For the first time in my life I had the pleasure of eating chestnuts roasted on an open fire! Holiday cheer filled the air at the annual Whitefish Christmas Stroll. Stores stayed open late and merchants offered goodies to entice shoppers inside. In the spirit of the season, shoppers pulled out their credit cards and […]
Watch Video – Whitefish Winter Carnival
The rain let up Saturday afternoon and for the first time, we attended the Whitefish Winter Carnival parade. While Blaine Kern may make better floats, we’ve never been to a Mardi Gras parade that served pizza. Instead of being themed after old Greek gods, this parade’s theme was that all American god, war. Whitefish knows […]
Snow Cream – Fun and Easy Recipe
All weekend long and into Monday…storm warnings, avalanche warnings, blowing snow, wicked windchills…it just wouldn’t quit! Today, we took advantage of the winter wonderland and made snow cream. _______________________ My first taste of snow cream was over a winter vacation to North Carolina. Mom had stayed home while Dad drove my younger brother and […]
Cabin Fever Days – Martin City, Montana 2014
This Northwest Montana winter has had its share of bitter cold, snow, ice, and wind – we needed a break! Cabin Fever Days in Martin City provided an afternoon of respite from Old Man Winter with action-packed excitement in the form of bar stool racing. Crowds were thinner compared to 2011, but energy was high. […]
Ice Skating Outdoors on Smith Lake, Montana
It felt like winter and it looked like it too, but according to the calendar, winter was still a couple of weeks away. Early snows had melted, then frigid temperatures smacked the region. The combination of melting snow and freezing temperatures left Smith Lake with smooth clear ice – perfect for ice skating. We took […]
What is Pond Skimming?
What is Pond Skimming? Pond skimming is an annual springtime event at ski resorts that dates back for decades. For the uninitiated – such as myself a few days ago- pond skimming involves skiing down a snowy slope into a pond while attempting to cross to the other side without falling into the icy […]
Milnor Washing Machine Saves the Holiday Season!
The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office got a report Sunday from a woman who said a man had stolen her clothes at a laundry on Montana 35 near Kalispell, and that when her husband confronted the man, he tried to attack him. The man was later arrested on a warrant. ~ taken from the Law Enforcement […]
What is Alpenglow?
Alpenglow is an optical phenomenon. When the sun is just below the horizon a red, pink, or violet band of color can sometimes be seen on the opposite horizon. Because the sun is low, there is no direct path of light to the mountains. The light reflects off of snow, water, or ice particles that are […]
Would You Hike in 5 Degrees? A Winter Hike in Glacier National Park
Before we had our traditional black-eyed peas and cabbage for New Year’s dinner, we took a hike in Glacier. It was about 5 degrees, so we knew to bundle up like the Michelin Man. It was a pretty busy afternoon near Fish Creek and as we headed out onto the trail, a group of gals […]
The Little Red Dress – The Duffy Family’s 1891 Christmas Journey to Kalispell
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Except for the Duffys Mother, Father, and five, So harsh was their journey Nearly frozen they’d arrive.” _______________________________ Christmas Eve 1891 – The Duffy’s Journey It was Christmas Eve of 1891 when the Duffy family […]