More Brews in Central Montana

The other day I had an interesting tour of The Front Brewing Company. They are located in what is called The Front Public House, adjacent to Faster Basset (great coffee, crepes and more). It was chilly outside – about 15 degrees above zero. As I walked in to The Front I felt the warmth and saw the glow of a huge double-sided fireplace. Ooh la la, that’s where I’d like to be sitting right now! I … Read more

Early Morning Waterfowl Hunt

I was out for an early morning drive recently, trying to capture a beautiful sunrise. I was successful at that and, as I was driving back to Great Falls along the Missouri River, I saw a couple of guys out waterfowl hunting. The first hunter I saw was a young guy wading in the chilly waters of the Mighty MO. Brrr! He looked like he was dressed for the weather and the activity though. At first … Read more

Montana Cattle Drive

Early yesterday morning I was pointing my car south of Great Falls on US Hwy 89. My destination was White Sulphur Springs, MT about 100 miles south. The drive is beautiful any time of year. US Hwy 89 from the junction of US 87 and US 89 (Armington rest area) to the junction of US Hwy 12 and 89 is designated the Kings Hill Scenic Byway. Around nearly every corner there is a photo op, … Read more

X-C Ski Day at Silver Crest

Last Saturday was Silver Crest Trails Association‘s annual SnowFest at the Kings Hill Winter Recreation Area south of Neihart, Montana. And, what a fun day it was! I was basically trying to squeeze in several activities Saturday – early morning bird count, an hour’s drive to the Kings Hill Winter Recreation Area, then a Broadway show that night. It wasn’t until I was home and looking at my photos of the X-C ski day that I … Read more

Annual Christmas Bird Count Underway

I admit, the first time I heard a friend refer to the CBC I was wondering if it was a new television network. Then, realizing her connection and devotion to bird watching, I carefully said hmmm…the CBC, is that something related to birds? Sure enough, CBC stands for the Christmas Bird Count. I’ve learned a lot about it since the first time I heard the letters. Over a century ago, ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a … Read more

A-Strolling We Did Go

Friday night was the Christmas Stroll in downtown Great Falls. I debated about going since the weather was about to change. But, I bundled in warm clothes and off I went with a friend to stroll. I had purchased a stroll button a couple of weeks before ($5) and I loved the design. Brian Morger, local artist, did the design featuring the Great Falls Historic Trolley. Each button is numbered and many of the downtown … Read more

A Visit To A Local Brewery

Bowser’s Brewing, located on the corner of 19th Street and 10th Avenue South in Great Falls, gave me a great tour today. I started my tour with owner, Evan Bowser, telling me that many years ago today (December 5, 1933) the 21st amendment was repealed. That was the amendment establishing prohibition in the US making alcohol illegal. I had been to Bowser’s a few times before but it had changed. The seating area of the brewery looked larger and … Read more

Learning About Trees

Last weekend I went to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls for their “Evergreen Lewis & Clark” open house. There was quite a variety of trees displayed in the foyer and also the lobby of the interpretive hall, all cut from areas in the Lewis & Clark National Forest in Central Montana. I took my granddaughter to this event and it didn’t take me long to realize how limited my knowledge was when it … Read more

Virgelle, Montana’s Country Christmas

What a fun day today! I drove from Great Falls to Virgelle, MT which is about 8 miles off US Hwy 87 between Loma and Big Sandy. It’s amazing that there were three cars ahead of me also taking the Virgelle turn. I followed them the entire 8 miles and we were all heading to the fun event called A Real Country Christmas at a Real Country Store. Country store it is – the Virgelle … Read more

Great Falls’ Parade of Lights

Last night was perfect weather-wise for Downtown Great Falls’ Parade of Lights…except…it was a bit windy. This year Downtown Great Falls decided to do two Christmas events, a week apart. For the last few years they have combined their parade of lights and Christmas stroll but this year was different. And, this is the first year that I remember having so many floats in the parade of lights. I started taking photos on my phone, … Read more