Kelly’s Llama is Named Fred

A few weeks ago I was driving north from the Bear Paw Battlefield towards Chinook, MT. On the west side of the road (in a fence) I saw a big brown llama, looking like he owned the place. I called my brother and asked who was using llamas around there and he informed me it was our cousin Kelly. Well, dang, that was my “in” to get up close to a llama for some photos! After … Read more

Sunset Photo From Facebook Contest

This photo was submitted by a Montana lady who had been visiting the Lewistown area. She entered our Facebook contest after she Liked our Central Montana page. I’d say it’s almost past sunset in the photo but what a lucky shot right as the sun was disappearing. She said the photo was taken just outside of Lewistown. Even though she lives in Montana, this was her Montana vacation. We like that!

Big Sandy’s Historical Museum

Many people drive right through Big Sandy, MT on US Hwy 87 without planning a stop. My advice – take a break and visit the museum as you are out and about this summer! I took some time last week and stopped at this neat and tidy building located just a couple blocks off the highway. This former depot building is a community center and a great repository of the area’s history. I was captivated by the “wall of brands” … Read more

Two More Montana Bale Trail Photos

It’s difficult to limit this to just two more Montana Bale Trail photos. This haybale entry in the What The Hay contest was titled Marg-hay-ritaville and it showed three beverages, all different colors. Every year when I drive the What The Hay route during the Montana Bale Trail event I am amazed at the cre-hay-tivity with the entries. This entry would have required some scupting and possibly some welding to get the stands for the … Read more

A Unique Event in North Central Montana

The Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay event happens every year the first Sunday after Labor Day. I’m late showing photos for the 2011 event but they are still just as good! The event was started as a joke between two ranchers and now there are over 50 decorated haybale entries that line the paved route between the rural towns of Hobson, Utica and Windham in central Montana. I’m not sure the exact length … Read more

Golf in the Malting Barley Capital

As we approach Fairfield, MT on US Hwy 89 I tell my golf buddies that this is the malting barley capital of the world. They think we are going to drink beer because of my malting barley comment but I tell them this is serious golf if we are going to squeeze in 27 holes today. Fairfield is located fairly close to the Rocky Mountain Front which produces beautiful warm days and cool nights – … Read more

Ready for the Montana Bale Trail

It was time to paint Russell Country’s annual entry in the Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay contest this past Thursday. This annual quirky festival happens the first Sunday after Labor Day each year. Every year I say – I’m going to come up with something clever! Every year we do the same entry – 26 bales stacked and painted with Welcome to Russell Country! I suppose there is something to be said for … Read more

A Great Community Garden

I love to walk by the Pea Pods Neighborhood Community Garden on the lower northside of Great Falls. They’ve done a great job of landscaping in addition to planting one fine garden so it really adds ambience to the residential area. It may not be considered a tourist attraction but I feel visitors value the community spirit and the colorful landscape. It truly is a community effort, one that took a little lobbying to get … Read more

Montana’s Harvest Time

I was trying to reach someone the other day, I left a message on his voice mail and waited several days. I ended up calling someone else I knew in that small town and he said…be patient, you know it’s harvest time. And, that it is! When I’m driving down the highway in August I want to shout out and tell all of our visitors that this is what was meant by the words to … Read more

Havre’s Farmers Market

If you are traveling to or through Havre on a Saturday in the summer, be sure to time your trip around their weekly SATURDAY market. US Hwy 2 goes right through Havre and I’m usually driving it on the way to visit my Mom in Chinook. When you get to downtown Havre you can’t miss the SATURDAY farmer’s market. Located in the Town Square, the market starts at 8am, ends at noon (or when things … Read more