When we were offered the opportunity to help a good friend and participate in the Red Ants Pants Music Festival this coming July we couldn’t resist the thought of changing everything and returning to one of our favorite places; Montana.

An evening near our new home in White Sulphur Springs

An evening near our new home in White Sulphur Springs

The festival is a three day event based just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana. It is quite simply a celebration of hard working rural communities, developing leadership roles for women and preserving working family farms and ranches- all to the backdrop of the beautiful Smith River Valley and some premium live country music. If you are within a thousand miles of White Sulphur Springs, I suggest you make the drive. Read more about the festival here and see the foundation that it supports.

Although the festival is not geared to cycling or travel in particular we felt as though we needed to be a part of this wonderful event and share our experiences and adventures during this time on our site, The Family Ride. Will their be bicycling and travel related content? Absolutely. No Montana based music festival would be complete without some nutty guy (or girl) schlepping tools and equipment to the site on a Surly cargo bike.

We relocated our family to White Sulphur Springs, MT and are housed in our recently purchased ‘Silver Streak’ vintage travel trailer. This has also proven to be a new frontier for our family- travel trailer life…. and maintenance and repair. Our middle daughter Clara lovingly named her ‘Rosie’ and we are dedicated to caring and repairing her this summer (and I am certain for years to come). Here’s a photo of her:

Our little home, 'Rosie' the Silver Streak, parked between town and the festival grounds

Our little home, ‘Rosie’ the Silver Streak, parked between town and the festival grounds

As you can see from the photo bicycles are still very much present, and satisfy a large part of our local transportation needs. Our children all have their bicycles and biking into town is easy and fun.

As for the transition into rural Montana life, all I can say is that it has been an epiphany of simplification and solitude combined with the challenges of balancing our modern expectations of life and time alike. The bottom line: we could become very used to this pace of life.

The kids have enjoyed the tree swing at our little campground

The kids have enjoyed the tree swing at our little campground

We will do our best to maintain The Family Ride a little better than we have in recent months, despite our ambitions and responsibilities to make the RedAntsPantsMusicalFestival for 2014 the best it can be. Stay tuned!

 

 

Written by Mark and Erica