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Reliving Gold Rush History at Bannack Ghost Town

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

Autumn leaves crunch into bits of brown and gold under our feet as Alan and I walk the wooden sidewalks at Bannack Ghost Town near Dillon. It’s only mid-September but we’ve definitely missed the prime week for fall color in this isolated corner of Southwest Montana. Joining a smattering of weekday visitors, we explore the buildings, […]

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Exploring Coolidge Ghost Town in Southwest Montana

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

On a cold, September day, the one-mile walk to Coolidge Ghost Town is sort of spooky. Trees crowd each side of the level trail that parallels a creek. The trees give the trail a closed-in feeling, blocking out the weak sunlight so that shade accompanies most of our walk. Leftover equipment from Montana’s silver mining history is scattered here […]

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Going Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road

August 14, 2014
Meadow on Elk Meadows Road

“Come explore me.” Does a dirt road ever call your name? Elk Meadows Road (Lolo National Forest Road #373) has been calling ours ever since Alan and I discovered it on an early spring drive to Lolo Pass. The road starts (or ends) at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Idaho side of Highway 12. Then it […]

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Tips for Visiting Polebridge, Montana

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

Would you like to visit a corner of Glacier National Park that’s not 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 […]

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A Most Beautiful Hike to Grinnell Lake

June 25, 2014
Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park

Most hikers visiting the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park come to experience the Grinnell Glacier Trail or trek to Iceberg Lake. But the trail to Grinnell Lake offers a beautiful experience, too, if you’re looking for a less strenuous Glacier National Park hike. You’ll still catch a glimpse of a glacier, although it’s Salamander rather than […]

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Luxurious Winter Fun at The Resort at Paws Up

January 23, 2014
Horses pull the sleigh at The Resort at Paws Up

A river laced with ice and snow winds through rolling hills studded with a thick forest of evergreens. Mountain ranges provide the snowy backdrop. On a frosty hike along the banks of the Blackfoot River, Alan and I stop to inspect bobcat tracks before looking up to see a bald eagle sitting majestically in the […]

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Saturday’s scene: Painted Rocks by iPhone

August 10, 2013
Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

On a drive up the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in our Montana backyard, Alan and I arrived for a first visit to Painted Rocks Reservoir State Park at just the right time. It was about 10:00 a.m., not a cloud in the sky and the reflections in the water took our breath away. […]

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Saturday’s scene: cooling off on the Kootenai Creek Trail

July 20, 2013
Hiking on the Kottenai Creek Trail in Montana

One of my requirements for a summer hike is that a creek, river or lake be part of the experience. Kootenai Creek Trail provides that in spades as the white water of Kootenai Creek tumbles over rocks and boulders beside this Bitterroot National Forest trail for a good part of the journey. At approximate the […]

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Saturday’s scene: off-the-beaten-path at Twin Lakes

July 5, 2013
Discover off-the-beaten-path Twin Lakes

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path fun in Montana, Twin Lakes in the Bitterroot National Forest certainly qualifies. And getting there is definitely part of the fun if you like dodging potholes and negotiating washboard on dirt roads that are best driven in a high clearance vehicle. Driving south of Hamilton on Highway 93, Alan and I […]

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Hiking Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park

July 2, 2013
Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park

Are you looking for a moderately easy hike in Glacier National Park? Not all boomer travelers are ready for a vigorous backcountry experience in Montana’s wilderness. If “moderately easy” is more your style, Avalanche Lake Trail is for you. As soon as your vehicle passes through the west entrance of the park, head straight for […]

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