GPS Scavener Hunt and Hike at Pine Butte

I was visiting Pine Butte Guest Ranch west of Choteau with a group of kids and their chaperones/parents the other day. The ranch had planned an activity using hand held GPS devices, created a scavenger hunt and wrapped that in with a hike. It was a fun way to get some exercise, learn how to use a GPS and expand knowledge of plants, trees and wildlife. We split the large group so there were four … Read more

Playing Games

When we think of kids playing games today a LOT of electronic-type games come to mind. Well…step back in time and think about traditional Indian games played on the great Montana plains. While visiting First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park just a short drive from Great Falls, we had a chance to learn (and practice) games played long ago. This young boy is playing a game called double ball. Notice the two balls precariously hanging … Read more

The View From the Top

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park was our first visit Sunday morning. There was a bit of haze in the sky although the dramatic icons of this area, square butte and the incredibly long cliff face forming the buffalo jump, were still very visible. Our group headed to the top of the buffalo jump for some history and a chance to imagine themselves as one of the many Native American tribes who used this unique cliff to harvest … Read more

Tower Rock State Park Hike

When we finished floating the Missouri River near Cascade the other day we took our rafts out at Prewitt Creek. Just around the corner from the take-out at Prewitt is Tower Rock State Park. We were running a bit ahead of schedule so a last-minute plan was hatched to make a stop at Tower Rock and hike. I’ve hiked at Tower Rock before but this day was warm (translate that to hot) and it was … Read more

Floating Montana’s Missouri River

I was up early today, backpack, sunscreen and camera packed, in time to be across town for a 7am departure to float the Missouri River. There were about 35 in our group – kids aged 9 – 12 who had written an essay and entered a contest sponsored by National Geographic. Their chaperones, mostly parents, also joined us. The contest is titled the Hands on Exploration project and winners were treated to a trip to explore an area. This … Read more

Choteau 4th of July Trip Wins Facebook Contest

I’m glad to say I’ve enjoyed the 4th of July in Choteau, Montana – actually the 3rd, 4th and 5th one year. Our week #4 Facebook contest winner is Todd Daniels. Todd won two nights lodging at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown for his contest entry. Following are Todd’s words about his Choteau visit: “The fourth of July in Choteau is a family tradition and can’t be beat. The best parade in the world, fun run, duck races, … Read more

A Tall Order for Tall Boys Catering

I can just hear the lunch order – one juicy burger and a side of hay for my horse! I wonder if Tall Boys Catering can deliver on that. The scene was the Montana Cutting Horse Association’s annual Snowy Mountain Summer Spectacular Show held June 30 – July 1. The cutting horse show is named for the area’s two Snowy Mountain ranges – Big Snowies and Little Snowies – south of Lewistown. The drive through the Snowies is a … Read more

Fabulous Fourth

So many Fourth of July celebrations – hard to choose which ones to attend! I did get to the parade in Great Falls this morning. There is a large military presence in Great Falls with Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard (there are others but these are the largest ones) so we always have a very patriotic theme. As floats and groups comprised of military came by, the crowd shouted their … Read more

A Mega Summer Celebration

Each year the community of Fort Benton sponsors Summer Celebration the fourth weekend in June. I always want to embellish that name a bit because just calling it Summer Celebration doesn’t explain the magnitude of the event. First of all, it lasts three days. Friday’s festivities begin with a free noon pig roast courtesy of First Security Bank. If you’re still hungry, head to another bank for dessert after that. You can also see an old-time gun … Read more

Blackleaf Canyon Hike Wins Facebook Contest

Week two of Central Montana’s Facebook contest yielded a winner who had hiked in the Blackleaf Canyon on the spectacular Rocky Mountain Front. You can tell this winner’s love of the outdoors and, most noticeably, the sense of awe inspired by this unique location adjacent to Lewis & Clark National Forest land, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Great Bear Wilderness and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Here is her story: “The Rocky Mountain Front … Read more