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Related: Culture Forums, Support Forums# Best birthday gift! I turn 59 tomorrow.

My 18 year old kiddo got his private pilot’s license last week. For my birthday, he said he would take me for a flight…wherever I wanted to go. FYI, his training plane is a Cessna 152. A very tiny plane so we stayed somewhat close to home. I asked him to take me north of where we live to the Mission Mountains…the gateway to Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park.

Our little plane had to get a jumpstart because it was so cold this morning…but it got better from there.

Here’s a little of what we saw…and yes, it’s winter here already:

It was such a good day.

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#### MLAA

(17,566 posts)#### Laffy Kat

(16,421 posts)You must be a super proud parent!

And happy birthday!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)He’s worked super hard for this.

#### Deuxcents

(16,907 posts)What a fantastic way to celebrate..it is as beautiful up there as I imagined.

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)Last Best Place.

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

#### 2naSalit

(88,032 posts)You had a HAPPY Birthday!!! (Even if it is tomorrow, I bet you'll be smiling all day.)

Lucky you! And what great gift and thoughtful son!

Fantastic pictures!

Geeze, you're younger than my baby sister!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)Owen has been flying it since January of this year. I’m 5’2” and it was a tight fit with a 6’ boy next to me. He graduates into a Cessna 172 to begin instrument training next week. I’ll be happy to have a little more hardware around him and me.

Do you have all this snow on your side of the divide? Holy hell.

#### 2naSalit

(88,032 posts)We've got plenty of snow. It started snowing Tuesday night and didn't stop until this morning. Looks like we got about a foot in all. It'll be gone by the end of the week. Supposed to be int the 50s mid week, that's when I'll finally remove the rest of my porch plants that I just couldn't yank up so I let them freeze to death.

It takes me a couple weeks to get used to the cold, this didn't let me have that transition time to get used to it. Should be an interesting winter.

#### AllaN01Bear

(20,055 posts)#### elleng

(132,349 posts)#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)#### Stuart G

(38,536 posts)#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)Thanks Stuart G!

#### niyad

(115,065 posts)May this be just the start of an amazing and wonderful year.

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)That would be my birthday wish. May it be so.

#### niyad

(115,065 posts)#### blm

(113,287 posts)Last edited Sun Oct 29, 2023, 11:18 AM - Edit history (1)

What a wonderful gift he gave for you.

💐🎂💐

#### Duppers

(28,157 posts)That'd be such a thrill!! You're a LUCKY GAL!

Thanks for posting the pics. They're frickin' AMAZING!!!

Btw, hubby's cousin lives in Polson. His wife was a writer. Jack Hanna lives on Flathead Lake...or he did.

But you knew that.
**Happy Belated Birthday, btw. 🎂
**

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)#### Cha

(299,435 posts)for you and your Pilot Son!! AWESOME Photos!!

Happy Birthday, MontanaMama, Youngster!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)Yeah…18 years old is indeed a youngster. I don’t know where those years even went!

#### Cha

(299,435 posts)#### Hamlette

(15,415 posts)#### Goddessartist

(2,065 posts)What a fantabulous gift!

#### marked50

(1,391 posts)#### Different Drummer

(7,824 posts)Many happy returns!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)So cute. Thanks!

#### Fla Dem

(24,299 posts)Lucky Mom, great son!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)This was my first flight with Owen. He just got his certificate a week ago and I was his first passenger. He’s a wonderful pilot. I was so impressed and I wasn’t nervous once we were in the air. Thank you for your kind words.

#### MuseRider

(34,218 posts)Happy Birthday!

#### flying_wahini

(6,884 posts)What a view.

#### AllaN01Bear

(20,055 posts)#### AllaN01Bear

(20,055 posts)#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)My first time in a Cessna 152. The heat comes out of the glove box and I kept it open the whole time.

#### Diamond_Dog

(32,596 posts)What a fabulous birthday gift!! You must have been beaming with pride the whole flight! Really … you have one heck of a wonderful kiddo. Hats off to him and hats off to raising good sons! I just can’t imagine that beautiful scenery and being up so high.

What an experience! TY so much for sharing!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)I thought I’d be so nervous…but I wasn’t. He was very competent. I had my Relief Band on for motion sickness but the air was so still I don’t think I needed it. Owen had never seen the Missions up as close as were and he was impressed. We made a plan to fly over them next summer when he’s in the Cessna 172…a four seater with a little more room. It was an honor to be his first passenger.

#### greatauntoftriplets

(175,883 posts)That was an amazing birthday gift, and the photos are great. It does look cold.

#### GreenWave

(7,311 posts)#### hermetic

(8,393 posts)A very happy (belated) birthday to you. Nice photos.

I had a bd a couple of weeks ago but didn't go anywhere. Which was fine by me. I did talk to my son, though, for half an hour. So that was the best bd present I could ask for.

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)Yes. The gift of time with our kiddos is the best thing ever. I was thrilled when Owen asked me to fly with him and I feel honored to be his first passenger. I’m choked up even thinking about it.

#### ARPad95

(1,671 posts)#### kanda

(175 posts)Wonderful photos! What a great day. Happy birthday!

#### bobnicewander

(860 posts)for you and congratulations to your son. A great day for both of you!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)It was a wonderful day.

#### montanacowboy

(6,154 posts)and Happy Birthday Mama! Congrats to your son also. And hugs to your pooch!

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)I just love them too. Seeing them from the air was breathtaking. Owen says we will fly over them into the swan valley next summer.

#### flashman13

(764 posts)#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)This is a great birthday present. Welcome!

#### twodogsbarking

(10,374 posts)#### bluestarone

(17,399 posts)HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! TY for the pics. BEAUTIFUL!!! What a gift for you! Great looking son there!! Many more birthdays to you!!

#### debm55

(26,336 posts)#### OAITW r.2.0

(25,298 posts)Hope he did a fly over of your place!

#### diva77

(7,769 posts)#### livetohike

(22,242 posts)adventures .

#### MontanaMama

(23,432 posts)Just not in the snow…I’m on the trails with my dog whenever I can. Thanks for the bd wishes!

#### LNM

(1,087 posts)Happy Birthday! The photos are spectacular! What a loving son.

#### malaise

(270,890 posts)Happy Bitrthday.

#### red dog 1

(28,190 posts)Happy Birthday!

#### Rhiannon12866

(209,817 posts)And the pix! What magnificent country! Wishing you the happiest birthday, my friend!