For most people October is a time to settle the kids into school and decorate for Halloween. I, however, have found myself in six different US states and Thailand to finish the month. What a tornado of travel and seeing old friends and new places.
I drove from Jackson Wyoming to Montana and stopped in my favorite places along the way. The Emporium, in Victor Idaho, has lovely milkshakes. Mine that day consisted of chocolate, peanut butter, and espresso. What a way to start the day. Onward I met pretty much every type of weather. First there was sun and then overcast and then rain sleet snow and sun again. They say in Wyoming and Montana if you don't like the weather wait 15 minutes, or in my case travel through all of it in three hours.
Upon arriving in Big Sky Montana I had to eat at Alberto's. This Mexican Restaurant sits in the meadows and is a must for their nice selection of tequila flights and great traditional tacos. The next day I made it to a delightful shop selling many different naturally made products. The one on my friends list was for bone broth; two big jars of homemade bone broth in a freezer full of specialty items. This is no butcher shop, however, it is The Cauldron Botanicals, a specialty shop with herbal remedies, specialty teas, bulletproof coffee and of course as I mentioned, bone broth. The space and the owner Tara were lovely and I cannot wait to stop in on my way back through.
In the evening it is mandatory to throw the ball to the most famous dog in Big Sky, Gus. After that is usually a stop at Gallatin Riverhouse Grill for excellent BBQ, and every time I eat there I leave stuffed but cannot finish half my meal, it is so much food and so delicious. Once satiated a stop at Milkie’s Bar is necessary. It is your typical hole in the wall bar, great fun for having drinks and meeting all the locals.
I had to pass through Bozeman on my travels and I enjoyed some shopping at Gallatin Valley Mall. Living in Jackson is like living on a deserted island. Shopping for clothes and other things is few and far between, because of price or just lack of availability. I tend to visit malls throughout my travels to stock up on much-needed attire, like a reasonably priced rain jacket for Thailand. After stocking up on necessary clothing items, my friend and I enjoyed a great meal at Dave's Sushi. This experience made me really appreciate the Bozeman/Big Sky community. I was dining with a friend who was going through chemotherapy and I could not believe how many people knew her and stopped to show their love and support. Bozeman is growing but still stays tight knit among the residents. It is a wonderful place to explore.
A few short days and it was time to move onto my old college town of Missoula Montana.