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Missoula: Eats: Big Dipper Ice Cream

On a hot summer’s day, is there really anything better than a crispy, vanilla-y cone full of luscious, creamy ice cream? Well, maybe a cold glass of rosé but that’s a whole other post. If you happen to find yourself in Missoula, Montana then you, my friend, are in luck. Because we have, Big Dipper Ice Cream. Big Dipper Ice Cream They started serving up the good stuff in 1995 and Missoulians have been elbowing each other out of the way...

Moving to the Mountains

Packing Up I’ve been in Missoula for the past couple of weeks packing up our little house, sprucing it up so the next owner will walk through the door and fall in love. I want that with all of my heart, for the next owner to feel that glorious sense of home every time she walks through the garden gate. And, damn, does this sweet house deserve it! In its 102 years, it’s been loved and abused and loved again. I...

Cruising Home and Settling In

  We made it! Ahh, our feet are firmly and happily planted on Montana soil once again and we haven’t stopped moving since we arrived. We’ve reconnected with friends and family, I’ve started my pastry class (more on that soon!), we went and checked out the old motel we bought (that’s a whole post on its own) and Erik even raced in the Rocky Mountain Roubaix. I’m still trying to unpack and settle us in our new location, Dillon, MT...

3 Weeks and 2 Days Until Liberation

Sometimes you just want to go home. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love this traveling lifestyle. I still enjoy the waking up in new places and that moment of, “Where the heck are we?” and soaking in the scents and smells and sights and, well, different-ness of a new location, the peculiarities that make it so NOT home. It’s fun, exciting, always an adventure. But, so far, no matter where I am, no matter what I’m doing, after a...

Zootown

We took a little trip home this past weekend to take care of some business and reconnect with friends and family. The drive was gorgeous as usual and I must say Missoula was in fine form!   I’m crazy over the Crazies! What a beautiful mountain range. Kay and I enjoying coffee and treats at Bernices My brother Tom on the Higgins St bridge Party at Caras Park Whitewater competition on the Clark Fork Fiesta with friends and family at...

Ode to My Xtra Tufs

Ah, fickle spring. It snowed here today and as I watched my dogs frolic like maniacs while I stood ankle deep in white stuff and froze my ass off, I looked down at my ugly, brown boots and thanked my lucky stars that my good friend, Nadia, has the gift to look past the trappings and see the beauty of utilitarian. This one’s for you, Nod! Ode to My Xtra Tufs Yes, I first said “Pooh, pooh!” when Nod said,...