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Exploring Coolidge Ghost Town in Southwest Montana

October 17, 2014
Donna Hull at Coolidge Ghost Town, Montana

…it wasn’t until 1913 that the Elkhorn Mining District began to thrive. That’s when William R. Allen, Montana’s Lieutenant Governor, quit politics to create the Boston-Montana Development Corporation. All total, Allen purchased 80 mining claims and 1,000 acres in the area, including the Elkhorn Mine. He also spent over 1.5 million dollars on a narrow gauge railroad, known as Montana Southern Railway, to run from Elkhorn Mine acro…

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Hike to Elk Lake: another Montana scenic trail

September 6, 2010
The hike to Elk Lake, Alpine, Montana

Updated 06.01.2013 The Rosebud Trailhead near Alpine, Montana Are you looking for an active travel adventure in Montana? Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the wildness of the Treasure State. And, with trails available for every level of hiker, there’s no reason to sit on the cabin porch, especially when you can hike to Elk Lake. During our trip to Fishtail, Montana, we found several hikes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness th…

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Top Five Montana Travel Apps

July 7, 2014
St Mary Lake_ Glacier National Park

As Alan and Donna can tell you, active travel in Montana is a boomer’s dream come true. From romantic lodges in the middle of beautiful scenery to mountainous and lake-laden hiking options, Big Sky Country offers a seemingly never-ending array of active travel possibilities. St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park is just one of the many spectacular sites in Montana. Of course, taking full advantage of all that Montana has to offer means efficie…

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Searching for Paradise in Montana

July 29, 2010
Stillwater River near Nye, Montana

Updated: 07.01.2014 The Stillwater River near Nye, Montana. Have you searched for paradise on your boomer travels? Did you find it? Alan and I went looking for paradise a couple of weeks ago on a boomer trip to Montana, because of a photo in a new car brochure. That’s right, a photo. It all started in 2005 with the purchase of a Jeep Rubicon. As Alan poured over the Jeep Wrangler brochure with photos of snazzy 4-wheel drive vehicles displ…

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A new boomer travel experience: fly fishing in Montana

July 26, 2012
Trout caught in Missouri River

Updated 07.01.2013 Alan catches another rainbow trout while fly fishing in Montana Blame it on A River Runs Through It , the movie (and novella by Norman Maclean)  that romanticized fly fishing in Montana. Or at least that’s the way this boomer traveler sees it. Ever since I watched golden-haired Robert Redford casting his line into the Blackfoot River against the backdrop of Montana mountain beauty, I’ve wanted to learn to fly fish…

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Reliving Gold Rush History at Bannack Ghost Town

October 29, 2014
Hotel Meade at Bannack Ghost Town in Montana.

…residents and 2,000 more people living by the creek. In 1864, Bannack was named the First Territorial Capital of Montana. But the honor lasted only one year. By February 1865, many of Bannack’s residents had left to mine at Alder Gulch where the nearby town of Virginia City became Montana’s capital city for the next ten years before Helena grabbed the title for good. Masons met in the top floor of the Masonic Hall while the lower flo…

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Tips for Visiting Polebridge, Montana

July 26, 2014
Picnic at Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park

…quite so crowded with tourists? And wouldn’t it be fun if there was a bakery where locals and tourists compared Montana adventures over bear claws, huckleberry macaroons or gooey cinnamon rolls? You can do that in Polebridge, Montana. Alan and I discovered Polebridge on a western road trip about ten years ago. Standing in front of the false, red storefront at Polebridge Mercantile, we vowed to return to this off-the-beaten-path Montana community…

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Mystic Lake Trail: another Montana hiking adventure

August 25, 2011
Mountain view from the Mystic Lake Trail in Montana

Updated 07.15.2013 Emerald Lake near the trailhead to Mystic Lake On a road trip to Fishtail, Montana, Alan and I discovered that the hiking opportunities in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness are some of the best that we have ever experienced. Boomers visiting this corner of Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park, will find that the trails are accompanied by alpine scenery, white-water filled rivers and rewarding vistas that provide p…

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Listening To Montana

September 13, 2011

Mystic Rose Cabin, Fishtail, Montana In your boomer travels, has a place ever spoken to you? On arrival at a destination, did it feel as if you belonged in that very spot? Did your heart beat faster when a voice from somewhere deep inside you said, “This is my paradise“? That’s what happened to me when Alan drove our car down the driveway to Mystic Rose Cabin near Fishtail, Montana. Alan says my eyes lit up the moment we arriv…

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Montana History Meets Hospitality at The Sanders

September 24, 2012
Sanders Bed and Breakfast

Updated: 07.01.2014 The Sanders Bed and Breakfast On a boomer road trip to Helena, Montana, Alan and I discovered that gold rush history lives on in 19th century mansions located throughout the city. During a stay at The Sanders, one of several bed and breakfasts lining Ewing Street, we slept in the well-preserved mansion of Montana’s first U.S. Senator, Wilbur Fisk Sanders. Walking up the sidewalk to the home that Wilber and Harriett Sanders b…

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