Montana Travel Diary

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I recently took a family vacation to Big Sky, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen some of my favorite shots, but I wanted to do a total round up on the blog! There were so many amazing views, and they made for some incredible shots.

Pictures just don’t do justice to this trip, so I decided to make a travel video as well. I’ve never done this before, and I took all the footage on my iPhone, but I hope you’ll check it out for a better look at my trip! (My family also stayed a few days longer than me, I had to get home for work!)


The video is mostly landscape shots, but I like the few cheesy shots of me because I look so so darn happy. Like really happy. Full-on-wrinkly-nose happy like in the title photo of this post.

It was easy to be happy on this trip. We took hikes to Lava Lake and Ousel Falls, trekked to the 11,166ft mountain top, and zip-lined back down the mountain. We also visited Yellowstone to see Old Faithful (a geyser that goes off once every 90 minutes) and all the other amazing hot springs and pools surrounding Old Faithful park.

It was so hard to narrow down the pictures to just a few, but here are some of my favorites!



the view from the Denver airpot was INCREDIBLE


The “5” (but really 7) mile hike to Lava Lake was worth it. I climbed a giant pile of rocks, ate some gummy wears, and made friends with a chipmunk while soaking up this view.

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Hiking to Ousel Falls with my little brother, who is anything but little
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Old Faithful, Yellowstone

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My mom’s favorite, Morning Glory Pool




Grand Canyon of Yellowstone



Zip lining on Big Sky mountain



around 9,000ft elevation, after taking the ski lift
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the top of Big Sky! This Florida girl wasn’t built for hiking through the snow

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God was showing off a little but I don’t mind
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and of course, no good vacation is complete without an awe-worthy sunset



I'm Kristen, a small business owner living in the sunny state of Florida. I blog about running my Etsy shop (Lemon and Lily Co.), small business tips, & lifestyle content. I'm all about community over competition & finding the joy in every day.


  1. Jim Kilton
    June 28, 2017

    Kristen, I am so glad that you had a good/ great time out west. Great photos. Njoy the rest of your summer and good luck next semester.
    Love Grandpa

    1. kristenshane
      June 28, 2017

      Thanks so much!

  2. xoleahgrace
    June 28, 2017

    HOW GORGEOUS ARE THESE VIEWS! Oh my goodness. Rock on for taking your camera (& actually using it.) I told you how I went to yosemite, i took my camera and took maybe 4 pictures total! Lol. These are awesome. I’m glad you had a great time, Kristen!

    1. kristenshane
      June 28, 2017

      I’m still obsessing over how pretty it all was! Even without cell service most of the time, I had my phone in my hand non stop, I wanted to capture everything! But sometimes it’s good too to not worry about pictures and be truly in the moment. Thanks girl!!

  3. CassieMorganM
    June 28, 2017

    Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.

  4. allthingsallisonmarie
    June 29, 2017

    The views are amazing!

  5. Looks like so much fun, and so, so, so beautiful! Those mountains are gorgeous!
    xo, Alexis

    1. kristenshane
      June 30, 2017

      It really was!!! Some of the best views ever

  6. Daydreams in Dresses
    June 30, 2017

    Kristen, I loved this video! I can’t believe you captured such beautiful shots on your iPhone!
    I can’t wait to see more of your travel diaries!! <3

    1. kristenshane
      July 3, 2017

      Thanks, girl!!

  7. meganhetisimer
    July 6, 2017

    Awesome pictures! I’m looking forward to getting out west sometime in the near future!


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