowstone was waking up from my nap in the car to see a Bison right outside my window. The city girl in me was certainly caught off guard.
City Girls Final Thoughts
Before I took off from Philadelphia, my older brother texted me to take some time and think about life outside of where I grew up. There were multiple times during my trip that I took a moment to think about if I could see myself living in a town like Bozeman. My final verdict you ask?
Truthfully, I don’t think I could. I had an incredible time visiting. It was beautiful, peaceful and I truly can’t wait to go back and visit again. However, I love the accessibility to different adventures I have with where I live. I’ve got the small towns, big cities, mountains, beaches, you name it, we probably have it in some form. I also couldn’t handle snow in September. Pennsylvania already has a short Fall, I couldn’t live with it getting even shorter.
The only thing Montana has that Philadelphia doesn’t is my best friend and her daughter, which is a major drawback. Thankfully thought, this allows us both a reason to travel.
Thanks for sticking with me while I enjoyed my time away with loved ones. I’ll be explaining more in my next post about why I’ve taken such an abrupt break.
Are you more of a big city person or small town country living? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, until next time…
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