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Mondays Are For Dreaming: Springtime in Montana

June 22nd, 2009 by bsmith | 4 Comments | Filed in Mondays are for Dreaming, Montana Adventures, Uncategorized

Bee and Chives

-My Brother-in-law and his family are heading off on a cross country road trip to Montana, and I must confess that I’m a little jealous.  First, because Ken’s grandmother was born there and spent her childhood in an orphanage in Missoula.  It would be great to see and touch the building where Grandma Jane grew up.  My big fantasy is to write a novel about her life.  It was an absolutely fascinating one.

Second, one of my favorite virtual friends, Jo Smith now lives in Montana and is  posting tantalizing updates about her acres of land on Facebook.  It is funny.  I have only spent time with this person face to face about twice, but sometimes I miss her so much it hurts.  It would be great to give her a hug and explore the beautiful land that she always writes about.

Still, I don’t think my clan is ready for such an ambitious road trip.  We will confine ourselves to locations within a days drive of our home this summer.  I know they will be packed with fun.

Joanne’s family are all wonderful photographers, and I asked her to share some of her photographic bounty.  The picture above sings to me of spring.  Hopefully I will be able to head east to see Montana for myself one of these years.  In the mean time, enjoy Jo’s tantalizing description of springtime in Montana:

From the Cedar Creek Gardens (that’s our place!LOL) Bill captured this bee taking pollen from the shoots on the chives.  I created a beautiful bouquet of flowers from them just a few days later.  Spring in Montana starts a bit later than other states.  We finally got the garden in Mid-May under a “green house” and just this past weekend were able to bring everything to full light without the threat of frost; although we keep an eye on temps and have plastic at the ready all summer.  I really hope all you gardeners out there are enjoying your fresh veggies and the sunshine.

Happy trails to all of you.  Jo, enjoy your Montana Summer.  Wish I could share it my friend!



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Skiing Anyone?

November 29th, 2008 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Montana Adventures, Winter Adventures


Looking for a white Christmas?  Guest blogger Joanne Smith gives you the lowdown on family snow adventures in Montana.

So, I’ll admit I’m not a skier, but I did have good intentions when we moved to Montana to make it a part of my life.  Unfortunately life has thrown some curve balls at me.  I’ll probably try learning to cross country ski and/or snow shoe in the future instead of snowboarding or downhill. 

As a daily reminder of my inability to ski I have a beautiful view of Whitefish Mountain Resort, better known to locals as Big Mountain, from the front window of my home.  We even watch the snow cats groom the trails each night.  Along with top notch skiing there are also world class restaurants and lodging in the area. 

For someone looking for good skiing and a few less people, travel 30 miles to the south, overlooking Flathead Lake, is another great place to ski in Lakeside, MT on Blacktail Mountain, .   Tickets are about ½ the cost at Blacktail Mountain in comparison to the Whitefish Mountain Resort, which is one of the biggest reasons that this is the place to find families looking to ski on a budget. 

In addition to these two full service resorts, there are several area golf courses that offer cross country skiing, as well as a couple of wonderful secluded places to cross country ski off the beaten path.  One such location is the Izaak Walton Inn,  in Essex MT.  Located about ½ way between the West and East Entrances to Glacier National Park on HWY 2 is this beautiful getaway.  We have friends who drive up at least once a month for a weekend of cross country skiing and they are constantly raving about the well groomed trails as well as the lodging.  For more information about skiing anywhere in Big Sky Country visit Montana’s official web site for skiing,  . 

Not into skiing?  Try snowmobiling on a guided tour.  Learn how to snow shoe at Glacier National Park, ice fish on one of our many lakes, or just come explore the winter beauty of the northern Rockies.

Thank You Bridget for giving me the opportunity to share with your readers this beautiful valley that I call home.  To get here by air, Glacier International Airport is located in the middle of the action in the Flathead  Valley.  Amtrak stops in Whitefish, MT as well as West Glacier, MT via the Empire Builder line.  If driving, plan on a long but scenic trip, where you can find this valley  by locating HWY 93 and US 2 on any map.

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