Bozeman Daytripping

We were in Bozeman, MT yesterday because a local company offered a tour of their facility to Bob’s class. We arrived early so we could eat lunch at The Naked Noodle, a restaurant we had wanted to try during our first visit, but it lost to Over the Tapas. For a small city, they have some excellent restaurants! I highly recommend both of the above spots if you find yourself in the area. After lunch, we strolled down Main street in an attempt to walk off some of our lunch, but didn’t make it further than the first independent book store we came to where we browsed until it was time to drop Bob off to meet up the rest of his class.

Michael and I headed over to the American Computer Museum where I was able to show him my first computer in one of the displays – a Timex Sinclair 1000. Oh, thank goodness for progress! The museum isn’t very large, but it has a lot packed into their small office space. Admission is free, but they do ask for donations. A worthy place to visit. πŸ™‚

Since we were scoping the town out for livability factors, our next stop was to the library. Completed in 2006, the Bozeman Public Library was designed and built according to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system. (Yay for Green Buildings!) They even have solar panels on the roof. It is a beautiful and incredibly comfortable and inviting space. Plus they have a coffee shop attached, and yes, coffee is allowed in the library! πŸ™‚

Right next door to the library is a nice-sized park with jogging trails. I sat on a bench with my Kindle in the amazingly warm sun (for November) and Michael took Jake for a little jog. This town has walking/biking/jogging trails everywhere it seems. They are tucked into neighborhoods where the ground swells into small hills, and snake through the landscaped parks scattered throughout the town. Very nice.

We met back with Bob at Homepage, a cozy coffee shop on Main Street. The owners lived in Africa for many years and have a lot of photos and memorabilia on display. (They also own a lovely Bed and Breakfast on S. Wilson, where we stayed on our last trip.) I again read a little and played the observer to Bob and Michael’s chess game while sipping on my latte before we headed back home.

The work in Bozeman sounds fascinating to Bob and the lifestyle snapshot was certainly promising. Michael is thrilled that Bridger Bowl is just 16 miles down the road and Big Sky is less than an hour away. Something for everyone? We shall see… πŸ™‚

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Danny
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 16:17:24

    Ah, the good ol’ TS1000!!! Sounds like it was a great trip. I SO need to get out that way at least ONCE in my life. LOL.

    Bozeman IS a college town being home to Montana State so that may be a good reason they have the nice eateries.

    Another great post, Elizabeth.

    Danny

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  2. Kate
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 23:22:54

    Now Bozeman wouldn’t be to far to come and visit. You’ve got my vote. I saw Bob at the villa today, I was writing and he was working hard on school work. Soon that will be over and done with.

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  3. elizabethsaidso
    Nov 08, 2010 @ 07:22:10

    Danny – It’s beautiful country this way, especially if you like hiking, fishing, or skiing – really just about any outdoor activity!

    I think Bozeman is an interesting combination of being a small town (population about 28,000), being a college town, and having a strong connection with nature. I’ve lived in and visited other college towns/cities that don’t have this vibe or center (or unique restaurants so close together and in biking-friendly or walking distance from pretty much anywhere in town)….it’s very hard to explain…but I liked the feel of the place. πŸ™‚

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  4. elizabethsaidso
    Nov 08, 2010 @ 07:28:08

    Kate – We anticipate that Bob will have long hours when he starts to work, but I joke with him that I think I will actually get to see him more often than I do now. πŸ™‚ He takes his studies as seriously as he takes anything he is passionate about though, so I’m certainly used to his “mistresses.” πŸ˜‰

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