Chinook’s Bear Paw Battlefield

From Havre, we traveled east on US Highway 2 about 20 minutes to Chinook, MT. To get a good overview of the area’s history we visited the Blaine County Museum on Main Street. You’ll find dinosaur info here since this is one of the locations on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail, but there is much more. My favorite here is an amazing video titled Forty Miles From Freedom about the battle that occurred 16 miles south of … Read more

A Variety of Tourist Activities

We stayed overnight at Virgelle, MT in original homestead cabins, complete with kerosene lantern and a copy of the original property deed. What unique lodging! The Virgelle Merc was busy this morning with several groups getting ready to launch canoes at Coal Banks Landing just one mile downstream. We didn’t get a chance to canoe, but we did ride the free river ferry and my travel buddies loved it! The Upper Missouri has three river … Read more

Road Trip Travels North

We left Great Falls this morning and drove first to Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Past blogs will give you a glimpse into my birdwatching skills and I wanted to show this gem off to my friends. After a stop at Benton Lake’s new visitor center we took one of the auto tour routes. We saw a lot of birds, I couldn’t name hardly any of them. Our visit was still a treat but…I should … Read more

Charlie Russell – America’s Cowboy Artist

Today we visited the C. M. Russell Museum complex located in what I call the heart of Great Falls. The museum”, Charlie and Nancy Russell’s home, and Charlie’s log studio are all on this one-block complex in their original location. A few years ago the Russell Museum rehung all of Charlie’s art in chronological order. At the time I didn’t think it was a big deal but it really shows his growth as an artist. … Read more

Russell Country Road Trip

Time for a road trip! Follow along with me and several friends who wanted to experience Montana’s Russell Country. We began by taking a raft trip on the Missouri River in Wolf Creek Canyon, about 35 minutes southwest of Great Falls. The day started out cloudy, but as we launched, the sun brightened our beautiful “Big Sky” and stayed that way the entire trip. The rocky canyon walls are impressive when you drive by them … Read more

What The Hay – What An Event!

If you are in need of some good old fashioned chuckles, drive to Utica, MT Sunday, September 7, 2008. The annual What The Hay event takes place roadside between Hobson, Utica and Windham, MT. Area ranchers build haybale cre”Hay”tions and use the words hay, bale or straw in their title. There are usually about 50 entries, some using square-corner bales, some using the big round bales. Election years sometimes feature candidates in the bale entries. … Read more

America The Beautiful – Russell Country’s Version

On a recent trip to Chester, MT I realized we are in the midst of harvest in northcentral Montana. Just like the song, those amber waves of grain covered acres and acres of fields. Harvest crews were working diligently, carrying on a way of life in the breadbasket of Montana. I’ve often thought it would be great to label our crops so visitors (and locals too) would know the types of grain growing. This area … Read more

Grizzlies, Good Food and Much More in Dupuyer

Dupuyer, MT, located north of Choteau on US Hwy 89, hosts their annual Grizzly Day Saturday, August 2nd. You probably won’t see any grizzlies but Dupuyer is near prime habitat for these huge top-of-the-food-chain critters. Activities throughout Grizzly Day include Hands of Harvest artisans displaying their work, horse drawn wagon rides, a great variety of food, children’s games, Dutch oven cooking demos, a horse handling clinic, greased pig calcutta and the always popular Great Dupuyer … Read more

Diggin’ For Dinosaurs in Montana’s Russell Country

With the varied terrain in Russell Country, it isn’t difficult to imagine different dinosaurs roaming some of the landscapes. Grab a Montana Dinosaur Trail brochure and let’s go exploring dinosaurs! Our first stop is the Old Trail Museum in Choteau, MT. This is where a discovery by Marion Brandvold, at what is now called Egg Mountain, changed how paleontologists viewed these creatures. Maiasaura, which translates to “good mother lizard”, was found here along with a … Read more

Floating the Mighty Mo

It’s definitely summertime and that means time to enjoy our waterways. Join me in recalling my last float trip down the Mighty Missouri and through the famous White Cliffs. Our first stop was in Fort Benton, MT at the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center. We learned some good tips on floating the river and also bought river maps.  The Wild & Scenic Missouri stretches for 149 miles and is contained in the Upper Missouri … Read more