My sister Liz is another good enabler. She loves to paddle, too, so we headed out from our parents house in Idaho for a Northwest road trip. We loved Bozeman, which is a sentence my 16-year-old self never expected to utter/write/think.
Seriously, though, this is one of the prettiest places I have ever paddled. No Sprint cell service (even roaming) in the entire state of Montana, so it was a good thing she was with me when I needed to do some "real" work. My boarding school friend Heather Hume was a great enabler here, too, setting us up with an amazing place to stay, in walking distance of all downtown Bozeman's charms.