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Archive | July, 2011


Launching at Coal Banks Landing

Yes, launching, not lunching, at Coal Banks. My belly is still full from breakfast at the Virgelle Merc. The first thing I notice when I drive one mile from the Merc to the landing is the new BLM building. There are campground hosts here and in years past they have hung out in or near their […]

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Breakfast in Virgelle – Ode to Food

Even though I crawled back in bed for a few more zzzs after taking sunrise photos, I was still up early. Virgelle was quiet and serene. I usually go for a walk in the morning but today I was on a break from routine. I wandered over to the Merc where I had been told […]

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A Room With A View

When I went to bed in my cozy homestead cabin in Virgelle, I set the alarm clock for what I figured was sunrise time. Gosh, I’m trying to capture photos of sunrise and sunset on the longest daylight days of the year! I wouldn’t have had to set an alarm though – the brightness of […]

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Unique Sleeps In Virgelle, MT

As we turn off US Hwy 87 towards Virgelle, I’m playing the ultimate tour guide. I tell my travel buddies that we will drive eight miles on gravel (it’s a good road) to get to the tiny spot in Montana known as Virgelle. Virgelle was named for Virgil and Ella Blankenbaker who owned the place […]

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Lewis & Clark Statue in Fort Benton

I have one more Fort Benton photo to share. This statue is positioned on the historic river levee looking upstream (appropriate in my opinion since that’s the direction the expedition traveled). Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Sacajawea and her baby Pomp (Jean Baptiste) are portrayed in the statue. The other end of the levee is anchored by a statue of […]

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One Fine History Town

The community of Fort Benton is surrounded by grain farms and grasslands. It’s an easy drive from Great Falls, just about 35 minutes up US Hwy 87. What’s there to do in this small town? First of all, park your car. Talk a walk on Fort Benton’s historic river levee. Statues, interpretive panels, the Keelboat […]

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Scenic Overlook at Fort Benton

I’m on the road a lot and I love it. There are a lot of scenic overlooks in our beautiful state because, well, we have a lot of scenic beauty. The overlook at Fort Benton is one where I almost always see a car parked with someone taking in the spectacular views of the Missouri […]

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