Red Lodge, Montana

We spent the last four nights in Red Lodge, Montana, a little town about an hour outside of Billings.  This town is so special to our family, as I have several family members who live there, and several who raised their families there.  As a child, it was a blissful place to spend time together, and I am so grateful that my kids had the chance to experience this goodness.

Our first night in Red Lodge, we pulled in just in time to spend an hour with the Barsness Family and Aunt Anne, while the kids played with their cousins in a three story treehouse on the cabin’s property.  We then celebrated Justin’s 41st Birthday at Bogarts on Main Street.

Day One highlights included the first of three parades leading up to the Fourth of July (the kids had a blast catching candy from those marching in the parade), lunch back at the cabin with family, and attending the Red Lodge Rodeo that night with our family.  Our kids had their first-ever funnel cake, and were in awe of the rodeo antics.  We did dual slumber parties that night, with the boys staying over with the Barsness clan, and the girls sleeping with us the RV.

Day Two highlights included the second of three parades, a picnic at Aunt Linda’s house and games with all the kids, walking Main Street and checking out the shops, and family pizza dinner back at the Barsness Cabin with some great baseball games on the grass.  That night, Lucy and Brie came over to help get the kids to bed, and Justin and I made a jailbreak with Cam and Erik for some drinks downtown at the Carbon County Steakhouse and Snow Creek Saloon.  So much fun!

Day Three, the Fourth of July, was a blast.  We attended the third and largest of the three parades, and the kids CLEANED UP with their candy haul.  After the parade, we all went back to the cabin for a BBQ, and the kids had a blast playing and it was so much fun catching up with extended family some more. That evening, we did some fireworks (the kids loved the sparklers!), and watched the fireworks show in town from the yard of the cabin.

We are SO SO grateful to the Barsness family for opening up their cabin to us for showering, hanging out, doing laundry, sharing meals, and playing.  It was an incredible time for us, full of the best memories of being together with our family in such a special place, and the kids are already asking when we are going back.  Our hearts are full.


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