24 Hours in Great Falls, Montana

If you only had 24 hours to enjoy Great Falls what would you do? First of all you need to realize that you can’t see it all and you will get only a taste of the community. And that’s just what we did a week ago for visitors to the area. After checking in to the Hotel Arvon in downtown Great Falls, a dinner plan was decided. Our visitors wanted something casual and fun. Someone suggested Roadhouse Diner, … Read more

Young and Old Danced at The Little Shell Pow Wow

This past weekend I attended the Little Shell Pow Wow at First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm, Montana. This was a traditional pow wow, not a competitive one, and the atmosphere was relaxed and family-oriented. I arrived early but not in time to manage to get a parking spot in the parking lot! Volunteers were very organized though and they had a system of directing vehicles in a pattern on the surrounding grassy areas. The … Read more

Cowboy Artist Charlie Russell: The Women In His Life and Art

A new exhibition just opened at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. At first glance, the title “Charles Russell: Women in His Life and Art” seems out of line, perhaps an ill-fit for America’s cowboy artist. Most western art aficionados I know value Russell artwork because he created such realistic images of wildlife and he portrayed the Plains Indian tribes with such accuracy. Since Russell lived the “cowboy way of life” he produced poignant and … Read more

My Horseback Ride Along the Rocky Mountain Front

The Northwest Outdoor Writers Association recently met in Choteau, Montana and there were several activities lined up to experience the area. As signups for an afternoon trail ride with A Lazy H Outfitters filled quickly, my heart began to sink. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to ride. To my delight though, a second ride was scheduled and my excitement began to build. I don’t own a horse, I wouldn’t have anywhere to keep it, nor … Read more

When We Say Islands, We Mean Mountains

I was at a large gathering of tourism professionals this past week and was surprised when someone asked what an island mountain range was. In Central Montana we refer to several of our mountain ranges as islands. We call them islands because they are isolated from a larger chain of mountain ranges and, on the plains, they look like islands on high ground.  You’ll find many island ranges in the northern Rocky Mountains of the … Read more