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We're #1, we are #1 (yes, this is silly, so silly that the editors admit to being shocked that Billings won their online poll). That said, it's still pretty cool even if the stuff they talk about has nothing to do with why we moved here (other than Kate's Garden, a family friend and neighbor).

What Billings does have is the most temperate weather is Montana, a thriving restaurant and microbrew industry (there are almost no chain restaurants in town), limitless outdoor adventure opportunities within a few hours in any direction.

Most importantly, for us, Billings has family, history, and heritage.

www.outsideonline.com/2105956/best-places-live-us-2016
We talked to climbers, Olympic mountain bikers, musicians, and award-winning chefs about what exactly makes their hometowns so special and fun.
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Red sky at night, sailors delight.

Montana has the most amazing sunsets
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Red Skies in morning, Sailors take warning...! <smile/grin>
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Good morning Wyoming 
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You can just barely see the Tetons in the distance, sill cell phone camera...
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+Chris Pugrud HELL YES, sell that "thing!". Get yourself a Yuneec Typhoon H from acesdeals.
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Google published paper on how they inverted the traditional network security model and achieved a much greater degree of overall security.

I've been working on similar concepts since the 90's, so it's really nice to see a published paper that really illustrates the concept and takes it to the next level.

TL;DR - The traditional security model of rigid perimeter firewalls and security with minimal to non-existent internal security has always been doomed to fail (aka "hard crunchy exterior, soft chewy interior"). The real challenge is building a system that is minimally invasive to authorized users.
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Cool video about Billings from Outside magazine
In 2016, Billings, Montana, beat out the likes of famed mountain towns like Jackson, Wyoming and Bend, Oregon to take home the top spot in Outside's annual Best Towns contest. Why exactly did it win? We spent a weekend there to find out.
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Will be passing by in about two days. 
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A Journey of 14,000 miles sets the stage for our next adventure. Last week I completed the 4th, and final, trip from Virginia to Montana in my trusty pickup and our 16' trailer. Over 6 weeks I put in more miles than the average American drives in a year.

It's absolutely amazing to be back home in Montana, but we've got another month of stress waiting for all of the paperwork to come together so we can move into our new house and get settled with jobs and schools and all of those fun details.

School starts next week in Montana (on a Thursday! Seriously?) so we get the added entertainment of chauffeuring the boy to and from school every day.

Next couple of weeks on my schedule are pretty random, I might be making a trip to Boise to help a friend move to Idaho Falls, might make another trip to Boise to help a cousin move to Helena, might make a quick trip to Denver to see a bunch of old friends. Only time will tell.
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+Chris Pugrud​ I couldn't be happier having left the DC metro area for wide open spaces. Glad you're home :)
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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
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Wow, how incredibly vivacious!
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2.5 pound steak is a good start
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+Anna Moore that's actually a 42oz cut of sirloin steak. I watched him cut it off a good 20# chunk of beef.
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Very cool new product coming for people who tend to spend a lot of time away from power outlets!
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A comfortable atmosphere and outstanding food. The decor is semi formal, the staff is excellent, and the wine selection has a comfortable range to satisfy most palletes and budgets. Bistro Enzo gets 5 stars from me for value - the money is well spent on excellent food and staff, not pretentious decor.
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If you are looking for anything you need for an outdoor adventure you can certainly find it at Scheels. Prices are competitive and the selection is outstanding. I've found more than a few things that I never would have thought about that ended up being quite useful.
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It's the only rest area on a long stretch of highway. Basic and a bit dated, but it was clean enough to be functional.
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When we decided to move to Billings my wife conducted extensive research on area realtors. Lanissa stood out for having consistently outstanding reviews. On the phone Lanissa took the time to really explore what we were looking for in our next house and discuss the different areas, schools, advantages, and disadvantages of various neighborhoods. Our experience with Lanissa has been outstanding and we are very excited to be moving into our new home in a few weeks.
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Riverfront is probably not what most people expect in a city park, instead of flat open fields, Riverfront is filled with trails and a nice variety of picnic and cooking areas great for gatherings near the pond or some new scenery to enjoy while you get out a exercise for a few miles on foot or bike.
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Stella's is outstanding at what it wants to be, a great place for the basic staples of American breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have had breakfast at Stella's many times over the years with groups small and large. They rise above the competition by being consistently delicious with generous servings of well made food. The biggest challenge can be getting a table during busy times, but the wait is worth it and the service moves quickly.
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Hastings is going out of business, so all that's left is the remnants of what they had that so far nobody wants, at least at the prices they are offering. I got the impression a lot of people were browsing and building their shopping lists in anticipation of the next price reduction.
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