Our plans for Autumn’s first backpacking trip were foiled back in April, when she came down with a cold the day before our planned departure. The Coast Camp at Point Reyes had been chosen for nostalgic reasons as much as practical ones. Not only is it close and comfortable, but Jody and I took our first backpacking trip together there back in 2001. The trip was on our calendar since she was in utero, and the decision to be responsible parents stung a little bit.
Looking at our calendar, the weekends through May and June were laden with events and trips, leaving little time to spend on the trail. But one option held promise: Montana. We were planning a trip to Billings for Doug & Jordan’s wedding. It seemed like a no-brainer to tack an extra day on the trip and explore a bit of the Big Sky state. So we did. Doug and Jordan pulled together some great recommendations and we found ourselves blissed out in the Beartooth Mountains. We spent just one night at the Woodbine Campground (along the Stillwater River), but the drive over Beartooth Pass and back along the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River rounded out an excellent little road trip.
It will come as no surprise that the occasion was well documented and captured a bit of the fun we had with Autumn’s first night in a tent.
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