Tall Boys Tavern Hosts Farm to Fabulous

I’ve eaten at Tall Boys Tavern in Hobson several times (my fave…fish tacos if you are there on Friday) but the invitation to attend an “art unveiling” was intriguing. Titled “Farm to Fabulous” the event was touted as a chance to see employees of the tavern and restaurant in a different light. Since I know a couple of the folks who work there I was eager to point my wheels east and do a road … Read more

Swimming at Gigantic Warm Springs

I wish I could tally up the number of times I have driven by the Gigantic Warm Springs sign when I was on MT Hwy 81, wanting to stop but thinking I would do that some other time. Well, the “some other time” finally happened and what a delightful surprise I found. When you turn off the highway you are on the Vanek Ranch, owners of this unique warm spring. The drive into the ranch … Read more

Roadhouse Diner Joins Pie a la Road

Here’s the beginning of the story – I simply HAD to eat one more piece of pie to keep my record of “verifying” every pie location on Central Montana’s pie trail, Pie a la Road. There was no long road trip for this one. In fact, I could have (should have) walked to Roadhouse Diner in Great Falls. Roadhouse Diner is known for several things – their amazing and unique burgers, delicious fries, large portions, … Read more

Oh Yeah, I’m A Cowgirl

I have decided that deep inside me there is a cowgirl just waiting to get out! First of all, I have boots. Yes, I do. Not fancy boots, just good functional cowgirl boots. The fact that I probably only wear them a couple times a year does not matter. And the hat. Yes, I have that too. It’s a straw hat which is perfect since the 2 times a year I wear my boots would … Read more

150th Anniversary at Fort Shaw

150 years! In Montana history that’s pretty significant. First, some background on the history of this 150 year old Fort. In the late 1860s there was a lot of conflict between Native Americans and the white settlers who came to the area. Fort Shaw was constructed and opened June 30, 1867 to protect the settlers traveling on what was called the Mullan Road. Construction of the fort was primarily adobe bricks and when you look … Read more

Red Ants Pants Music Festival – What An Event!

You can call it a music festival (and it is) but it is so much more! It’s a celebration of rural life, of family, of small and big towns, all happening in the middle of a pasture just outside of White Sulphur Springs. The town of White Sulphur Springs has almost a thousand people living there but attendance at Red Ants Pants Music Festival tops 16,000. Just a few good folks over for a visit! … Read more

A Visit to Cowgirl Camp

I’ll let a little secret out – I’ve always wanted to be a cowgirl. When the opportunity came up to visit a cowgirl camp called Horses N Courage, I jumped at the chance. This is the fourth summer of operation for Horses N Courage cowgirl camp and each year has seen more amenities added to the camp. Operating south of Lennep in the Crazy Mountains, the views are simply spectacular. I could see the Castle … Read more

Forever Faithful Shep – 75 Years of Loyalty

This is a story about the never-ending love between a dog and his master. It was 75 years ago that Shep, a mongrel dog, appeared at the Fort Benton rail depot. His master, a sheepherder, had passed away and his body was being sent back east to relatives. The dog began a 5 1/2 year vigil at the depot, meeting every train that pulled in to the station in search of his master. Let’s do … Read more

Lewistown Sponsors Montana’s Longest Table

When I first heard about the event called Montana’s Longest Table I couldn’t quite visualize how they would structure it, but I knew I wanted to attend. What is it? Two city blocks in Lewistown were closed off and long tables were placed down the middle of the streets. Area restaurants were contacted and eleven of them agreed to each make 200 samples (200 tickets were sold). The best part…they needed to use a product … 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