I Never Tire of the View At Sluice Boxes

Sluice Boxes State Park is just off US Hwy 89 north of Monarch, Montana. If you are driving north it is tempting to zip right by, and I suppose the same is true if you are heading south when you are picking up speed to climb the hill. Don’t be tempted to pass this gem by! Even a stop at the scenic overlook is worth your time. There are interpretive panels in an easy in-and-out … Read more

More than Fiddles at Annual Camp

This is one of those – I wish I had realized how fun this event would be! A couple of weeks ago I drove to the St. Thomas Camp near Monarch, Montana for the evening concert at the annual Montana Fiddle Camp. I had never been there and had no idea what to expect. Well – it’s a lot more than fiddles! You would have a hard time missing this camp – huge banners were … Read more

Charlie Russell Chew Choo Gets New Trestle

In 2011, when spring runoff came downstream on the Judith River (the river I think should be called a creek because it is usually so small) it was devastating to many landowners. The Lewistown Chamber of Commerce, operator of the Charlie Russell Chew Choo dinner train, also had a loss when the Judith River trestle was basically destroyed. This photo shows what a former straight track looked like after rushing water twisted the steel girders. … Read more

Black Powder Shoot Near Havre

I travel to Chinook, Montana most Memorial Day weekends to connect with long-time friends and spend time with family. Each time I am on US Hwy 87 driving past the site of Fort Assinniboine near Havre, I see a sign about a black powder shoot. How many times have I planned to stop and check it out and then decided I didn’t have the time? Well, way too many so this Memorial Day I was … Read more