Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta.

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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

What a great vacation

We just rolled in last night from our family road trip to Montana. It was definitely a long drive - taking 2 days both ways. Yellowstone was awesome. We arrived at Old Faithful just minutes before it went off. We also strolled around a number of geysers and Abbie loved all of them. They were very beautiful and easily the best part of the drive up. Abbie even got to go fishing for the first time, in the Snake River just south of Yellowstone.

Tetons Windy Swimming

First Time Fishing Gooey Geyser

Once we got to the cabin, a great time was had by all. We attended the local 4th of July festivities and I got to catch up with some folks I went to grade school and high school with. It was fun meeting everyone's kids and spouses, and you can't beat the beer prices in Montana ($1.50 for a cold Bud Light). Abbie loved all the horses running around.

On the eve of the 4th, we had an excellent fireworks show and also broke ground on The New Cabin that my dad is building. Julie had a lot of fun operating the Excavator. The rest of the week was spent swimming, fishing, taking saunas, and tearing off the roof of the cabin. My mom even bought a 4-wheeler, which was a blast to ride around. I'd longed for one ever since I knew what they were, so it was pretty cool to have a childhood dream come true - in the same location I'd always wanted one.

The Parade The Excavator

This lifejacket is too big! New ATV

I definitely recommend the road trip thing if you have kids. It was a great way to spend quality time together and enjoy some of the beautiful world we live in.

As for e-mail, that wasn't bad at all - only 243 messages. We had so much fun on this trip, I think we're going to include the drive up as part of the tradition. It's neat to think that I'll be taking the same vacation every summer for the rest of my life. It'll be especially fun to watch the kids grow up and how their perception changes each year. Now I just need to figure out a way to spend the whole month of July in Montana. Those Europeans are smart - we all need to take a month off in the summer.

Posted in General at Jul 09 2005, 12:42:07 PM MDT 3 Comments

Awesome! I knew you would dig Yellowstone after reading your posts on your life in the cabin.... Yellowstone is great. My wife and I spent a couple days there 2 summers ago with our son who was almost 1 at the time. I've got a number of pics of various large animals walking right up to our car. Guessing from your post on being on the Snake River you must have also went south into the Teton Natl Park. I liked the Tetons better then Yellowstone. I thought the mountain views were better and there was a lot less people. Erik Weibust

Posted by Erik Weibust on July 10, 2005 at 08:50 PM MDT #

Starting to work after a three week holiday in the South of France, I have to agree with you. I prefer having one long holiday over many short ones. After 1 week you really start to get relaxed because you get detached from all work-related issues (at least, this is how it works for me, obviously, there is one requirement : do *not* take a laptop with you :-) ).

Posted by Jakko Vos on July 10, 2005 at 11:19 PM MDT #

Fantastic! Great views. You are pushing me now to taka a vacation :) Oops.. 48+9 = 57 not 56. mmmm I'm learning the hard way.

Posted by Muthu Ramadoss on July 11, 2005 at 01:18 AM MDT #

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