Have you ever heard of a city called Bozeman? Neither have I before coming into this town. Bozeman is a small city located about 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Speaking of Yellowstone, I won’t bore you with the same details that any google search can tell you about it, so here are just a few photos from our visit.
Bozeman surprised us. We didn’t know anything about this city or what to expect. The thing that we noticed initially was that it seemed like it was a more progressive place than the towns we passed prior on this trip. The first thing was the amount of solar panels that were on the buildings and homes. It wasn’t a common sight anywhere else except for the solar fields in Nevada that we passed through. The second thing we noticed were how kind the people were that we encountered.
The first encounter happened at the The Community Market CO-OP. The CM CO-OP was better than any Whole Food or Sprouts that I have ever been to. A two story building with a market downstairs, a cafe upstairs and the entire building was powered by 48 solar panels on the roof of the building. The amount of organic choices and bulk items they sold were second to none and the prices were very reasonable. The first encounter happened like this: We brought our own bottles from the van to fill with Kombucha because the market had it on tap. I have never used a bottle cleaner on a water dispensing machine before, so instead of having the bottle pointed down for the water to push up into, I had the bottle facing upright on the wrong spigot. When I hit the cleaning button on the machine, the water jet exploded shooting water everywhere and all over me. A guy came over from the meat department came over and asked if I enjoyed the shower. We laughed I apologized profusely and he helped me clean up the water saying not to worry about it because it happens all the time and we all had a good laugh. He also suggested that we visit a place called Dean’s Zesty Booch, because it was a cool spot to visit if we are booch fans (they brew their own in house), so that is what we did.
Dean’s Zesty Booch was a great place. We parked our van in their parking lot and strolled inside. There was a band setting up outside for a performance that was happening that evening around 6-9pm. Since we had a few hours before the show began, we purchased a bottle of the blackberry vanilla booch and sat down to do some work. The guy that served us went by the name of Q. He has been there from the beginning and watched the business grow into what it is today. They had two 750 gallon tanks of booch fermenting behind the bar and a dozen wooden barrels behind it to finish up the fermenting process. While Szymon and I worked, we asked him a few questions about the best route up north and he helped us map up the drive into Whitefish, MT. He made a few suggestions and said the town was worth a visit and he knew it well because he grew up there and he also told us about the fires that were blazing in the area and told us to be careful and to stay informed.
After our second encounter, we headed back to the van to get ready for the show. While in the van, we had a couple (Tim & Carli) come up to us and they asked us if they could take a look inside. We told them about our trip and they said they did a road trip all around Mexico not too long ago. They wrote down for us the places we should visit during our drive through. They wished us luck and headed in to enjoy the show. We also met a nice 2 nice women that came by and asked the same. They said that we were brave and that they would love to follow our journey online.
Once at the show “The Band” that was covering “The Band” (Bob Dylan’s band) was playing and they put on one heck of a show. There were so many people there and everyone was laughing, drinking, eating and having a great time. After enjoying the show for a while, we realized that as we head north we might have less and less internet, so we went back by Dean’s to use their WIFI to download music and podcasts to our phone. During that time, we couldn’t leave the area so I approached a girl that was standing by us. Bridgette had 3 of her little nieces with her and it was a joy watching them play. She was also with a guy named Jordan and he used to be band mates with the people that were on stage. We all had a great conversation about music, passion in what we do and traveling. Everyone we came across were the best kind of people. People that were curious, open and kind. Our favorite encounters happened in this town and we will never forget the kindness that the people there showed us and we will be sure to pay that forward.