The Next 12 Days

January 8, 2011


4AM: Alarm clock, shower, pack makeup, turn down heat, lock doors

5AM: Cab arrives

5:15AM: First snowflakes begin to fall!


5:30AM: Find out flight to DC is delayed by a few hours. Rerouted with new itinerary that has us arriving in Missoula at 9PM instead of 1PM. Lament that we will miss exploring a new town.

6AM: Set up camp

7:30AM: Romantic picnic for two.


Locate coffee + eat some breakfast snacks – a banana and half an English muffin PB&J (I was forced to share!)


9AM??: Flight to DC

1PM: Land in Missoula and check into hotel. Explore!
6PM: Locate a hip restaurant in Missoula for dinner

9AM-9PM: Airport entertainment + food.

9PM: Hopefully land!

9:30PM: Pick up rental car

10PM: Find hotel in snow + dark

11PM: Rest


Grocery shopping + 2 hour drive to Dillon, Montana, home of the Great Harvest Headquarters

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A week of intensive business training for opening up our store!

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Thursday Night:

Our 4th night of dinner at the Lion’s Den?!

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Matt’s 28th birthday!! Find Moose Drool on tap.

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Travel to Bozeman for a night away. Perhaps attempt snowshoeing?! Find more Moose Drool here:

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Return to Dillon. Pick up more groceries. Do laundry at the hotel.

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Really hope the roads don’t look like this:

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Sandwich School. Master putting ingredients on delicious breads. Eat as much of said delicious breads as possible!

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Return to Missoula. Prepare for 1PM flight home.

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Turn into a cowgirl just before returning to Charlottesville. Kiss husband goodbye.

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I think I just got excited for this trip…!

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

Yay! This trip will be so much fun – I think I should become a baker too just so I can be a sandwich maker! :)


2 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

Ahhh it looks like fun! Montana in the winter would be pretty magical I think. I hope you have a GREAT time! I’m sure we’ll get updates along the way.

And :O PATAGONIA OUTLET! Be still my heart!


3 Ann January 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

Ditto! I had to stare at the Patagonia Outlet sign for a good 30 seconds before scrolling down…”Be still my heart” is right!


4 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 8, 2011 at 8:01 am

This all sounds like such fun!!

Safe travels and have a blast! 😀


5 Alaina January 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

Yah! Hope that this is the only “hiccup” in your trip. The countryside (and beer) look beautiful! 😀


6 Hannah January 8, 2011 at 8:06 am

Fingers crossed everything goes to plan after the flights delays! (Though, really, flight delays are always in the plan these days, sadly…) So exciting!


7 Ann January 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

I’ve been excited about your trip for weeks now :) I’ve never been to Montana and can’t wait to hear all about the bakery plus see your pics of the landscape and food. Have fun!! We’ll be here waiting to hear all about it! Fly safely!


8 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey January 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

I travel a lot, and hate the waiting game.
Good luck getting there today!

Have a safe trip, can’t wait to read all about it.



9 mariaeatsbeets January 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

Have a wonderful time Kath.


10 Marci January 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

Have a great time! Can’t wait to read about it all. Looks like beautiful, peaceful scenery.


11 Marisa @ Loser for Life January 8, 2011 at 8:30 am

Aack! Snow delays stink! I know you’ll make the best of it anyway, Kath! Safe travels!


12 Paige @Running Around Normal January 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

Ouch, sorry about your canceled flight, girl! Hope everything else goes as planned.


13 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

Have fun… once it gets going. Sometimes, the most difficult part of a trip is packing for it and getting out the door.


14 jen @ taste life January 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

Good luck getting there safe, sound and sane! I hope it’s not too hard to find your hotel in the dark :(


15 faith @ gracefulfitness January 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

Crap, so sorry to hear about the delay! Safe travels for the rest of the day. Hurry home!


16 christina cadden January 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

Looks like so much fun!


17 Caitie January 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

Bozeman is where the guy who wrote Three Cups of Tea is from! That’s the only thing I know about Montana sadly!


18 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

I think I’d like to go to sandwich school! Good luck with the travelling!!


19 Evan Thomas January 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

Woohoo! Have a great trip! It’s good that you’re so organized. My family definitely needs to take some tips because sometimes we travel haphazard.


20 Ann @ Day by Day January 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

Haha I love your trip outline with pictures! It really does look like a great trip. And I’m sorry about the long delay! Almost everyone I know that’s been traveling this winter (in Europe and the US) has had at least some kind of delay or cancellation. I hope there are no more delays for you! Enjoy your time!


21 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 8, 2011 at 9:02 am

Sounds like a fun and busy week!


22 KristyRuns January 8, 2011 at 9:03 am

What a beautiful place! Have FUN! …for me! Please! :)

Good luck with your flight situation…


23 Anna @ ciaotochow January 8, 2011 at 9:08 am

Ahhh, this looks ridic awesome! Have fun and enjoy every minute. Be safe on the roads :) (Wow, I sound like my mom!)


24 Amy January 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

Good luck! Have fun! Try snowshoeing!


25 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

Definitely looks like it’s going to be a fantastic trip, working or not! :)


26 Julie (Food & Other Things) January 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

Good luck with your trip…it sounds busy but fun!


27 Hope January 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

Sorry about your traveling delays. I hope the trip gets better for you! I can’t wait to read along and see all of the pictures!


28 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

safe travels and hope the airports treat you well :)
cathy b. @ brightbakes


29 Lauren January 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

Snowshoeing is so fun and a great workout if it’s not too cold!


30 Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

You guys are going to have a blast! And I think you will be exploding with even more excitement and anticipation of your bakery opening after all this time spent learning their offerings! Enjoy!!!


31 Kelly January 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

I hope you guys have a great trip Kath! Looking forward to meeting you when you’re back in cville :)


32 Meg January 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

Have an AMAZING time, Kath + fam 😀


33 Lee January 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

I hope you are on your flight right now and it didn’t get delayed any longer!


34 Kath January 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

Apparently our plane hasn’t even left DC yet..


35 Nicole @ yuppie yogini January 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

Matt’s bday is the 14th? My birthday is also that day!


36 Kath January 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

Very cool! Happy b-day!


37 Amanda (Eating Up) January 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

This all sounds like so much fun! Hope you don’t get there too late today.


38 Lolly January 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

Is the second week that Matt is staying on baking technique specific training and that is why he stays and you go back home?
What a wonderful adventure you have in store!


39 Kath January 8, 2011 at 10:06 am



40 MaryBe January 8, 2011 at 10:04 am

Boo to airline delays. I only like it when it involves a bump and a free ticket!


41 aubrey (italktofood) January 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

this looks so fun! I am so excited for the both of you. I wish I could play around at Great Harvest! I bet it’s hard work….but worth it :)


42 Janelle January 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

My in-laws live in Montana (Helena), and we love visiting them. Snowshoeing is easy and fun! We also like the skiing (cross-country for me)!


43 Janna January 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

You haven’t even left DC yet and your trip to Montana looks like fun! :)

I have an amendment to your Jan 15-16 plans. I would like to add us and recommend a snowshoe trip to Livingston, MT.

Then grocery shopping at the Bozeman Community Coop or Rosauers. :) Please do not wait and shop at the Dillon Safeway. I will send you with coolers if I have too!

Good news: The weather here has been in the 30’s so some of the snow is melting but fresh stuff is on its way Sunday!


44 Kath January 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Would love to get together if you’ll be in Bozeman on the 15-16!


45 Janna January 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

We will be here. We have a speaker we want to see Saturday night in Bozeman so we hadf planned to go to town anyway. New development: we also have a friend who knows the ins and outs of the Tobacco Root mountains south of our house. We just need to rent you some snowshoes!
When you get a break from bread tasting give me a call or shoot me an email!
Until then…Welcome to Big Sky Country!


46 Rachel January 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

I’m excited about your trip for you! Montana is so beautiful, especially in the winter. I’m looking forward to hearing about the training.


47 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

Sounds like your trip will be lots of fun, despite being stuck at the airport all day!


48 Meagan January 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

I am confused. You must have been before?


49 Kristin January 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

Have a great trip.


50 Anf January 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Snowshoeing is so fun!!! And a great workout! Your pictures make me want to go to Montana!


51 Natalia - a side of simple January 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

I’m so excited for you! Thanks for the play-by-play. Looking forward to reading up on your adventures! If you get a chance, take a picture of a horse or two for me? Please? 😉


52 Camille January 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

Don’t worry! The unexpected is what makes trips fun!
Have a safe flight and drive and most importantly… have fun!


53 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

i’m just not sure if this could be a better trip…you’re in a beautiful place and get to eat bread the whole time! what could be better?!


54 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) January 8, 2011 at 10:51 am

I hope the rest of the traveling goes smoothly! Have a great trip and (try to) stay warm! :)


55 Emily Malone January 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

You should have just DRIVEN to DC, come had breakfast with me, and you still could have caught the original second leg of your flight! Safe travels – can’t wait to see pics!


56 kelly January 8, 2011 at 10:55 am

Have a great trip! When you are in Dillon, you’ll be about two hours from me! Wish I could come meet you.


57 Janna January 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

Where are you from??
A Three-Forkian 😉


58 Kath January 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Yeah Kelly – are you near Missoula or Bozeman? I’ll be in both places!


59 kelly January 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I live in southeastern Idaho. If I wasn’t leaving town next weekend, I’d head north to meet you, Kath! :(


60 Kara January 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

Your trip sounds really fun! I LOVED montana ale works in Bozeman, I think we ate 3 times during our vacation because it was so good!


61 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) January 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Sounds like a fun-filled, non-stop schedule! Have a great time!


62 Lindsay ann January 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

Too bad you are going to miss out on exploring missoula! When you are in bozeman, I highly recommend the emerson grille. Its an awesome little restaurant tucked away in an old schoolhouse. Have fun in montana!


63 Kath January 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

We ate there on our last trip!!


64 stacey-healthylife January 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

That sucks about the airport. Be safe and best of luck.


65 kell January 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

wait . . . does this mean you wont be blogging for the next 12 days?? well, either way have a wonderful time!! (but seriously, ill go through withdrawl without your blog :)


66 Kath January 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

No of course not :) I’ll be around


67 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Sorry about the delay…at least you have great company! Have a safe trip!


68 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

haha, such a cute post! :) your trip will be amazing….once you get there! sorry to hear about your flight troubles.


69 Namaste Gurl January 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Have fun and safe travels! :)


70 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) January 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Adorable picture of you and Matt. :)


71 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter January 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Wow! You have a lot to do over the next few days. Have a great trip Kath!


72 Mimi January 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Oh my gosh, so much fun for your guys! Montana in January will be, uhm, Montana in January. But the whole experience will be awesome (I’m sure).


73 Erica January 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I stumbled upon Biga Pizza in Missoula on a business trip. I have dreams about the Flathead Cherry pizza – housemade sausage, cherry chutney, smoked gouda, mozzarella, garlic oil & parsley.

Enjoy your trip. Montana is a beautiful place.


74 JessZ January 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I’m looking forward to following along on this trip and seeing your adventures! Best of luck with your travels. :)


75 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

You’ve got quite the itinerary!

Say hello to my lovely Bozeman for me 😉


76 Sally Mae January 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

“You MUST go snowshoeing!” says Sally, from Wisconsin;) Have a great trip! Eat healthy, rest as much as you can and soak it up!!


77 Karen January 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

That was a super recap! Glad to see you’re making the best of the plane delay development. Keep cool, Kath, and have a blast exploring!


78 Allison @ Happy Tales January 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

“Romantic picnic for two”… so funny! Glad you are making the best of your airport adventure. Looking forward to seeing what the next few days have in store!


79 Sandy January 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Have a wonderful trip. You should definitely try snow shoeing. I liked it so much on our last ski trip to Colorado that I asked for snowshoes for Christmas so I can go as often as I want on our trip this week!


80 Christin@purplebirdblog January 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm

You look cute in a cowgirl hat! :)


81 The Robertsons of Mumbai January 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

So fun! I love how you did this blog post! I’ll be looking forward to reading about your trip. Next Sunday, I am starting a 6 week trip myself – to sit my graduate thesis exam, and then to embark on training for a different career – in the food industry, as well! :)


82 Kristina January 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

My two recommendations for the Bozeman area are Mackenzie River Pizza, especially the pesto lodgepoles! Also worth the trip is Chico Hot Springs, they are over the pass and south of Livingston. Norris Hot Springs are also close to Bozeman.

Enjoy Big Sky Country!


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