“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Well, look what's happened. It's summer again in Montana, and time for all manner of fun, excitement and enjoyment under the Big Sky. Can't you just feel it? We've been here a long time, but still have not explored all of nature's nooks and crannies, attended every possible fest or festivity, savored the same sunrise or sunset. And, every time you think you just might have done enough, seen enough, experienced enough, something new and surprising will grab your attention, and off you go...on another "distinctly" Montana adventure.
We don't want to suggest that the possibilities are endless (though they just might be); but what does seem endless is the obvious joy we find in happy faces, spirited hoots-and-hollers, trail-weary grins, and the very human radiance of appreciation or accomplishment. The best part of a Montana summer is often the unexpected act or encounter that you carry with you for years to come--topping-out on a mountain, roaring down a river, spotting an eagle or grizzly bear, a campfire serenade, a magnificent vista--something that breaks free inside you and frees you from your everyday self.
So, yes, this place called Montana is big enough and wonderful enough to meet all your needs, whatever the season of your life.It just so happens that summer offers the best opportunity to "steer yourself in any direction you choose."
And just what are you waiting for...Adventure? Inspiration? Spirit? We have it all, so off you go!
Bill Muhlenfeld is owner and publisher of Distinctly Montana magazine and other publications. He lives in Bozeman with his wife and co-owner, Anthea George, and always finds time to enjoy the great outdoors, when he is not writing about it...