Montana and John Mayer
From Great Outdoor Store
A few weekends ago a few friends and I ventured out west to explore Paradise Valley near Livingston, Montana. With a place to stay and zero plans, we enjoyed a spontaneous weekend exploring the area. Amidst cozy cabin hangs, we ventured out to fly fish, waterfall hunt, and soak in a hot spring. The most ~unique~ feature of Paradise Valley is that the likelihood of encountering a black bear on a trail is about the same as the likelihood of encountering John Mayer. Mr. Mayer vacations in a cabin located approximately one mile from our own vacation cabin. One of these potential trail friends you can approach. The other? You probably should not. I’ll leave you to decide which is which.
We did not, in fact, catch Mr. Mayer in his natural habitat, but we did get Huckleberry shakes at the famous Mark’s In and Out. It was a good tradeoff. My weekend in paradise reminded me that the best weekends involve good pals, adventure, and probably a huckleberry shake (or two).
My Weekend Essentials:
-Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket: This breathable and highly compressible rain jacket proved to be the MVP of the trip. The jacket’s packable size made it easy to toss in my pack or car and the fabric is not wildly noisy like most rain jackets tend to be.
-Osprey Talon 22: This trusty pack fit all of my day hike essentials: snacks, more snacks, and water.
-Oboz Sawtooth II Low: I can always count on these lightweight yet durable boots on any adventure. Whether it’s a sandy path in UT or a snowy hike in MT, these boots are up for the job.
Becca is an aspiring physician heading to USD this fall. You’ll often find her searching for the best spot in town for coffee, attending a concert or adventuring outside. Some of her favorite spots in the world include Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park, Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, and her backyard. Recent travels have taken her to Montana, Hawaii, Utah, and Ireland.