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How beautiful is this?? Today I’m doing something a bit different on the blog. Sharing with you some of the details of my trip to Montana, and sharing some tips for living a healthy life, getting in touch with nature, and engaging your family to be completely unplugged.
A few weeks ago, you might have seen me post some gorgeous pictures of the beautiful Big Sky state. What you didn’t know was the chaos that led up to this vacation. We desperately needed some high quality family time, some time spent away from our phones and the internet, but also some time just enjoying what our beautiful country has to offer.
So we spent an entire day traveling, getting to our final destination: Glacier National Park. I wish I could describe to you just how beautiful this place is, even the pictures just don’t do it justice.
One of the things that happened along the way, was that my husband left his suitcase at home, and his iPhone on the plane. For 10 days, he had very few clothes and no access to the outside world. Guess what? Not only did he survive, but we were blessed because of it in the process.
One of the things we wanted to accomplish during this trip, was getting our kids interested in hiking. Glacier National Park has thousands of trails, some perfectly suitable for the kids. We wanted to teach them just how perfectly peaceful, energizing, and wonderful a day hike can be. To successfully keep the kids engaged, preparation is key. We visited a fantastic local health grocery store, and grabbed plenty of snacks. But most importantly, we stocked up on water!!
This Mountain Valley Spring Water was a necessity for us! After a day of sweating, the four of us each went through an entire bottle. I love that this water is actually bottled in the US, sodium free, and full of natural minerals that replenish electrolytes. Mountain Valley Spring Water comes from Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas where it naturally rises to the surface of the earth and is bottled – untouched – since established in 1871. Although we only tried the Spring Water variation, I am excited that they offer other flavors such as: Sparkling Lime Twist and Sparkling Blackberry Pomegranate. They can be found in your local Whole Foods!
With our bottled water and snacks in hand, we took time for several breaks along the way. Including this gorgeous halfway point on our hike to Avalanche Lake:
I had several friends ask me about our trip and all the activities we did to keep our kids from “getting bored”. What I want to say, is that when you spend time with beautiful scenery and positive attitudes, there is no such thing as packing a schedule full to keep your family entertained. Just be. Fly by the seat of your pants, enjoy local culture, talk to people who live in the area, find out what it’s like to live in a different part of the country or World. Some other random fun we had in Montana was visiting a local brewery, listening to music at the Farmer’s Market, visiting a ranch and riding horses, feeding animals on a farm, and kayaking at Flathead Lake. None of these activities were “planned” weeks in advance. We relaxed and took it day by day.
This happy smiling boy is excited about his accomplishment! Not once did the kids complain they were hot or tired, but instead enjoyed the hike in its entirety.
Most importantly, we stayed off all electronic devices (me by choice, my husband by accident, haha!). Other added benefits we never realized: we all slept better, we worried about absolutely nothing, and we had the best heart to heart conversations with our kids. They have since taken an interest in finding local hikes, and getting some kayaks for the family. Those 10 days were a few of the best 10 days of our lives, and ones we’ll always remember!
I’d love to hear from you! What are your plans for the summer to enjoy nature? Have you made steps to unplug?