A Castle – Are You Kidding?

You don’t always associate a castle with Montana but White Sulphur Springs boasts one standing proudly and overlooking the town. The Castle Museum was a treat to see – beginning with a recently constructed carriage house and gift shop. Docents lead you through the Castle and give the history of this stone sentry. You can also soak in the hot springs in town. The Spa Hot Springs Motel surrounds one large pool and two smaller … Read more

Chinook’s Bear Paw Battlefield

From Havre, we traveled east on US Highway 2 about 20 minutes to Chinook, MT. To get a good overview of the area’s history we visited the Blaine County Museum on Main Street. You’ll find dinosaur info here since this is one of the locations on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail, but there is much more. My favorite here is an amazing video titled Forty Miles From Freedom about the battle that occurred 16 miles south of … Read more

A Variety of Tourist Activities

We stayed overnight at Virgelle, MT in original homestead cabins, complete with kerosene lantern and a copy of the original property deed. What unique lodging! The Virgelle Merc was busy this morning with several groups getting ready to launch canoes at Coal Banks Landing just one mile downstream. We didn’t get a chance to canoe, but we did ride the free river ferry and my travel buddies loved it! The Upper Missouri has three river … Read more

Charlie Russell – America’s Cowboy Artist

Today we visited the C. M. Russell Museum complex located in what I call the heart of Great Falls. The museum”, Charlie and Nancy Russell’s home, and Charlie’s log studio are all on this one-block complex in their original location. A few years ago the Russell Museum rehung all of Charlie’s art in chronological order. At the time I didn’t think it was a big deal but it really shows his growth as an artist. … Read more

Annual Lewis & Clark Festival Held in Great Falls, Montana

For the past 19 years, Great Falls, MT has been the site of an annual Lewis & Clark Festival. This year the festival included a living history encampment at Giant Springs Heritage State Park, two outdoor concerts at the amphitheater near the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and ongoing Native American tribal traditions being demonstrated. After a quick tour of the Center, we took some photos, both inside and outside. The diorama portraying the Lewis … Read more

A Family Reunion Haywagon Adventure

Summer is here, family is coming for a visit and what can you do? Here’s a great idea! I recently joined with friends when they planned a haywagon ride as part of their family reunion in north central Montana. Their gathering was headquartered in Chinook, MT located on US Hwy 2…we call it Montana’s Hi-Line. After touring the Blaine County Museum in Chinook we traveled about 15 miles south on Clear Creek Road. Kudos to … Read more

Hitch Those Wagons for A Montana Adventure

A few weeks ago I joined Halfmoon Enterprises southeast of Lewistown, MT on one of their wagon train adventures and what an adventure it was! Since I don’t have a wagon (my Subaru doesn’t count) I decided to ride along in one of the wagons. My other option was renting one of their horses and going along as an outrider. The wagon seat won out! Three of us drove east of Harlowton, MT to the … Read more