Scenic Drive Through Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation

I was on my way to Chinook in northern Montana last weekend and had a little spare time so I decided to turn in to the little town of Box Elder and drive through Rocky Boy. When you are traveling on US Hwy 87 the terrain seems relatively flat. Area farmers grow plenty of small grain crops ranging from wheat and barley to a nice variety of pulse crops (peas, lentils). A lesson about agriculture – if … Read more

Old Fort Benton Opens With a Bang

Actually, the Old Fort at Fort Benton opened with a “boom”! The firing of the cannon has become a ritual for celebrations at the restored Old Fort Benton in this small historic town. Dubbed the “Birthplace of Montana”, Fort Benton was the site of many steamboats who came up the Missouri River in the 1800s. This was the farthest they could come without getting in to the upstream series of waterfalls. Fur traders, Native Americans and … Read more

Montana Fishing Season Opens

The third Saturday in May is when Montana’s general fishing season opens. This year that was May 18. The general season closes November 30. Not to make things confusing, but, Montana’s lakes and reservoirs are generally open year round. I was driving on I-15 this weekend and lamented the heavy cloud cover. Clouds bring rain though and they must make for pretty good fishing conditions because I saw quite a few drift boats and plenty of fishermen wading in … Read more

Fun Antique Show in Collins, MT

Last weekend I wanted to go to an antique sale organized by the Virgelle Mercantile in Collins, Montana. I called a friend and her response was, “sure, where is Collins”? That’s a typical response when people hear the name of the town. It really isn’t a town any more. There is a sign for the Collins road off I-15 between Great Falls and Conrad, more specifically between Dutton and Brady. There are several farm homes after … Read more

Bike Race to Eden

The Great Falls Bike Club sponsored a road race yesterday from Broadwater Bay in the center of Great Falls to the turn for the community of Eden south of Great Falls. The bike racers would ride approximately 26 miles. The super serious bike racers would do that twice because, well, they can. And they love to ride! I wanted to get them coming up a hill in an open area but the timing didn’t work. I had … Read more

Traveling to Turner

Mention the town of Turner, Montana and some life-long Montana residents get a puzzled look on their face. The town’s location is about 35 miles north of Harlem (US Hwy 2) and 12 miles south of the US/Canada border. The border crossing, named after the Saskatchewan town of Climax, helps bring Canadian travelers to the community and also makes a shorter trip for US citizens heading in to Canada. I stopped along the paved road between Harlem and Turner … Read more