I drove home a bit sad yesterday. My spring break with my bro up in Montana was just what I needed at this transitional phase of my life. Just like any vacation, reality hits hard when you come home. We managed to pack in quite a bit in just a week.
On Wednesday we took out the bikes and enjoyed the spring weather up on the trails. Note my brother’s awesome cycling outfit: bike shorts, long johns and elastic bottomed sweat pants over them. Good thing his dogs don’t care what he’s wearing. Apparently his girlfriend doesn’t care either.
Friday brought more snow so we headed to Montana Snowbowl, the local ski mountain. For the price of my local mountain here in Laramie, Snowy Range, we got terrain similar to A-Basin times five. Seriously, this place was full of steeps, spines, bumps, trees, and cliffs. And to think that Montana has many hidden gems like this that don’t get over run with the typical crowds of ski resorts. My legs were literally burning after two runs. Of course, it could probably have been from our weight workout the day before.
Saturday we wanted to ski, but honestly my body was sore and hurting from the week. I love these kinds of vacations! So, we decided to hike into some hot springs instead. They were about an hours drive away just over the border in Idaho. The sign said 1.5 miles from the trail head to the hot springs, but my internal garmin told me it was probably only a mile. Either way we got a little exercise before soaking in the pools and sipping on some whiskey.
Sunday brought the sad, long drive back. I was dreading this. As much as I love road trips, I don’t always like doing all the driving. I like taking naps and reading books. Instead, this fur ball got to take all the naps.
Of course I was a bit tired from the week and 12 hours of straight driving is not very exciting. Especially coupled with the fact that I didn’t want to leave my broski or the mountains of Montana. Things are wrapping up here on this part of my life journey in the hills of Wyoming and I am ready for the next adventure. I’m not sure where it will be or what it will bring, I know that I’m just ready for it.
Best spring break you’ve taken? I never really took them in my undergrad, but since I started teaching I have done some cool trips. Napa, Zion, The Collegiates. Montana X2
Do you enjoy being the driver or passenger on the road trip? Half and half. But, if I had to choose-passenger. I’m a great navigator, reader, and napper.