Driving With Dixie – The Prelude

In just a couple of days, two grandmas from northeastern Montana will take three grandkids on a tour of the Montana Dinosaur Trail. There are 15 attractions on the trail and we anticipate they will cover about 925 miles from Ekalaka to Bozeman. This doesn’t count getting the group to Ekalaka or getting back to northeastern Montana from Bozeman. Here’s Grandma Dixie and she has agreed to post daily blogs, also some photos of the group as they … Read more

Touring the Highwood Mountains

A few days ago I went with a group to do birdwatching in the Highwood Mountains. Our primary goal was to follow a bluebird trail and the gorgeous scenery was just icing on the cake! We did bring a bluebird expert along so he assisted in checking some of the existing bluebird boxes. OK, he did more than assist! One box needed to be replaced, probably due to a cow or other animal bumping in … Read more

Budget Travel Idea

Here’s a deal for the budget weary – Sunday Sampler in Great Falls, MT April 5th. The Great Falls Museum Consortium holds its 9th Annual “Sunday Sampler” April 5th from noon until 5pm. Admission to 10 museums in Great Falls is free. Yes, zilch, zippo, zero! Museums participating are the Children’s Museum of Montana, C. M. Russell Museum, The History Museum, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum, Galerie Trinitas on the … Read more

Fort Benton’s Charm Trail

I was definitely charmed! A couple of weeks ago I was in Fort Benton”, MT and had a fun time exploring their Charm Trail. It was developed to encourage visitors to the community to check out businesses all around town. The Charm Trail began mostly with businesses on Front Street which runs along the pedestrian friendly levee, and has expanded to cover the town. There are Charm Trail Maps listing the 66 participating businesses and … 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

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

USFS Motor Vehicle Maps Available Online

The Lewis & Clark National Forest now has motorized use maps available on their website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lewisclark/projects/motorvehicle-index.shtml A recently adopted travel plan has many changes to motorized roads so caution is urged when recreating on the forest in motor vehicles. Maps available cover the Little Belt Mountains, Highwood Mountains, Big & Little Snowy Mountains, Crazy Mountains, Castle Mountains and the following areas on the Rocky Mountain Front: Badger-Two Medicine area, Teton Canyon, Sun Canyon, Benchmark area and Elk … Read more