Three Days, Three Outdoor Experiences in Central Montana

Central Montana offers an amazing variety of outdoor activities as the fall season approaches. Top of my list of favorites is an evening canoe or kayak trip on the Missouri River. In Fort Benton you can launch at the edge of town at a campground managed by the Bureau of Land Management. To access it you drive through the Chouteau County fairgrounds. It’s an easy launch. Water levels and flow on the Missouri River in … Read more

Waterfalls, Freshwater Springs and a Smokestack

The five waterfalls of the Mighty Missouri River are the liquids that gave the town known as Great Falls its name. The Missouri River drops a total of 612 feet in ten miles as it tumbles over five waterfalls. About 187 feet of that drop is the plunge from the series of waterfalls, and the remaining 425 feet comes from the descent of the riverbed. Black Eagle Falls are the uppermost falls and they are … Read more

Ghost Towns & Gold Mines in Central Montana

The area near Lewistown, literally the center of Montana, has a history of gold mining, and with the boom and bust associated with that, there are now ghost towns. I took a driving tour following along portions of the Ghost Towns/Gold Mines history detailed in a brochure available at the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce. It’s a self-guided driving tour but I was lucky to connect with a historian who lives in one of the areas … Read more

Charles M. Russell and the 1919 Victory Stampede

It’s been 100 years since an amazing exhibition of Charlie Russell’s masterpieces went on view at the Calgary Stampede. At that time, Russell headlined the exhibits in an effort to help boost a struggling Stampede Rodeo in the Alberta town of Calgary. The event spanned one week and the events and exhibits commemorated and chronicled the changing West, a good fit for cowboy Charlie’s art. Charlie and Nancy Russell shipped 24 paintings and 8 bronzes … Read more

These Goats – My Skin – Windrift Hill’s Herd

A few weeks ago I was in the town of Conrad, Montana just off I-15, about an hour north of Great Falls. A fairly new gift store, Windrift Hill, has opened there selling some of my favorite skin softeners. Montana’s weather has low humidity which I like, but that’s a challenge for my skin. I think my skin is naturally dry but this climate makes it worse. So what makes Windrift Hills’ product so good … Read more

Havre’s Vizsla Brewing Awarded Montana Brewery of the Year

I hadn’t been to Vizsla Brewing since last November when I met several friends at Havre‘s newest brewery. Vizsla is located in Holiday Village Mall on the west end of Havre in a large open space. And yes, Vizsla was inspired by a dog breed. It was a bit after 4pm, their opening time, and there were already several tables filled. Maria, who owns Vizsla with her husband, was at the taps along with two … Read more

Joplin’s Secret Scenic Drive

Joplin hosts an annual Art In The Park and Car Show each June and it was on my list of events to attend this year. And what an event it was! There were vendors of all kinds, live music and over 60 vintage vehicles in the car show. And, of course, I couldn’t pass up a yummy slice of pie at one of the food booths. What kind? Raspberry rhubarb with pecan topping. Homemade, unique … Read more

My Little Crush on Ruby the Mule

Last fall I was in Choteau and had a chance to visit with Maggie, one of the owners of Dropstone Outfitting, a stock-assisted hiking company. We met in a pasture and that ultimately led to my little crush on Ruby the mule. While Maggie and I were visiting, a mule wandered over and snuggled right up to her. I soon found out this was Ruby, a now-retired employee of Dropstone Outfitting. Ruby wasn’t overly persistent … Read more

Two Days, Ten Foodie Stops in Central Montana

It was time to hit the road to promote Taste Our Place, a program by the MT Office of Tourism (Dept. of Commerce) and MT Department of Ag. The goal – seek out food and beverage locations using Montana sourced ingredients. Our first stop was Infinity Bakery in Havre. We didn’t have time for a sit-down lunch but we had time for some incredibly yummy scones, baked doughnuts and cookies. Infinity has a soup and … Read more

Snook’s Diner – What’s In A Name?

As you enter White Sulphur Springs from the northeast where US Hwys 89 and 12 are together, you’ll drive by an A-frame style building. It has housed a restaurant as long as I can remember and for the past year or so it has been called Snook’s Diner. I had heard they served pie and since Central Montana has a fun pie trail (Pie a la Road), it was a must-stop on my recent travels. … Read more