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(23,432 posts)
Sat Oct 28, 2023, 11:22 PM Oct 2023

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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Best birthday gift! I turn 59 tomorrow. (Original Post) MontanaMama Oct 2023 OP
Wow! What a perfect gift. The pix are beautiful. MLAA Oct 2023 #1
Great photos! Thanks for posting. Laffy Kat Oct 2023 #2
I'm just so happy for the child. MontanaMama Oct 2023 #4
HappyBirthday, Mama 🥳🎉 Deuxcents Oct 2023 #3
We call it the MontanaMama Oct 2023 #5
Glad to see... 2naSalit Oct 2023 #6
I can't even believe how little this plane is! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #7
Yeah... 2naSalit Oct 2023 #14
shoe horn time . AllaN01Bear Oct 2023 #31
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA!!! elleng Oct 2023 #8
Thanks my friend! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #10
K. AND R. - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Stuart G Oct 2023 #9
Awwww. MontanaMama Oct 2023 #11
Thank you for sharing your amazing birthday present with us, MM. niyad Oct 2023 #12
An amazing year for ALL of us! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #13
May it indeed be so! niyad Oct 2023 #15
Nice Birthday Mama! blm Oct 2023 #16
Wow! What a present!! Duppers Oct 2023 #17
We flew over Polson today! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #18
Wow & Yow.. What a Wonderful Day Cha Oct 2023 #19
Thanks Cha! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #24
lol.. I was talking about you! but yeah your son, too. Cha Oct 2023 #43
he's a darling! looks fun Hamlette Oct 2023 #20
Happy Birthday! Goddessartist Oct 2023 #21
That's Great,including pix too. Happy Birthday!-n/t marked50 Oct 2023 #22
Here's a gif(t) for you, MontanaMama! Different Drummer Oct 2023 #23
I'll take that! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #25
How exhilarating for you. Flying above the mountains with your son at the controls. Fla Dem Oct 2023 #26
I didn't mention that I'm a very anxious air passenger. MontanaMama Oct 2023 #28
What a fantastic birthday gift! MuseRider Oct 2023 #27
I'd be proud, too! Congratulations to you both. flying_wahini Oct 2023 #29
they go up they go down di down down. happy bday. AllaN01Bear Oct 2023 #30
the plane even has a glove box. didnt know that. AllaN01Bear Oct 2023 #32
I didn't know that either. MontanaMama Oct 2023 #38
Happy Birthday, MontanaMama! Diamond_Dog Oct 2023 #33
Thanks DD. MontanaMama Oct 2023 #39
Happy birthday! greatauntoftriplets Oct 2023 #34
It's like right out of a movie! GreenWave Oct 2023 #35
Awesome! hermetic Oct 2023 #36
Happy belated birthday to YOU! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #47
Happy Birthday to you & Congrats to your son! Awesome photos. ARPad95 Oct 2023 #37
BEAUTIFUL! kanda Oct 2023 #40
Very happy wishes bobnicewander Oct 2023 #41
Thank you. MontanaMama Oct 2023 #48
The Mission's are my favorite range montanacowboy Oct 2023 #42
For real? MontanaMama Oct 2023 #49
A big ole Happy Birthday from all of us out Livingston way. flashman13 Oct 2023 #50
What? Another MT DUer? MontanaMama Oct 2023 #57
Awesome. Thanks for sharing. Happy B-Day. Great Son. Ya done good. twodogsbarking Oct 2023 #44
WOW! here's a BIG SHOUT OUT to you bluestarone Oct 2023 #45
Happy Birthday, MontanaMama. Beautiful view. debm55 Oct 2023 #46
Fantastic day to fly. Looks like heavy air. OAITW r.2.0 Oct 2023 #51
What a spectacular b-day. Congrats to you & your son! diva77 Oct 2023 #52
Awesome! Happy Birthday and wishing you many more livetohike Oct 2023 #53
I live to hike too! MontanaMama Oct 2023 #58
What a great gift! LNM Oct 2023 #54
Wonderful malaise Oct 2023 #55
Nice! red dog 1 Oct 2023 #56
Wow! What an extraordinary birthday gift from your kiddo! Rhiannon12866 Oct 2023 #59


(16,907 posts)
3. HappyBirthday, Mama 🥳🎉
Sat Oct 28, 2023, 11:28 PM
Oct 2023

What a fantastic way to celebrate..it is as beautiful up there as I imagined.


(88,032 posts)
6. Glad to see...
Sat Oct 28, 2023, 11:34 PM
Oct 2023

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!


(23,432 posts)
7. I can't even believe how little this plane is!
Sat Oct 28, 2023, 11:40 PM
Oct 2023

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.


(88,032 posts)
14. Yeah...
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 12:03 AM
Oct 2023

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.


(115,065 posts)
12. Thank you for sharing your amazing birthday present with us, MM.
Sat Oct 28, 2023, 11:56 PM
Oct 2023

May this be just the start of an amazing and wonderful year.


(113,287 posts)
16. Nice Birthday Mama!
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 12:35 AM
Oct 2023

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

What a wonderful gift he gave for you.



(28,157 posts)
17. Wow! What a present!!
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 01:04 AM
Oct 2023

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. 🎂


(299,435 posts)
19. Wow & Yow.. What a Wonderful Day
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 01:59 AM
Oct 2023

for you and your Pilot Son!! AWESOME Photos!!

Happy Birthday, MontanaMama, Youngster!


(23,432 posts)
24. Thanks Cha!
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 10:59 AM
Oct 2023

Yeah…18 years old is indeed a youngster. I don’t know where those years even went!

Fla Dem

(24,299 posts)
26. How exhilarating for you. Flying above the mountains with your son at the controls.
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 11:05 AM
Oct 2023

Lucky Mom, great son!


(23,432 posts)
28. I didn't mention that I'm a very anxious air passenger.
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 11:16 AM
Oct 2023

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.


(23,432 posts)
38. I didn't know that either.
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 01:06 PM
Oct 2023

My first time in a Cessna 152. The heat comes out of the glove box and I kept it open the whole time.


(32,596 posts)
33. Happy Birthday, MontanaMama!
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 11:47 AM
Oct 2023

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!


(23,432 posts)
39. Thanks DD.
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 01:11 PM
Oct 2023

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.


(8,393 posts)
36. Awesome!
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 12:53 PM
Oct 2023

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.


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47. Happy belated birthday to YOU!
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 05:24 PM
Oct 2023

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.


(6,154 posts)
42. The Mission's are my favorite range
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 02:13 PM
Oct 2023

and Happy Birthday Mama! Congrats to your son also. And hugs to your pooch!


(23,432 posts)
49. For real?
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 05:27 PM
Oct 2023

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.


(17,399 posts)
45. WOW! here's a BIG SHOUT OUT to you
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 04:07 PM
Oct 2023

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! TY for the pics. BEAUTIFUL!!! What a gift for you! Great looking son there!! Many more birthdays to you!!


(23,432 posts)
58. I live to hike too!
Sun Oct 29, 2023, 11:23 PM
Oct 2023

Just not in the snow…I’m on the trails with my dog whenever I can. Thanks for the bd wishes!


(209,817 posts)
59. Wow! What an extraordinary birthday gift from your kiddo!
Mon Oct 30, 2023, 12:54 AM
Oct 2023

And the pix! What magnificent country! Wishing you the happiest birthday, my friend!

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