The Geese Are Here

It’s ltime for our annual migration of tens of thousands of snow geese. The largest staging area in Russell Country is at Freezout Lake WMA between Choteau and Fairfield, MT. Another great viewing area is Benton Lake Wildlife Refuge north of Great Falls. There is open water at both locations, its still chilly north of Montana, so migratory waterfowl are just hanging out, feeding on grain stubble to get lots of energy for the rest … Read more

Ride the Train – See the Bunny

The Train I’m talking about is the Charlie Russell Chew Choo and the bunny is, of course, the Easter Bunny! Since the bunny is pretty busy this time of year, the only day to ride the train and visit with the bunny is Saturday, April 11th. And, for this day only, the train is called the Easter Bunny Express. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available. The details – train ride begins at noon … Read more

Budget Travel Idea

Here’s a deal for the budget weary – Sunday Sampler in Great Falls, MT April 5th. The Great Falls Museum Consortium holds its 9th Annual “Sunday Sampler” April 5th from noon until 5pm. Admission to 10 museums in Great Falls is free. Yes, zilch, zippo, zero! Museums participating are the Children’s Museum of Montana, C. M. Russell Museum, The History Museum, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum, Galerie Trinitas on the … Read more

Havre, MT Has A New Baby

Yes, you read that title correctly! The new baby in Havre is actually a cast of a very old baby and can be viewed at the H. Earl Clack Museum located on US Hwy 2 in Havre’s Holiday Village Mall. The infant Maiasaura cast is one of several dinosaur displays at the Clack Museum which is on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. Visitors to the Clack will also see 75 million year old dinosaur eggs and embryos. … Read more

Fort Benton’s Charm Trail

I was definitely charmed! A couple of weeks ago I was in Fort Benton”, MT and had a fun time exploring their Charm Trail. It was developed to encourage visitors to the community to check out businesses all around town. The Charm Trail began mostly with businesses on Front Street which runs along the pedestrian friendly levee, and has expanded to cover the town. There are Charm Trail Maps listing the 66 participating businesses and … Read more

A Castle – Are You Kidding?

You don’t always associate a castle with Montana but White Sulphur Springs boasts one standing proudly and overlooking the town. The Castle Museum was a treat to see – beginning with a recently constructed carriage house and gift shop. Docents lead you through the Castle and give the history of this stone sentry. You can also soak in the hot springs in town. The Spa Hot Springs Motel surrounds one large pool and two smaller … Read more

Its Happening in Harlo

Ya gotta get the lingo right and talk like the locals…Harlo is short for Harlowton”, Montana and that’s our next stop. When you drive in to Harlo, you can’t miss the electric train engine known as the E57B. It made its last voyage in June 1974 when the Milwaukee Road ended their 656 mile electrified route. The Upper Musselshell Museum has two locations on Main Street and we visited both. One houses the Avaceratops Lammersi … Read more

Checking Out Lewistown

Our day in Lewistown”, Montana started with an early lunch, interrupted only with a quick break to step outside and view a parade down Main Street. Lewistown is known as the City of Stone because of all the Croatian stone masons who settled here. Everywhere you look, both residential and commercial, you will see amazing architecture. The Central Montana Museum, located adjacent to the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce, gave us some tidbits about the area’s … Read more

Charlie Russell Chew Choo

It’s time to try something different – riding the Charlie Russell Chew Choo dinner train. Five of us board the train about 8 miles out of Lewistown, MT. It’s a mixed crowd with some folks celebrating anniversaries, a few locals showing off Lewistown’s tourism attractions to visitors, travelers coming to the area specifically to ride the dinner train, and then we are joined by a busload of happy Canadians! What a fun bunch they are. … Read more

James Kipp Recreation Area

My first thought today is about the incredible diversity of geography in northcentral Montana. Our past few travels have either crossed the Missouri River or been on the Missouri River. If you launch a raft on the Missouri between Great Falls and Helena, the water is vastly different from what we saw today at James Kipp Recreation Area. As we have driven on highways close to the river we have been heading downstream. The river … Read more