"Did you do anything fun on your vacation?"

I didn't take a whole lot of pictures. On purpose. No Facebook. Not a ton of time online. These days, for me, that's the best part of having time off. I was still awake every day at 3:15. Some days it was just for a minute. Other days, I couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up and did some laundry. It's great to get all of your housework done by 8 a.m.

I did get back to Great Falls and see my family, and that's always important.

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Other highlights of my octane-fueled week off included running over a snake. Seriously. That was the most exciting thing that happened, and I'm OK with that.

I was thinking back to my vacations 30 years ago. I'd already have the car packed so when I got off the air on Friday, I'd hit the road. I could be in Denver by 6. Catch a Rockies game, maybe hit Top Golf, the zoo, and then do some sightseeing.

After a few days there, I'd hit the road to visit somebody else I hadn't seen in a while. Oh yeah! Multiple road trips within a road trip were a thing back then.

One weekend, I left Friday at 10 and drove to Seattle and hit the town. The next day, we drove to Portland for a buddy's birthday. Then I drove home from Portland to Billings on Sunday.

It was good to be young and enthusiastic. I am no longer either of those.

5 Of Montana's Best Road Trips

For those looking to hit the highway, Montana has over 70 thousand miles of open road and many of those roads lead to some of the most beautiful places in the world. If you love a good road trip and want to spend time with family or friends, here are 5 of the best Montana road trips.

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