The Strong Survive Seven months ago, I posted a video to Facebook titled “Sometimes Life Sucks”. In the clip was a deer with a broken leg, stumbling through the pitch dark woods in a snowstorm. Life couldn’t get worse, however, we knew that nature would soon end his terrible suffering. Guess who came by on […]
Life’s an Adventure
Fox in Daylight Caught on Trail Cam
It’s rare that we catch a fox in daylight. This one appears to be carrying a small penguin in his mouth.
The explosion of the shot pierced the early morning quiet of the forest as I was about to prepare myself a bowl of baked oatmeal. “Already?” I thought to myself. Looking through the window, I saw David sitting quietly in his chair beside his truck. It was a cold and damp morning, so I grabbed […]
A Snowy Autumn Hike to Mount Aeneas
At last – a forecast of “partly sunny” after several days of rain. Now was the opportunity to grab our packs and head out to the Jewel Basin for our annual fall hike.The Jewel has some of the best displays of fall color and I was looking forward to the drive up the mountain to Camp […]
The Turkey Trot or Wild Turkey Mating Dance is Amazing!
Adventure on the edge of the wilderness can take on many forms and one of them is watching wildlife and learning about the turkey trot. Toms and hens have been having a wild turkey parade on our lawn; the gobblers having harems of 20 or more females! It’s mating season and the males […]
The Spirit of the West: Unchanged
It was once mused that the character of a city is formed by the character of its founders; this rings true especially when we discuss the towns of the Flathead Valley. Late in the 19th century, the city of Kalispell was brought to life by settlers hailing from all across the country. They all shared […]
Visiting the Shay in Columbia Falls
Adventure on the edge of the wilderness can take on many forms… We crossed the railroad tracks and were heading into town when I made the decision to stop at Depot Park. My family and I had passed the park going to and from town since moving to Columbia Falls; the park is small […]
The Lonesome Sound of the Passing Train
Adventure on the edge of the wilderness in Montana can take on many forms… Moving to a new home is like a whirlwind, a flurry of activity, a tumultuous time of excitement, confusion, and disorder. It’s a time of change to be embraced. And if you let it flow, out of the chaos […]
Before They Had Cat Ladies and Old Maids….
…the Flathead Valley had these fellows. This photograph taken from a historical book about the Flathead Valley caught my eye. Two of the men in the photograph advertising “Wives Wanted” are holding cats. Adventurous men traveled to the Montana frontier in the 1800’s and 1900’s looking for work and hoping for success. Many […]
Small Town Country Fair Mama
Fair week is over in NW Montana and a good time was had by all. The fair is an important summer event in this community. People gather from far and wide to share their crafts and craftsmanship. Colorful quilts, scrumptious homemade pies, perfectly canned goods, and many other handcrafted items were on display […]