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John Steinbeck said, “I am in love with Montana. For other states, I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”


We couldn’t agree more. Montana is home and travel for us. We love nesting in our chosen town at the Original Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. And we love traversing the state–climbing mountains, floating rivers, wandering through small towns and large ones (by Montana standards), and getting to know the people that, combined with an astounding landscape, make this state great.


Montana is bigger than many of the countries we visit, so there is a lot to see here.

B-Bar Ranch public ski day

For the third year running we took part in the public ski day at B-Bar Ranch. The first year it was just Anders and I (and Finn, en utero) since H was in Argentina. Last year we all made it, but apparently didn’t take any pictures. We haven’t had any snow for a really long …

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Hyalite ski

A couple weekends ago we took a family ski up Hyalite Canyon outside of Bozeman. A couple of years ago a bunch of very dedicated Nordic ski enthusiasts got the Forest Service to plow the road up to the Hyalite Reservoir. The road, which used to be known as the “Hyalite Rodeo” is now a …

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All aboard the Polar Express!

This weekend we took a ride on the Polar Express. This hour and a half train ride leaves from Lewistown (about 2.5 hours from here). If you are familiar with the book “The Polar Express” then this Advent Adventure will sound familiar to you. I tried to get tickets last year, but waited too long …

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Hunting trees

Last weekend we got our Christmas tree. After passing tons of elk hunters on the way out we found a gun-free location. When you have two boys and two dogs running around uncontrollably, guns aren’t a good idea. I think the pictures tell the story, so here you go. All good parents grab their camera …

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Last Saturday morning I was looking at Facebook and saw some pictures a friend had put up about her trip to ZooMontana in Billings. I’d been meaning to go. Since it was only 7:30 a.m. and I had already fed the boys (all four), cleaned the kitchen, Facebooked and read many books to Finn and …

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Running of the sheep in Reed Point

Over Labor Day weekend hundreds of sheep run down the main street of Reed Point while thousands of spectators look on. Vendors line the street, an auctioneer tries to raise funds, inflatable slides lure kids (and their grandparents’ money) and various food odors waft through the air. Officially called the “Reed Point Sheep Drive“, it’s …

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Barley to beer

One of the stories I am working for MSU News Service is about following the barley trail from our research at MSU to a farmer’s field to a malt house and finally to a microbrewery in Belgrade (about 10 miles west of Bozeman). Two weeks ago our photographer, Kelly, and I drove up to Great …

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