Basking in Science and Nature in Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana has a profile similar to Missoula, since it is also anchored by a major state university and has a vibrant art and culture scene. As you might expect, there are quite a few breweries here! Surprisingly, though, instead of a boozy week of beer, our focus during our visit turned out to be … Read moreBasking in Science and Nature in Bozeman

Lewis & Clark Mania in Helena

We first selected the Lewis & Clark Historic Trail as our general guideline for our 2018 travels with nothing more than a vague recollection of these figures from our American history classes decades ago. A quick glance at the trail map showed a route through plenty of states that were completely new to us, like … Read moreLewis & Clark Mania in Helena

Digging into Mining History in Butte

Butte is a mining town. The city developed entirely because of the industry, and even today the skyline is dominated by mine headframes everywhere. A cursory glance at the Google satellite view of the city will show a town that appears dangerously close to being consumed by the mines to its northeast side. Butteā€™s mining … Read moreDigging into Mining History in Butte

Finishing Our Exploration of the Bitterroots

We finished off our time in far western Montana with a short stopover in the very southern end of the Bitterroot Valley, at another national forest campground located along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. Our main goals were more hiking and more R&R before hitting another stretch of urban visits. Goals achieved!   … Read moreFinishing Our Exploration of the Bitterroots

Examining Wilderness in the Bitterroot National Forest

After our busy week in Missoula, it was time to recover from all the excitement and also to work off some of the beer. We relocated a very short distance southwest into the Bitterroot National Forest, to a lovely campground situated alongside a burbling creek. This was a welcome change from the road noise and … Read moreExamining Wilderness in the Bitterroot National Forest