Throughout our trip, M kept singing our mantra/jingle: "the great....American....WEST!"
We stopped in Missoula for lunch. We picked up Five Guys' burgers and had a picnic by the river. There was a great playground with an old-fashioned carousel! M sat on the dragon long enough for a photo op, but once he found out that it moved up-and-down, he downgraded to the chariot. I guess he doesn't remember that he handled the up-and-down horse on the San Diego carousel just fine in 2014!
Bozeman was our destination for the evening, where M played waiter in the restaurant and enjoyed 2 seconds in the hotel pool and 30 minutes in the hot tub. Hotel pools became our saving grace for getting the wiggles out on this trip!
|Roaring at the T-Rex|
After breakfast, we went to the Museum of the Rockies, which is great. They have a wonderful dinosaur exhibit and D & I probably could have spent all day there! M mostly ran around and roared at the dinosaurs, so I'd say he enjoyed it.
I also highly recommend taking a 3 year old to a planetarium show. We watched the movie about black holes, which was fascinating, and M's reactions were priceless ("LOOK OUT, HERE COMES THE SPACE ROCK!!!").
|Camping in the children's section at MoR|
They also have a working pioneer homestead and other exhibits on early settler life and Native American life. It really is a great museum and worth the effort if you happen to be in the Yellowstone/Bozeman/Big Sky area!
|Bison sculpture constructed of musical instruments - of course our music lover found the electric guitar!|
|The famous Roosevelt arch, the gateway to Yellowstone!|