Great Airport in Great Falls

I had a meeting at the Great Falls International Airport the other day and my camera was handy. As many times as I’ve been in that airport, I never thought to take some pictures. The airport was recently remodeled, partly for design features, partly for security features. The design fits Montana well. When you first walk in to the street level you see stunning tile work on the floor depicting area rivers. In reality, the … Read more

Here’s A Foodie Blog

I do like to talk about food in Russell Country! When our group ate at the Square Butte Country Club the other day we had a buffet-style lunch with (you won’t believe this) spinach wraps with asparagus and hummus, ultra-yummy chicken salad on a croissant, roast beef on sourdough, salad and of course two desserts. I heard someone asking about a particular ingredient and all I found out was that fennel was used in something! … Read more

Pretty Drive on MT Hwy 80

As we left the Square Butte Country Club we decided to take a different route back to Great Falls. We drove on MT Hwy 80 to Geraldine, then kept going until we almost reached Fort Benton. This photo was taken at an interpretive kiosk between Geraldine and Fort Benton. The kiosk is surrounded by ranch and farm land. You have great views of the Highwood Mountains, the notable square butte and round butte features and you … Read more

It’s Called Square Butte for a Reason

Wow, take a look at that great scenic background! Our group was getting some geology history as we gazed at the formation known as square butte. I think it looks more “square” or at least flat-topped when viewing it from the south side. We were on the opposite side. To the right of the butte is a former quarry. With all the recent rain in the area we stayed on the road and didn’t drive … Read more

Square Butte, MT – Here We Come

There were 25 of us who gathered in Square Butte, MT yesterday which may have doubled the town’s population! I always say Square Butte, MT because there are two geological formations called square buttes that we frequently talk about in Russell Country. One is west of Great Falls between Ulm and Cascade and the other is east of Great Falls between Geyser and Stanford where we were yesterday. And, both buttes can be seen in Charlie Russell … Read more

Great Way to Learn History

What a better way to discover and learn history than to go touring! Recently, a group of eighth grade students from Whitefish, MT did a loop through the state to focus on our Montana history. They stopped at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm which is about 20 minutes from Great Falls. It’s an easy drive on I-15, then you take the Ulm exit and drive about 3.5 miles on a paved road. The … Read more

We Celebrate Tourism

Tourism and recreation are huge contributors to Montana’s economy. They are ranked as the second leading industry in the state. Sometimes we get so busy we forget to really celebrate or call attention to the benefits of the industry. I’ve often said, we certainly would not enjoy the level of air service we have if it wasn’t for tourism. Even Montana residents enjoy the benefits of more beautiful man-made attractions – just think of all of our … Read more

Cruisin’ The Drag Car Show

The second Sunday in May is always Cruisin’ The Drag, a car show in downtown Great Falls, MT. The city closes off Central Avenue from 9th Street down to the Civic Center (9 blocks) and cars and motorcycles line both sides of the streets. People wander down the middle of the street and from side to side checking out these beautiful cars. I can only imagine the amount of money invested in restoring, painting and jazzing … Read more

Annual Spring Tipi Raising at First Peoples

It’s spring and time to put the tipi up at First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm, MT. Each time I drive towards the park from Ulm, the first thing I see is the white, cone shaped tipi on a relatively flat, slightly rolling plain with the cliff in the background. A beautiful sight! This photo shows the tipi poles in place correctly, a critical step in the process. If not done right, you could … Read more

Conrad’s Theater is Beautiful

Conrad’s Orpheum Theater is such a treat. It took several years to complete the restoration work but it was worth the wait. The Celtic concert I attended last Monday night at the theater was titled “Men of Worth”, (not sure what that’s about!). After our wonderful Irish dinner at Joe’s Steakhouse, I had a few extra minutes so I scurried in and took some photos inside the theater of one of the performers tuning instruments. They … Read more