25th Annual Montana Bale Trail A Success

Whether you call it the Montana Bale Trail or the What The Hay, it’s a huge success. And a lot of fun. I enjoy both aspects of the Montana Bale Trail – building an entry and then going on the main day of the event to see what every one else built. What is this event? Twenty five years ago two ranchers in the Hobson-Utica area started it. One put up a corny bale spoofing … Read more

Lambing Season is Hard Work for Ranchers

Last weekend I visited with a ranching family near Fort Shaw and they said they were getting ready to start lambing, probably this week. Right away I set up a time to visit and get some photos.    We had periodic snow throughout the week but, for the most part, everything that fell in Great Falls melted. I kept thinking about how those little lambs would react to cooler weather though. As I drove south … Read more

My First Visit to the MT Winter Fair

It’s hard to believe that the Montana Winter Fair has been around for 67 years and I just attended it for the first time! The Montana Winter Fair began in Bozeman and has been in Lewistown since 2003. I asked one of the organizers what the primary event was and she said there were many, many events. I had to experience the fair to understand just how many activities they did have. The drive to Lewistown was … Read more

Montana Bale Trail: What The Hay Event

Each year I struggle to come up with something different for this incredibly unique event held between the communuties of Hobson, Utica and Windham. Then, I see what others have created for their entries and I think, darn, I could have done that! The time for the Montana Bale Trail: What the Hay 2013 got closer and I was simply blank – no ideas! The week prior to the event I worked on a 5 foot long … Read more

Learning How to Harvest Sweetgrass

I met the owner of Montana Sweetgrass Etc. a couple of years ago at the Made in Montana Marketplace. Her booth at the marketplace was so pretty and the product so unique – I decided I wanted to learn more about it. Yes, it has taken me two years to get this done! The only place I had ever seen sweetgrass growing was near Cut Bank, MT and that was many years ago. I wouldn’t have known … Read more

Cattle Drive a Success

Well, the rain continued during the rest of the cattle drive. I decided it created a pretty atmosphere and I’m sure the cows and horses were glad it wasn’t too hot. I thought the grass was lush although some of the cowboys said it wasn’t nearly as tall as it had been in previous years. This photo shows the cattle and riders coming down a dirt road, not too far from the corrals where they … Read more

Getting Ready To Move Cattle

Moving cattle around is part of ranch life. Sometimes it’s just from pasture to pasture so the grass doesn’t get eaten too short. Other times it’s to get cattle out of hot summer weather so they are moved to higher ground. No matter the reason, it is a fun day when you see the herd moving along with riders on horseback behind. There is usually a dog too – in these parts is is probably a … Read more

Montana Cattle Drive

Early yesterday morning I was pointing my car south of Great Falls on US Hwy 89. My destination was White Sulphur Springs, MT about 100 miles south. The drive is beautiful any time of year. US Hwy 89 from the junction of US 87 and US 89 (Armington rest area) to the junction of US Hwy 12 and 89 is designated the Kings Hill Scenic Byway. Around nearly every corner there is a photo op, … Read more

Traveling the Montana Bale Trail

It’s hard to believe that the Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay event has been successfully entertaining visitors to the Judith Basin area for 23 years. That’s a lot of haybale decorating! The Montana Bale Trail is the route between Hobson, Utica and Windham. It’s about 21 miles long, all paved, and it bypasses some idyllic looking farms and ranches. It is held the Sunday after Labor Day each year. The event began as … Read more

Perennial Rootsfest Held in Great Falls

Forde Nursery in Great Falls was the site of Friday night’s 3rd Perennial Rootsfest. Note the word perennial in the name – this event is held at a nursery and annual would be a misnomer! Carrie Rodriquez headlined the show and Peter Karp and Sue Foley also performed. Rodriquez, an Austin, TX native, is a singer/songwriter/musician who wows crowds with her vocals and instrumental skills. She studied violin in younger years and can turn out some amazing music. The setting at … Read more