This past Saturday I headed to White Sulphur Springs, MT for the 2nd annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival. Last year I had an obligation that took me in another direction so I missed the first one. I was determined to see certain headliners this year and I knew I could only devote one day to the festival. And a long day it was! First of all, the drive from Great Falls to White Sulphur Springs is … Read more
A few weeks ago I was driving north from the Bear Paw Battlefield towards Chinook, MT. On the west side of the road (in a fence) I saw a big brown llama, looking like he owned the place. I called my brother and asked who was using llamas around there and he informed me it was our cousin Kelly. Well, dang, that was my “in” to get up close to a llama for some photos! After … Read more
I’d like to start out by explaining how to say Wahkpa Chu’gn…it’s easiest to say Walk-pa Chew-gun. Learning how to spell it is a completely different story! I was at Wahkpa Chu’gn, a bison kill site also called a buffalo jump, the end of May. An interpretive center/visitor center was under construction and we were able to get a sneak preview. The final unveiling of the completed center was last Saturday and they’ve done a … Read more
The Montana Office of Tourism unveiled their Get Lost campaign a few years ago and it continues to cause chuckles. The goal behind the Get Lost theme is to encourage people to go out and explore and get off the beaten path on their Montana vacation. A great idea! The Get Lost campaign is now spreading to outdoor advertising in fun and unique places. This photo shows a couple of grain bins in downtown Havre with … Read more
Our recent Facebook contest winner posted a wonderful story about her first camping trip this summer. In her own words… First camping trip of the season. Hard to believe it took until the end of June to do it. But, it was well worth the wait! On a spur-of-the-moment decision we took a break from restoring a 50-year old Shasta and hit the highway. We must be getting good at packing because it was only an … Read more
Bummer – organizers of Bluegrass on the Bay in Great Falls announced that last weekend’s concert was their final one. Attendance was strong, people loved the performers (Suzy Bogguss was headliner, other bands were amazing too). Local fiddler Tobi Magruder (national fiddle chamption) opened the show. Reasons for discontinuing the fundraiser include the key organizers are moving and several committee members are not in good health. I hope another group picks up this fun event.
This photo was submitted by a Montana lady who had been visiting the Lewistown area. She entered our Facebook contest after she Liked our Central Montana page. I’d say it’s almost past sunset in the photo but what a lucky shot right as the sun was disappearing. She said the photo was taken just outside of Lewistown. Even though she lives in Montana, this was her Montana vacation. We like that!
A lot of folks on a Montana vacation don’t realize we have a state dinosaur – yup – it’s the Maiasaura unearthed fairly close to Choteau, MT. I was in Choteau recently and if you are driving towards Glacier National Park on US 89 you’ll go right through the middle of Choteau.The highway actually divides right before downtown Choteau, goes around the stately Teton County Courthouse, then comes back together to take travelers through downtown. … Read more
Just think about this – you are out on the plains of Central Montana working on a dinosaur “discovery” and it’s time to make a field jacket for it so it doesn’t get disturbed. A little precious water (no running water here!) is mixed with powdered plaster of paris and you’ve got the stuff to make the jacket. We were west of Choteau, MT with Two Medicine Dinosaur Center and these kids were having so much fun … Read more
Our group of exploring kids set off early the other day to get a glimpse of what the area looked like where dinosaurs once roamed. We were on the Rocky Mountain Front west of Choteau. The scenic backdrop is stunning with a wide open view of the Rocky Mountains. We also had pretty blue sky with occasional clouds – nice! There was very little vegetation where we were walking in search of dinosaur bones. It’s early July and our … Read more