Big Sky, MT – Summer 2020

Big Sky. Have you heard of it? Have you been? I have and I’m in love.

All of our 2020 plans were thrown for a loop. After getting stir crazy, we finally booked an Airbnb and drove to the Boone area in the North Carolina mountains in July 2020. Right before we left, a client of my husbands called and asked if we wanted to use his cabin in the Moonlight Basin area after he and his family leave for the summer. Um, YES PLEASE! It was just 3 weeks after our return from the mountains, but we had a lot of vacation time and weren’t upset about 2 vacations in a row!

We were supposed to be in Big Sky to snowboard in March of 2020, but that was right as the world was coming to a halt so it was cancelled. Having the opportunity to visit in the summer was something we didn’t want to pass up! We weren’t quite ready for the little one to fly that far during the pandemic so this was a mom and dad trip.

Our flight left on a Saturday, we landed in Bozeman, and picked up our rental car. Our car had 4WD, but we didn’t need it in the summer. The drive to Big Sky is about an hour from the airport. If you’re looking to save money on groceries for your trip, stop at the Albertson’s in Bozeman before heading south. There is a great market in the Meadow area of town, but it is definitely more pricey.

Day 1

Our morning began with a beautiful and easy hike to Ousel Falls. We’re early birds, so we were the only ones there for quite a while. I imagine the trail will be much busier as the day goes on. For these Floridians, it was a bit chilly.

Later in the afternoon, we went to Loan Peak! Elevation 11,166 feet – the views were amazing!

Day 2

Day 2 started with archery, which I’ve never done. I wasn’t terrible, but I certainly wasn’t good. It was a lot of fun and a good arm workout! The weather was perfect – beautiful blue skies and moderate temperatures.

Later, we made our way back down to base and went ziplining. Due to precautionary measures in place, all tours were private so it was just us and the guides.

Day 3

We tried our hand at fly fishing…. and did not do well. The guide felt terrible but we still had a great time! Everywhere he took us was gorgeous and it was just so much fun being outside all day. Plus, we looked really good in those waders.

It was a long day so we spent the rest of the afternoon in the hot tub at the cabin.

Doesn’t this view look fake? It was incredible.

Day 4

My favorite – horseback riding. I’m not a good rider, but I love it! The tour was so great and so incredibly beautiful, just like everywhere in Big Sky.

Later that day, we went to Porcupine Trail. We only passed a few other people so most of the time we had the trail all to ourselves. There is not much shade on this trail so definitely wear a hat and wear sunscreen!

Day 5

Cameron and I were up before the sun so we decided to take on the Beehive Basin hike. It is 6.6 miles roundtrip. Some parts were easy and some were strenuous. If you plan to go, start early, take your time, and pack/wear layers. It was beautiful and worth the time we spent on the trail! When we were approaching the end, we saw some families with small children attempting to start the hike. Not sure if they made it…I wouldn’t recommend this one for littles.

Our final activity of the week was whitewater kayaking! We’ve always wanted to go whitewater rafting but weren’t sure if it was a good idea to do a group activity due to Covid. So we booked the kayaks and hoped that we would enjoy it. We LOVED it! I can’t say that enough. If you’ve never tried, please do. It was so thrilling and fun! Cameron tipped his in one of the rapids and fell out. Thankfully the tour company had a photographer on the bank of the river to capture the moment for me!

The next day we flew home to our little one. I can’t wait until things are back to “normal” and I can feel comfortable flying her out there with us!

Double rainbow after a quick rain shower

A detailed itinerary, with tour company information, is available for purchase for $25. Accepted payment is Venmo.

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