A picture perfect day in Jackson Hole WY on the last day of our epic #CovidSummer2020 road trip
Hang Gliding from top of the gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

A picture perfect day in Jackson Hole WY on the last day of our epic #CovidSummer2020 road trip

The big difference this pandemic summer: Families wearing masks when they are near other people or inside shops. Clerks and restaurant servers are wearing masks too.

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Dinner is served! Chuckwagon fun caps a day of weather challenges at Paws Up
Dinner is plated at the Paws Up Chuckwagon dinner

Dinner is served! Chuckwagon fun caps a day of weather challenges at Paws Up

Other times, you just soldier on as we did horseback riding and riding ATV vehicles some 15 miles to Montana’s well preserved ghost town Garnet—a mining town in the late 19th Century.

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A cold summer rain can’t stop the fun – The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Entrance to our glamping tent at The Resort at Paws Up

A cold summer rain can’t stop the fun – The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

At least we are cozy and dry in our tent. That’s right—our tent. The resort boasts 28 luxury homes and 36 glamping tents complete with rugs, bathtub, feather beds, electricity, an in-suite bathroom, and heated floor. We even have a claw footed tub in ours.

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Last Day at Flathead Lake Lodge: Kids discover friendships and much more
Kids playing under the wagon at the outdoor Barn Dance

Last Day at Flathead Lake Lodge: Kids discover friendships and much more

And after months sheltering at home, “This place encourages you to make new friends,” said Sam Young. “We’ve been to a bunch of different places on vacation, but this is the best.”

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Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge
Breakfast is served on trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge

“The breakfast ride is my favorite thing at the ranch. Breakfast tastes so much better,” says Sydney Byrne, 17, a guest at Flathead Lake Lodge in NW Montana

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Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch
Trailside lunch is served

Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch

Flathead Lake Lodge is much more than a lodge - it's a ranch, farm and acre upon acre of wilderness and lakefront.

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A huge menu of activities and events at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana
Sunset music and smores at Flathead Lake Lodge

A huge menu of activities and events at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

What should we today? that’s the biggest decision a guest must make with nearly two dozen activities—including those just for kids and for teens.

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Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana is coping very well with Covid Summer, thank you
Guests from Seattle came to Flatlake Lake Lodge in their own helicopter

Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana is coping very well with Covid Summer, thank you

At Flathead Lake Lodge, rather than 125 people spread out in 22 cozy log cabins and the main lodge, there are 83, including 30 kids

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Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska
This sign greets visitors on the Kenai Peninsula as they enter world-famous Homer Alaska

Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska

Nearly a year later, stuck at home, trips canceled in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I smile thinking about that stellar day and the rest of last summer’s trip to Alaska

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