Gale and her sister Laura Straub had been dreaming of a reunion road trip since briefly visiting Montana when they were 16. They came to Montana hoping to see mountains, lakes, wildlife and small-town charm but when they hit the open road, they found a rekindled connection with each other.
The girls plan their route from the back of the van, marking the roads less traveled and setting goals for the journey ahead.
They pull over to take in the all-encompassing view of the mountains, snap some breathtaking photos and press on.
The girls devote the afternoon to swimming in the hot springs-a long awaited first for Laura.
Even on the road, Gale and Laura begin their day with a hearty breakfast
They trek five miles along the creek, over the bridge and through the wilderness to discover an old miner’s cabin—a diamond in the rough.
An open-air boat takes them down the Missouri River to explore the towering rock formations named by Lewis and Clark in 1805.
A traditional brewery tour gives them a taste of history, followed by a flight of beer at the Blackfoot River Brewing Company taproom.
They reach a campground and decide to settle in for the night, building a fire and soaking up their surroundings.
On the final leg of their journey, the girls hike a mountain trail to ground themselves in nature one last time.
Gale and Laura retreat back to the van and quietly head towards home, secretly planning their next road trip between the mountains.