About three weeks before we left on our trip, I was out for a run and in the middle of mentally checking off everything we still needed to get done before our departure, when a song called ‘There Will Be Time’ by Mumford and Sons popped up on my Spotify playlist. As I listened to the song, I felt an overwhelming sense of excitement wash over me. The checklist dropped out of my head, and was replaced with visions of us traveling around the world together. Various scenes that were yet to happen started flashing through my head as the song picked up, and I knew that I wanted to make a video to chronicle our trip using that song.
I wanted to take videos of us doing something in front of our favorite spots while we were traveling, but I didn’t know what. Al and I are absolutely terrible dancers, so we knew to immediately eliminate anything in that category. We settled on the only thing we could think of doing: The Montana Waltz. This may sound like a dance but our interpretation of it most definitely is not. Our version of the Montana Waltz more closely resembles two adolescent kids rapidly kicking each other in the shins.
Either way, that’s what we did. Every time we were in a particularly beautiful or interesting place, one of us would inevitably say, ‘Should we do our kicks here?’ and then would whip out the GoPro. Each time was different. Often strangers would be around and start cheering or laughing, sometimes neither of us were into it and the result was a slow and painful half-assed attempt at doing the waltz. There were times the terrain was particularly difficult to bounce around on, and one of us (usually me) would end up falling. There were even weeks when we forgot to do it at all. But in the end, I’m so glad we did it, because we’ll have this video to look back on for the rest of our lives.
So here it is, our final travel video: two fools kicking each other around the world.