Milkmaid in Montana,

Good morning Canada, and the rest of the pearly world.

After days spent in Montana, I am glad to be home.  I have missed the scents of vanilla that decorate my sheets, and the cracks in the corner of my kitchen. I have missed the soaps beside my bathtub, and the crumbs of dog food on the living room floor.   To travel is a beautiful thing. To return from travel with a heart gratified by home is even more beautiful.

 
 As we crossed the border, the sights of Canada remained. The mountains appeared as archways into heaven, the hills rolled like sculpted dough, and the sky was animatedly existent.  I felt very much at home in the scenery, and the weather of Northwestern Montana.  The marked camber in the hills, the well formed skyline, and the wildlife. All of it looked so familiar to me.   When I peaked through my window, there were baby deer licking road salts, and giant elk on the edge of the forest. The road curved and met land that looked parallel to the Canadian pines.  I could never fall into my pillow while at travel,  it would be a waste to sleep when the windows are a moving picture. 

The United States welcomed us with road signs, lower gas prices, statues of cowboys, and American flags.   When we arrived, we tugged at our American bills instantly to spend at a grocery market. As we walked down the aisles of prepackaged foods,  we found wild flavors of potato chips, and a number of soda flavors foreign to Canada.  By the end of an hour, our cart was filled with fats, sugars, and liquor.  (You can't be mad at belly growth when you're on vacation, it's just part of the fun.)


(Interesting fact : In Canada, alcohol is placed on the shelves of liquor stores and you must be 18 to enter. In the United States, wines and beers are placed on grocery store shelves! )

 
After market wandering, we drove through the town of Kalispell, to find our place of stay. My pa booked us a historic home located on main street.  As we drove, I marveled at the ancient wooden buildings. It was as if the streets were sprinkled with historical glow.   I imagined cowboys following dusty trails into town, with high crowned hats attached to their brow, and cotton neckerchiefs for mopping up sweat. I imagined stallions and mares. I envisioned myself a saloon girl in a petticoat bodice with hair curled like a pig's tail. . . .  For 60 ticks of the second hand, I belonged to the wild west.


Main street (where we stayed) had antique houses that were built and lived in by saloon owners, brothels, teachers, explorers, and authors.  Each house had it's own paint, along with it's own story.  The house we lived in was covered in crooked steps, and pictures of mountains. In the front yard, there was a water well designed by bricks. In the back, there was a rusty ladder for fruit picking and apples that looked like baby pumpkins covering the green.    I wish I could take the house, and it's belongings, and travel it to Calgary, so I could breath in it daily. 


The days in Montana were spent eating, looking at the sky, and trading paper money for cloth and jewelry.  I am lucky, so very lucky to be given the charms of travel, and to be given the distraction of foreign soil.  Each time I leave my country, I am reminded of how beautiful it is, and how grateful I am to be Canadian.  Travel, particularly road trips, cause me to grow more wholesome, and at peace with my surroundings.   Next stop, Honolulu (hey mom!)

Whether it's by thought, or by feet, happy travels everyone :-)


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dress | clothes swap when I was in NYC | (courtesy of keiko lynn)
lace up wedges | blowfish shoes | sponsor 
jewel collar | http://www.chicwish.com/ | $18
milkmaid braid courtesy of my mum

40 comments:

  1. your trip sounds wonderful. I adore traveling as well, but nothing is better than coming back home and getting to sleep in your own bed. You look just lovely in this outfit.

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  2. Your photos look gorgeous! So glad you had a great time in the US. Montana does seem like a beautiful state. :) <3

    toni

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  3. you look lovely! <3

    Meghan

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  4. you look so gorgeous, love the great photos too

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  5. Anonymous27.2.12

    Let's get married (:
    I love your outfit and your hair braided is so special. Glad to see you love your homeland. Wish I could visit Canada sometime

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  6. lovee the look
    and your hair amazing ♥

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  7. Lovely outfit! <3
    xo Amanda
    http://lovely-charming-delightful.blogspot.com

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  8. God bless America, right? Your trip looks lovely, and so do you.


    /Avy
    http:// mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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  9. Your outfit is simply incredible. That top is pure perfection. I love it!
    Great pictures!

    -Violet

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  10. BEAUTIFUL look! i love your hair!!!
    however the gas prices there make me soooo sad :( a full dollar LESS than what i have to pay. jealousy.

    xo
    www.fluentbeauty.com

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  11. I am so regretting not purchasing those booties, they are fab. Lovely collar.
    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  12. What I love most about you is that your life seems to be a fairy tale, a princess who wears beautiful dresses and each day is a new adventure. Amy, you are beautiful. I absolutely adore everything in here. xx

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  13. love the collared piece. cute outfit

    http://herpersona.blogspot.com.au/
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  14. Your hair is darling and I adore the bejeweled collar!

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  15. Hi there beautiful Amy! I really dig this post as well as your outfit! And oh man your words have an incredibly picturesque effect to them. I dig how you went into details describing your stay in the magic of montana first so one could paint it in the mind, and then posted some pictures of it at the very end, giving us time for our imaginations to flourish!
    I think I'll always dig your writing :)
    Cheers, have wonderful Canadian days! It is indeed a pretty sweet country :)

    Ginela Gonzalez
    http://frivolitydulcimer.blogspot.com/

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  16. you are stunning! and you have mad style. love the milkmaid look here....you pull it off so well. now following!

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  17. Lovely look my dearrrrr! love your outfit and ur hair is so cute!

    XOXOJOANNIE
    ANURBAN-EXPLORER.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  18. Love your hair so much, very classy. The wild west might be gone, but if you look hard enough it sometimes shows itself for a brief moment to those who look. Sounds like you had an amazing trip :)

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  19. STUNNING photos, you have such great style.

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  20. super cute outfit! so simple yet sophisticated.
    Love & Labels

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  21. These pictures look like a period movie...

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  22. Those boots are so gorgeous!

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.blogspot.com

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  23. super pretty and classic!

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  24. I love this outfit. Just discovered your blog through Kanata. Love finding fellow Canadian bloggers!

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  25. Amy, I have featured you on my blog as "what is inspiring me lately" I hope you don't mind. I have linked back to your blog. I wanted to share you with my readers. Beautiful outfit and how awesome that it was swapped with Keiko Lynn. Thank you, Dawn Suitcse Vignettes xo

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  26. oh wow! i love this outfit! the skirt is so pretty, you are so pretty and delicate and nice looking! I love it when bloglovin shows me you have a post to read!!!!

    Hayley xx
    www.addictionstoshopping.blogspot.com

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  27. Your trip sounds like a romantic western. Glad to have you on Canadian soil. I love your blouse :)

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  28. Wow! You have a wonderful blog! Thank you for the comment on mine :-)

    // http://marierodkjersfotoblog.blogspot.com

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  29. Anonymous1.3.12

    i've never wanted to go to Montana but you make me want to go . I always take for granted how beautiful it is to go on road trips. I think I won't do that anymore now that I've read this xoxx

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  30. #1. you are absolutely stunning!
    #2. thanks so much for stopping by my blog. so glad i found yours!!

    xo the egg out west.

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  31. just a quick note to say thanks for stopping by our blog! :) happy to have found yours.

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  32. beautiful photos!

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  33. Canada always looks beautiful but rural Montana sure draws me in as well- & staying in a historic area sounds so cool. You look lovely also, love how you paired the similar colors together & you look so adorable in milkmaid braids. I wish I had someone to do them for me : )
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  34. So lovely, an absolutely sweet outfit!
    ~Eau de Violet

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  35. That outfit is beyond cuteness!!! absolutely love it! Following oyu on Bloglovin:)

    Kisses, Lucy:)

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  36. What stunning pictures!! Beautiful outfit! You look gorgeous in that top. And how lovely is that collar?!

    x aliya
    www.papermoonsandmacarons.blogspot.com

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  37. amazing photoss!! they are full of magic loving it!!
    xx
    Misteu & Lay
    http://airedevainilla.blogspot.com/

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  38. Hey, you really have to visit Paris, I fell in love with this city (: Where are you from? (:
    lots of love from Belgium ;p

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  39. You are the cutest L x

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