A MUCH needed update

Sorry that I have been straight up M.I.A. from my blog it’s been a crazy two months. I had an amazing trip to New York for the holidays where I was able to spend Christmas with my family. This was the first time that all 5 of us have been together for Christmas in YEARS! It was pretty magical! ❤

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To kick off the new year I also took a new job that I am very excited about. If you hear me calling myself the garbage lady it’s only partially true. 😉 I have taken over the public relations, marketing, and events coordinating for Republic Services. I am extremely happy with this decision and ready to help educate communities throughout Montana about waste services.

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Bryn and I also took a trip to Portland and if you couldn’t tell from my Instagram I absolutely thrived there. From all the vegan foods to the super funky furniture stores and every good beer in between, we had the best time! This was the first vacation we have taken just the two of us in over 2 years!

Now, let’s take a moment to really relish in all that Portland had to offer…

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I’m so excited about 2019, it’s already been great to me so far and we are only a month in! I want to continue posting my vegan recipes on here for you all. ( I have a red curry one that is actually THE best!) Of course I will continue to post about Yellowstone too. I promise I will have a winter post for the park soon as well.

I want to know what you all want to see more of this year too! (besides consistency lol) Please feel free to drop me a line  and let me know. I can’t wait to continue on this journey with you!

Keep wandering,

Morgan

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Finally, Fall!

It was a fantastic Summer, but as Fall officially hit on Saturday evening my inner basic white girl is rejoicing!!

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As the PSL’s begin to flow I wanted to take the time to go over some of my favorite Fall things and ways that everyone can get out and enjoy the season in this gorgeous state!

First the essential wardrobe needs for the season…flannels, chunky knit sweaters, and ankle boots.

Since the weather is completely unpredictable this time of year layering is essential. My favorite flannels that I have been rocking are actually from Target!

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I’m a fan of buffalo plaid and over sized. This allows for that trendy around the waist look that we have seen so much lately.

My favorite sweater that I have been wearing is from Sora & Co.  Go check out their website because they have so many adorable pieces that will be certain to satisfy your chunky knit needs.

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And I’m headed back to Target for my favorite ankle boots. These combat style boots are the most comfortable and are great with just about anything. I’ve worn them with jeans, leggings, and skirts.

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PC: Target

Besides the cute outfits, there are so many great things to do during the season.

First go catch the Grizzlies or the Bobcats play a home game. Missoula and Bozeman are such awesome towns that have even better fans. The University of Montana’s homecoming is Oct. 6th and Montana State’s is Oct. 13th. These would be great games to attend no matter who you are cheering for. (Go Griz!)

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Check out one of the many Fall festivals or Oktoberfest. With the great brewery scene throughout the state there are so many different seasonal brews to try! Plus these events are usually partnered with live music and great food vendors.

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Finally, you knew it was coming… go to Yellowstone! The park in the fall is a happening place for wildlife activity. Particularly for Elk as they begin to rut. The park also takes on stunning colors and the majority of the tourists are gone!

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So, grab your flannel and boots and get outside to enjoy the season!

Before you know it we will be dusting off the skis 😉

#keepwandering

Big Sky shoulder season

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noun
a travel period between peak and off-peak seasons.
Before moving to Montana I did not know what shoulder season was. So, I figured I would give you the definition.
Now, shoulder season is exactly what the area where I live is experiencing. The Bozeman/Big Sky area is a very popular summer tourist destination. Both places are located very close to Yellowstone National Park. I know that Bozeman sees about 5.2 million visitors in the summer months.
Things don’t really pick up until June. Sometimes not being surrounded by tourists is nice, and that is why I decided to do an overnight in Big Sky this weekend.
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Big Sky Resort closes basically for the month of May to prepare for the summer. So, a lot of the restaurants and shops in the Town Center and Meadow Village aren’t open.
Don’t let that discourage you! There is something spectacular about having Big Sky to yourself!
Since, the resort is closed during this time I just used Air Bnb to find a place to stay.
(Even in the off-season Bg Sky is still pricey, so just be aware.)
One of the restaurants that does stay open is Ousel & Spur. This is Italian cuisine. They have excellent pizza! We usually get a pizza and a salad and have never been disappointed!
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Another place that is open is Lotus Pad. If you like Thai food this place is a must! Here we usually get Green Curry and Drunken noodles. I have never heard anyone complain about their meal at Lotus Pad, so I would definitely check it out if you get the chance.
During peak season it is almost impossible to get into Lotus Pad, so another great reason to go now!
Be sure to stop in and get a brew at Beehive Basin. This brewery has more of a local feel to it, and I am a fan of the Green Bridge IPA.
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There is also plenty of hiking around Big Sky. You will need to be aware that there is still a lot of snow covering the trails this time of year, but just talk to the locals and they will point you in the right direction. I recommend Ousel Falls if your looking for an easy hike. The views are great, so perfect photo-op.
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Also in the area is Lava Lake which is very popular as well as Storm Castle Peak.
When the Gallatin River isn’t raging and blown out like it is now there is primo fishing in the area. With the crazy snow pack we had this year, fishing is unfortunately not an option.
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However, another great activity in the area is mountain biking. If you don’t have a bike don’t worry head to Grizzly Outfitters. They rent them out!
If being outdoors isn’t your thing some of the shops remain open now, including my favorite Montana Supply. Plus these stores have a lot of stuff marked down to 50% off. Who doesn’t love a good sale ?!
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I absolutely love Big Sky, and it is a place you can enjoy year round… even during shoulder season.
*Note shoulder season will end in Big Sky on June 8th

Microbreweries…a Montana way of life

One of my favorite things about Montana is the brewery scene. I was first introduced to craft beers in college. We enjoyed Devil’s Backbone…often, but I never really appreciated the microbrewery culture until I moved to Montana.

I love breweries for two reasons. First, the atmosphere. I feel like each brewery I go to in Montana has its own unique feel. Two, checking out different breweries has become somewhat of a tradition for me and Bryn (my boyfriend, for those of you who don’t know him).

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We have visited quite a few breweries in the two years we have been together. I think I speak for the both of us when I say that our favorite will probably always be the Mighty Mo in Great Falls. For the two of us it just feels like home!

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However, Dillon’s Beaverhead Brewing Company has lately been a favorite of mine. First of all, Dillon overall as a small town… you absolutely rock! The downtown is adorable, everyone is super friendly, and this New Yorker still gets pretty excited when she sees a real cowboy!

Beaverhead Brewing really captures the charm of Dillon. It’s a new brewery that knows how to make an IPA, but it feels like it has been a staple in the town forever.

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The cozy fireplace, super friendly staff, awesome swag (I have a shirt from there that I would wear everyday if I could), and good beer is why I am writing about this place.

I think anyone traveling to Dillon anytime soon should most deffinitely try their Beaverslide IPA or the famous Poindexter Pilsner ( I think it’s famous because Governor Bullock is caught on camera having one).

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Now, this post is not just about promoting beer. It’s about Montana’s awesome small businesses, so tonight, or this weekend I challenge you to go and support a small business. Whether it is in a small town like Dillon, or in one of our major cities like Bozeman. Snap a pic while you’re there and share it with me on Facebook or Instagram, or you can even post it right here in the comments.

I can’t wait to learn about all of your favorite small businesses!

#keepwandering