Have you ever thought about moving and living somewhere else? Maybe you’re from the country and you want to live in the city or maybe the thought of living in the countryside has always been a dream of yours. Lillian had worked hard to achieve what most would call a successful life in the city, but she continued to feel “untethered.” Her occasional visits to Montana would reconnect her to nature and community. I can imagine her flight back to the east coast each time was one full of those questions we often ask ourselves, “What’s stopping me from moving?”
One day, she decided to give up a large portion of her salary and her community in the city, and move to a new home she finally felt “tethered” to. Not long after moving she befriended a rancher outside of Bozeman and was adopted by the tightly-knit community there. Max, known as the last original cowboy by most of the locals, introduced Lillian to most of Pony’s (a town just outside of Bozeman) longtime residents.
We had a chance to meet some of their friends at the only bar in town (appropriately named the Pony Bar) that night. After hanging out with everyone inside it was easy to see why Lillian had always wanted to move here. Everyone was kind to us and curious to know more about us. At one point, a few people from across the bar who we never got a chance to meet, bought the whole bar a few wooden nickels, which are each worth one drink. We still have a couple, which is a reminder that we need to visit again soon.