Annual Lewis & Clark Festival Opens June 29

For 23 years the community of Great Falls has welcomed its annual Lewis & Clark Festival. Great Falls has long had keen interest in the Lewis & Clark Expedition’s travels that occurred over 200 years ago across what was then-termed the Louisiana Purchase. It was, by all accounts, a military expedition led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The expedition was made up of sergeants, privates, a Frenchman and a Shoshone woman. And, don’t forget Lewis’ dog, … Read more

Where The Buffalo Roam

A few weeks ago I was in Havre and took this photo of a sculpted buffalo in Havre’s Town Square. In case you are wondering, Havre’s school mascot is not a buffalo (its a blue pony) but a local group worked to place this buffalo sculpture in a visible location to beautify the area. Once a rather run-down looking block in the center of Havre, this area was transformed to be a Town Square. Weekly … Read more

Grateful Bread A Yummy Stop

If you are on US Hwy 2 driving through Havre on your Montana vacation, allow some time to stop at Grateful Bread. It’s located just a block from the highway in a building called the Atrium Mall. Head to the lower level to find Grateful Bread…or…just follow the wonderful aromas of fresh baked breads. I’ve managed to stop twice at Grateful Bread in the last few weeks. Once was a breakfast visit in search of … Read more

Story of Bicycling and Voyagers Baseball Wins Contest

Actually, the theme of the trip doesn’t matter. Our Facebook “Like Us and Share Your Experience” contest is a computerized random pick for the winner. We’d like to share our first winner’s submission though and it’s a great one. Paul Lloyd Davies shared the following story when he entered our Facebook contest. “I can’t think of a better way to experience baseball in Central Montana than a bicycle ride across Great Falls to Centene Stadium … Read more

Inspiring Tour of Bear Paw Battlefield

I grew up knowing about the Bear Paw Battlefield since I was born and raised near there. At that time it was called the Chief Joseph Battlefield but as legislation passed in later years it was renamed to Bear Paw. Geographically, the battlefield lies near the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains and it is located 16 miles south of Chinook. The highway to the battlefield is paved and it is any easy drive from Chinook. You first cross … Read more

Impressed With Fresno Reservoir

It had been years since I had been to Fresno Reservoir – until a couple weeks ago. There have been so many improvements at this recreation area I don’t even know where to start! The reservoir is located about 12 miles west of Havre. It was built for irrigation and completed in 1939 so, a long time ago. Managed by the Bureau of Reclamation, the reservoir has 5,760 surface acres of water and six recreation … Read more

Beaver Creek Park – Nearby Oasis

I hadn’t been out to Beaver Creek Park since last summer and as I began the drive south of Havre it brought back fond thoughts of this scenic gem. It had rained off and on for three days before I was planning on going to Beaver Creek Park. The day I drove to the park the sun was shining brightly and all of the vegetation looked lush and green. Beaver Creek Park is located about … Read more

Rudyard’s Depot Museum – Very Cool

We made a quick trip west on US Hwy 2 to visit the Rudyard Depot Museum the other day. Rudyard is between Chester and Havre and one of several small towns on this stretch of highway. The first thing that captivates many potential visitors to Rudyard is their sign along the highway – Rudyard: 596 Nice People, One Old Sorehead! I think the very bottom part says Rip Snorting and Raring for Business. In all truthfulness, … Read more

Transportation by Bull Boat

I stopped at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT yesterday and visited with Nancy Fonicello who was cleaning an item called a bull boat. The boat was donated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) to the foundation that supports the Interpretive Center. Nancy is a conservator – her goal was to clean and assess the condition of the bull boat. She was wiping the entire boat with latex sponges using no cleaning fluids, … Read more

Polite Rider and Polite Horses

As I drove to the post office in downtown Great Falls today I couldn’t believe my eyes! A horseback rider was riding east on 1st Avenue North, then he turned over to 2nd Avenue North and rode across the Cascade County Courthouse lawn. I would like to point out that the rider and his two horses in tow observed all traffic signs and stop lights! What a sight to see! If this was during your … Read more