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

Antique Motorcycles Cruise in to Great Falls

One hundred antique motorcycles are spending the night in Great Falls tonight and their owners are busy tuning things up for tomorrow’s ride. The parking lot of Great Falls’ Heritage Inn looks like a cross between a museum and a mechanic’s garage. Bikes and their owners were working on parts, some were dismantling engines, all in 48 degree temps and a drizzle of rain. The Cannonball Motorcycle Ride is an endurance ride that could be … Read more

Dive Club Cleans Giant Springs

It seemed hilarious to see dive tanks and scuba gear-clad people in Giant Springs. This state park, located just beyond the east edge of Great Falls, is pretty specific about no swimming in the springs! The afternoon was beautiful although I erred on the side of caution and wore a light windbreaker. The sun was beaming and we had a light breeze rustling through the variety of trees at Giant Springs State Park. And then came those funny looking scuba … Read more

Why Central Montana Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List This Year

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Imagine a land where the towering Rocky Mountains meet the sweeping horizon of the Great Plains. Where vibrant modern life is interwoven with a rugged, storied history, and where seemingly endless recreational opportunities are balanced by moments of historical and cultural exploration. Tucked between Yellowstone National Park to the south and Glacier National Park to the northwest, Central Montana is an intersection of authentic Western culture, remarkable scenery, and rich history. Central Montana is an … Read more

Driving Through A Volcanic Field

Last night as I took a scenic country drive I wondered why this area was so different. It’s a transition from the rolling plains for sure but a mighty fast transition. Locally, this area is called the Adel Mountains but technically, it is a volcanic field. My research shows that about 75 million years ago magma pushed up along cracks, pushed walls apart, squirted magma in different directions – sounds pretty  scary to me but … Read more

My First Visit to Arod Lakes

I had heard about Arod Lakes for several years and always planned to stop by when I was in or near the Choteau area. Well, it finally happened when I was taking a short-cut from I-15 near Collins and heading west to Fairfield. After taking a wrong turn I saw a sign for Arod Lakes. The month of May in Central Montana has been a bit wet – snowmelt and rain have all contributed to beautiful green grass, … Read more

I Never Tire of the View At Sluice Boxes

Sluice Boxes State Park is just off US Hwy 89 north of Monarch, Montana. If you are driving north it is tempting to zip right by, and I suppose the same is true if you are heading south when you are picking up speed to climb the hill. Don’t be tempted to pass this gem by! Even a stop at the scenic overlook is worth your time. There are interpretive panels in an easy in-and-out … Read more

Scenic Drive, Fun Road Between Great Falls and Helena

I have the opportunity to take the drive between Great Falls and Helena quite often. Sometimes I’m scrambling, in a hurry to get there when I didn’t allow enough time. Other times I just have a lot on my mind and I’m a bit grumpy. Well, it doesn’t take long to relax and improve my mood when I head south on I-15 from Great Falls. I drove this route a week ago and stopped several … Read more

Geology Lesson at Giant Springs State Park

I was at Giant Springs State Park this morning looking for some photo ops. Before I drove the short distance from my house in Great Falls, I looked at the sky and said “yup, good sunshine coming through the clouds”. As I was driving along River Road I saw that sunshine slip behind the clouds and only saw glimpses of it after that. I had fun taking photos at the state park though and the first … Read more

I’m Loving Our Fall Colors

I’ll be the first one to admit that we get wind in Central Montana. My comment to that is we have plenty of fresh air, no stale air pollution here! The downside to wind in the fall is that our beautiful fall foliage tends to be short-lived. I’m not sure what’s different about this year but I’ve found “a photo op a  minute” in several different directions when I’ve been out driving. Tonight I drove southwest … Read more