I went to Montana in October because when I was there in 2019, I fell in love with it — Northwestern Montana specifically — and wanted to see if it was an illusion. As I was sitting in the balcony of my Airbnb cabin while looking at the above scene sipping on my morning coffee with my closest neighbor a half-mile away, it was hard not to totally fall in love.

Downtown Missoula
Downtown Missoula
Look at Missoula!

My boss is going on maternity leave in late January, so I decided that I would take a vacation before she leaves — I don’t think I can handle another six months of no vacation even on antidepressants! So I’m headed back to NW Montana then. Yes, this native Californian will be going to fucking Montana in the dead of winter. For vacation.

I do want to see if I can handle the winter there and see how feasible it is for me to move there at some point in my life. Let’s see how it goes.