America The Beautiful – Russell Country’s Version

On a recent trip to Chester, MT I realized we are in the midst of harvest in northcentral Montana. Just like the song, those amber waves of grain covered acres and acres of fields. Harvest crews were working diligently, carrying on a way of life in the breadbasket of Montana. I’ve often thought it would be great to label our crops so visitors (and locals too) would know the types of grain growing. This area … Read more

Grizzlies, Good Food and Much More in Dupuyer

Dupuyer, MT, located north of Choteau on US Hwy 89, hosts their annual Grizzly Day Saturday, August 2nd. You probably won’t see any grizzlies but Dupuyer is near prime habitat for these huge top-of-the-food-chain critters. Activities throughout Grizzly Day include Hands of Harvest artisans displaying their work, horse drawn wagon rides, a great variety of food, children’s games, Dutch oven cooking demos, a horse handling clinic, greased pig calcutta and the always popular Great Dupuyer … Read more

Diggin’ For Dinosaurs in Montana’s Russell Country

With the varied terrain in Russell Country, it isn’t difficult to imagine different dinosaurs roaming some of the landscapes. Grab a Montana Dinosaur Trail brochure and let’s go exploring dinosaurs! Our first stop is the Old Trail Museum in Choteau, MT. This is where a discovery by Marion Brandvold, at what is now called Egg Mountain, changed how paleontologists viewed these creatures. Maiasaura, which translates to “good mother lizard”, was found here along with a … Read more

Floating the Mighty Mo

It’s definitely summertime and that means time to enjoy our waterways. Join me in recalling my last float trip down the Mighty Missouri and through the famous White Cliffs. Our first stop was in Fort Benton, MT at the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center. We learned some good tips on floating the river and also bought river maps.  The Wild & Scenic Missouri stretches for 149 miles and is contained in the Upper Missouri … Read more

Annual Lewis & Clark Festival Held in Great Falls, Montana

For the past 19 years, Great Falls, MT has been the site of an annual Lewis & Clark Festival. This year the festival included a living history encampment at Giant Springs Heritage State Park, two outdoor concerts at the amphitheater near the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and ongoing Native American tribal traditions being demonstrated. After a quick tour of the Center, we took some photos, both inside and outside. The diorama portraying the Lewis … Read more

A Family Reunion Haywagon Adventure

Summer is here, family is coming for a visit and what can you do? Here’s a great idea! I recently joined with friends when they planned a haywagon ride as part of their family reunion in north central Montana. Their gathering was headquartered in Chinook, MT located on US Hwy 2…we call it Montana’s Hi-Line. After touring the Blaine County Museum in Chinook we traveled about 15 miles south on Clear Creek Road. Kudos to … Read more

Hitch Those Wagons for A Montana Adventure

A few weeks ago I joined Halfmoon Enterprises southeast of Lewistown, MT on one of their wagon train adventures and what an adventure it was! Since I don’t have a wagon (my Subaru doesn’t count) I decided to ride along in one of the wagons. My other option was renting one of their horses and going along as an outrider. The wagon seat won out! Three of us drove east of Harlowton, MT to the … Read more

Still Birdwatching – Our List is Growing

Here’s the drill, it’s 6am, we are packed and checked out, breakfast is either consumed or in hand, and we are driving south of Havre, MT 10 miles to Beaver Creek Park. This 17 mile long park straddles the paved road giving easy access to several camping areas, fishing gems, and great places for birding. Although I was tired and probably not ready to start, the first group of birds did get my attention. Think … Read more

Two More Days of Birdwatching

I’ll admit, when we checked out of the Fairfield Park Inn in Fairfield, MT at 6am for our second day of birding, I was tired. Surely, the same birds would still be there at 8am! It didn’t take long for my enthusiasm to come back when we traveled west of Choteau, MT along Bellview Road and saw McCown’s longspur, Cassin’s finch, prairie falcons, kestrals, bluebirds, sharp-tailed grouse and sandhill cranes. I knew about bluebird boxes … Read more

Take A Stroll on the River’s Edge Trail

River’s Edge Trail winds its way along the Missouri River as it travels through Great Falls, Montana. This non-motorized use trail is on both north and south sides of the river and bypasses Black Eagle Falls, Rainbow Falls and Crooked Falls.  The trail is paved for approximately 12 miles but as you reach the edges of the city, it becomes gravel for single track use. City parks, historic districts, interpretive panels and ADA access from parking areas combine to make this trail one … Read more