One More Chinook Photo

Here’s another fun photo I want to share from Chinook’s Parade of Lights last Friday. This old time sheepwagon on a flatbed trailer was outlined with lights – pretty amazing! And, a great tribute to Chinook’s agricultural and ranching heritage. Chinook’s Parade of Lights takes place every year the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful time to experience the charm of our rural communities.

Chinook’s Christmas Parade of Lights

The day after Thanksgiving sees a lot of communities kick off their Christmas festivities. Chinook, located on US Hwy 2 in north central Montana, began the celebration last Friday with their annual Parade of Lights. It’s more than a parade though. Vendors were set up in several locations along Main Street (technically Indiana Street in Chinook). The parade started at 6pm when it was dark enough to see the lights glowing. Weather prompted many revelers to search … Read more

BLM Building New River Contact Station at Coal Banks

Dreaming of a river float on the Mighty Mo? Well, you can dust off your canoe but it’s a bit early. When “floating season” rolls around though, what a treat it will be to see the new River Contact Station at Coal Banks Landing near Virgelle, MT. A few years ago the Bureau of Land Management did upgrades to the campground at Coal Banks, a primary launch point for floating the White Cliffs of the Missouri. … Read more

Great Weather for Art Walk

The monthly First Friday Art Walk in Great Falls this weekend had great weather, perfect for strolling along Central Avenue. We decided to stop first at one location we had never been to, Studio 706, about three blocks off Central. It’s a small house with most of the furniture removed, and it worked great to showcase several local artists. From Studio 706, we started our way down Central Avenue, stopping first at Ben Chovanak’s new Uptown Gallery. I … Read more

Great Falls’ Tenth Street Bridge

What once was a Great Falls, MT bridge that was taken for granted has now become a sight to behold! During this past holiday season it seemed like I was out more after dark, yes, doing shopping, and I had a chance to see these blue lights several times. I’ll be honest, I didn’t take this photo. I have tried to shoot photos of the bridge when the blue lights are on and they turn … Read more

It’s A Holly Jolly Trolley Ride

The other evening I decided to check out the Christmas luminaria tours done by Tour de Great Falls in their heated trolley. I wasn’t as organized as I should have been and I went to the wrong place to catch the 5:30 pm trolley. Note to self, read things a little closer! I called Carol Place who operates the trolley and she said there would be an 8pm luminaria tour later that night and I would … Read more

One Big Christmas Tree

I had the honor of donating a Colorado Blue Spruce from my front yard to the city of Great Falls this year. Each year a large evergreen is put in front of Great Falls’ Civic Center (at the lower end of Central Avenue) and decorated with lights. The spruce was planted in my yard in 1980 and it was 5 feet tall when a company called Trans-A-Tree planted it. With lots of water, fertilizer and care, … Read more

Winter in Northcentral Montana

Great snow, mild temperatures and unique events – it doesn’t get much better. There’s still time to head out and enjoy winter in northcentral Montana.     Showdown Ski Area, located about 65 miles southeast of Great Falls, has 62 inches of the white stuff at the mountain summit. Saturday, April 5 will find some creative skiers, hand crafted mannequins, launched into the air for Showdown’s annual Mannequin Jump  You still have time to build … Read more