Hand Hewn Log Bed & Breakfast

When I was in Dupuyer, MT the other day (on US Hwy 89, north of Choteau) I stopped by the Inn Dupuyer Bed & Breakfast. I knew they had been doing some additions to the property and I was eager to see the results. First of all, the bed and breakfast is in a home that is over 100 years old, made from hand-hewn logs. There are five sleeping rooms, all with private baths. Each of … Read more

Montana’s Harvest Time

I was trying to reach someone the other day, I left a message on his voice mail and waited several days. I ended up calling someone else I knew in that small town and he said…be patient, you know it’s harvest time. And, that it is! When I’m driving down the highway in August I want to shout out and tell all of our visitors that this is what was meant by the words to … Read more

A Hidden Gem on US 89

There is the most amazing little store in a small Montana town called Dupuyer. If you look at your map, Dupuyer is on US Hwy 89 (the highway runs though the middle of Dupuyer). It’s a small town – look north of Choteau and Bynum – or – south of where US Hwys 2 & 89 intersect near Browning. Now, finding the town is half the battle! The store, located on the main street through town, is called … Read more

Making Movies in Havre

It’s been big news on Montana’s Hi-Line lately – filming of Winter in the Blood, based on a popular novel written by James Welch, has been ongoing. Welch was born in Browning, MT and raised near the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations. His mother was Gros Ventre, giving him ties to Fort Belknap, which is 40 miles east of Havre. Winter in the Blood was Welch’s first novel. The Winter in the Blood storyline goes … Read more

Lewistown History Lesson

When I was in Lewistown a week ago I took a photo of Reed’s Fort. I know I’ve driven by it before but I just never noticed it until now. It’s located on Casino Creek Drive and the street curves as you pass by it. Maybe I’ve always watched the street, not the scenery. After I got home I asked a couple of folks in Lewistown for more information about this fort. It was built and named after a rather … Read more

Lewis & Clark Center Hosts One Millionth Visitor

Saturday, August 20, 2011 was THE day that the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT hosted their one millionth visitor! The anticipation had been building with media press releases touting the daily count – until they hit 999,900. Then, the sound bites went silent and we all had to wait and wonder when it would happen. When I got to the Lewis & Clark Interpretative Center this morning it looked like a party … Read more

Mighty Cool Buffalo

I was at the Great Falls International Airport the other day and my camera was on the front seat of my car. As I rounded the corner to head to the parking area I noticed a painted fiberglass buffalo. Well, I’ve noticed it many times but I’ve never had my camera that handy! There was a car close behind me so I made the loop in front of the terminal and around the parking area, … Read more

Plein Air Workshop at Russell Museum

The C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT was the site of a plein air painting workshop taught by area artist Tom Gilleon this past Monday and Tuesday. Tom is known for his incredibly high quality art works, most notably his teepees. And, that was the “model” for this week’s workshop. Monday’s weather forecast was an iffy one…it would have been a toss-up whether to cancel or set up someplace inside. An inside workshop … Read more

Lewistown’s Big Spring

I drove out along Big Spring Creek (MT Hwy 238) the other evening after a meeting in Lewistown. It’s a curvy road creating a beautiful scenic drive. There are several easily accessible fishing access sites just a few minutes from Lewistown for that person who wants to grab their fly rod, walk just a few steps to the bank of the creek and start fishing. Sounds like a fly fisherman’s dream! You’ll hear the area … Read more

Riders In The Sky – An Awesome Show

A Nashville, TN group, Riders In The Sky, headlined the evening performance at the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering Saturday night in Lewistown. There are four musicians in the group and their instruments include guitar, bass, violin (fiddle) and accordion. This group has been around for over thirty years and they say they are “keepers of the flame” of unforgettable cowboy and western music. This group also manages to work in some good humor along with their music. At … Read more