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I'm always so excited to hop on a plane and journey to some far off, exotic place that I fail to remember all the beauty and diversity in my own country. This year for my annual birthday trip I've decided to travel to Montana. I've long wanted to visit this State and my cousin now plays in an amateur hockey league there. My home base will be Helena, but I plan on visiting Bozeman, Missoula, and possibly taking a train trip to Whitefish. This is a real cowboy State, filled with ranchers and amazing mountainous landscapes. The main objective is to take a winter excursion to the famed Yellowstone National Park. Such adventures are only possible in winter via snowmobile or snow coaches, but what awaits are endless snowy landscapes, bison, wolves and plenty of frozen wonders. It's also possible I'll be able to visit an authentic Native American reservation, as the family who hosts my cousin during his hockey season are members of a tribe.

Do I have any readers in Montana? Suggestions on what to see? Tentative travel dates are 18 February - 24 February. I will be pleased to meet any readers who live in the area!

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genka8
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm envious, I wish I could enjoy such a cold weather. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near, and I rode my motorcycle to work this frosty morning. Yellowstone must be incredible all covered in snow and without tourists.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Most people hate the cold, I guess I'm strange. I've never been on a snowmobile. Hopefully they aren't too difficult to control. I think it will be a fun adventure. I don't want to ride in one of the snow coaches because it's difficult to take photos through the windows. So a snowmobile seems to be the best option.
onkel_hans
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:03 pm (UTC)
You know about the snow/mud traction tracks? When I stayed in Moscow, they helped me a lot. I even pulled a 5-ton truck from a snow bank using them.



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peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
Sure, but most of the park is closed to traffic during the winter. Only authorized vehicles and tour operators are permitted access. They use the snowmobiles of snow coaches, something like this:

 photo yellowstone-tour-guide-snow-coach-tours_zpsdmlvfwqa.jpg

I get nervous driving in the snow because I have very little experience. It's rare we get snow storms in Virginia.
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kichiro_sora
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC)
If you are not skiing - what else to to in Montana in winter than to eat!

Best steak in the world in a really unique restaurant in ghost town 20 minutes from Helena. I was there some time ago, but checked the tripadvisor, and looks like place is still the best:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g45266-d518074-Reviews-Marysville_House_Bar_Restaurant-Marysville_Montana.html

Be warned : it's not your usual restaurant. But well worth the trip
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! :) I plan on eating plenty of steaks there! It looks like a total dive bar/restaurant. I like such places with character. :)
Давид Михельсон
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
Pedro the Cowboy
Wild west is the land where cowboy lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5f2NKWrm3M
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Pedro the Cowboy
Cute. :) I've never heard of "Peppa Pig."
pin_gwin
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
I 99% sure where this picture was taken :)))
It's real close to Boseman... you better use AWD there.
http://pin-gwin.livejournal.com/542153.html
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
This is a photo from Porcelain Basin. Great pics in your post. :) Is it your children in some of the photos?
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3as7
Jan. 11th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
I want to see Yellowstone in winter. I was there last summer, and it was absolutely beautiful.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC)
This will be my first time there. Looking forward to it!
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graze
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
i wanna go to yellowstone in winter too! what airport is closest/cheapest to fly to?
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
It's not so cheap to fly there from the Washington, DC area. I think Bozeman is the best city. Tickets are usually between $400 - 500 from DC, but I will use my miles on United Airlines to Helena for free.
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elena_88888
Jan. 11th, 2016 07:57 pm (UTC)
Awaiting for your report ;-))
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
Hopefully it will be fun, interesting and A LOT of snow! :)
g_kar
Jan. 11th, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yellowstone sounds awesome! Can't wait for lots of photos :)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 11th, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to go there, but it's often crowded in the summer months. So winter seems like the perfect time to visit. Most people don't like the freezing cold, so I hope it won't be filled with too many tourists in February.
aavenger
Jan. 12th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
Wild state, lots of snow and freezing temperatures, wonderful scenery - sounds like a good plan for a journey :)))

Probably you may wish to visit Lily Rowan's ranch there :)))
peacetraveler22
Jan. 12th, 2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
Lapland was too expensive, so I picked Montana. I'm hoping for at least frozen eyebrows, with icicles hanging from my girly lashes or crazy curls. :))
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tombormor
Jan. 13th, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)
We've been both in Bozeman and Missoula on our way to Seattle. You know, we didn't have much time for sight seeing, but we liked the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. And we had very hard times finding anything to eat, including delivery services, in Missoula after 7 or 8 pm :)

But I fell in love with the state of Montana. Have a great trip, have fun!
peacetraveler22
Jan. 13th, 2016 02:51 pm (UTC)
I remember you liked this State. I'm sure I will have the same positive reaction, particularly in winter with the wonderful snowy landscapes. As you know, we rarely get to see such white beauty in Northern Virginia. Btw, your baby is so cute!! I just want to squeeze her cheeks and give her a hug! Post more photos on FB. :)) Say hi to Simon!
moonrainbow
Jan. 13th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
This is an absolutely great idea! You may think about getting into Glacier National Park as well, where the landscapes have to be just as amazing.
I would be interested to know some practical information about winter travels in Yellowstone National Park, such as - where to book and at which cost, what you need to bring with you, what are the itineraries and routes allowed for snowmobile excursions, and so on. Maybe one day I will go there in winter to see geyzers in snow. Our world has so many unforgettable sights that just are there waiting to be seen.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 13th, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hi Slava! I will be sure to write about all the details and prices of the snow mobile excursions and logistics of a winter visit to Yellowstone. I'm hoping during this season there will be a lot less crowds and tourists.
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