My extended family traveled to Missoula, Montana last week to celebrate the life of my dear aunt. It was a sad occasion that brought us there, but we did exactly what my aunt would have wanted us to do: enjoy our precious time together, and explore the grandeur of her home state. Montana is spectacular.

      Traveling with kids isn’t easy, but showing them the world and seeing how much they love to explore and learn makes my heart full and grateful.

      Denver International Airport
      Denver International Airport

      Our trip got off to a rough start, with a 24-hour unexpected layover in Denver. We didn’t have much time to spend in Montana, so losing a day wasn’t what any of us wanted.

      Daniel seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time

      One benefit of having to stay a night in Denver was that we got to show the kids the Colorado Rockies that we love so much. I have the feeling that this excited look on Daniel’s face is the beginning of a lifelong love of the mountains.

      Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park
      Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

      Finally we arrived in Montana, excited to see those Rocky Mountains close up.

      Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park
      Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

       

      Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park
      Katie was an fantastic traveler. This little two-year-old became quite the explorer!

       

      Cousin time in the mountains

       

      Glacier National Park
      Seeing my children enjoy nature brings me such joy.

       

      Sunset over Flathead Lake

       

      Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula
      Antlers at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula

       

      Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula
      Little elk and big elk

       

      Missoula airport
      Heading home

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      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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