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Touring Montana’s Highway 200

Last week, I took a little overnight trip along Highway 200 in Western Montana. And as I traveled farther north and west away from my home in the “city,” I cruised through the area’s small communities, past fields filled with horses and cattle and some strikingly beautiful scenery.

And I started feeling something. As I continued to drive and soak up my surroundings, I realized what it was…I felt at home.

There’s something about this corner of Western Montana (located about equal distances from Kalispell and Missoula) that is innately special. And while I can’t pinpoint one single thing that makes it that way, I can say this…it delivered exactly what I was looking for at that moment in time.

Cruising Highway 200.

The color of the Flathead River at the Kookoosint Fishing Access Site was stunning.

Hello cutest welcome sign ever.

The Old Jail Museum in Thompson Falls.

When traveling through Tour 200, keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep.

Happiness.

I literally cannot wait to go back.
TT

PS: If you’re heading through the Tour 200 area, be sure to stop at Linda’s Montana Gifts & Gallery in Thompson Falls, Sunflower Gallery (it’s an artist co-op with locally crafted Made in Montana furniture, jewelry, photograph and artwork) in Thompson Falls and Auntie Pamela’s Antiques & More in Trout Creek.

Montana Summer: A Photo Recap

I’m not sure how many of you feel this way, but this girl is having a hard time saying goodbye to summer. It’s like I blinked and all of the sudden it’s gone.

This summer was definitely one for the books, with thousands of miles logged, countless scoops of ice cream consumed and beautiful snapshots of images that will be carried with me always. And while I’m looking forward to autumn, colorful fall foliage, beautiful drives and spiced cider, my heart is still mourning the loss of summer.

But instead of saying goodbye, I’m going to bid summer a hearty farewell, so long and a hope to see you soon. And summer, until we meet again, I’m going to remember the good times and adventures we shared under Montana’s big blue sky.

Lake McDonald from Apgar, Glacier National Park

A quiet creek near Stevensville, Bitterroot Valley

Outdoor summer concert - Missoula

Kerr Dam - Flathead Valley

Late summer afternoon - Tobacco Valley

Early morning sunrise - St. Ignatius

A summer tradition - Serrano's in East Glacier

Fly-fishing with friends in the rain - Glacier National Park

Hello beautiful - Glacier National Park

Hiking with baby brother - Holland Falls

Blackfeet Nation

Missoula from Mt. Sentinel

Summer = Strawberry Lemonade

Seeley-Swan Valley

Montana hugs and kisses,
TT

Montana’s Labor Day Weekend: A Photo Recap

I love Labor Day weekend. It’s a time to decompress, play and recharge my batteries before fall gets truly underway. This year’s holiday weekend included a wedding, swimming in hot springs, candy and sapphire mining. But instead of telling you all about, I’m going to let the photos do the talking.

Traveling east to the Rocky Mountain Front.

Traveling west along the Rocky Mountain Front.

We heart Philipsburg.

Here's hoping chocolate really does slow down aging. (The Sweet Palace, Philipsburg)

I'm convinced that The Sweet Palace is full of magic.

Mining sapphires near Philipsburg.

We found some beauties!

Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Loop (one of the prettiest drives in Montana)

Local landmark - the elephant along I-90.

‘Twas a good weekend.
TT

Cruising through Western Montana

This week has been a whirlwind. This girl has gone everywhere from Seeley Lake to Glacier National Park and Whitefish to Trout Creek. And while it has flown by incredibly fast, I’ve been able to see some of the most absolutely beautiful and breathtaking sites in Western Montana.

Holland Falls

Cruising the waters of Flathead Lake.

Chowing down at the Whistlestop Cafe in Paradise.

Thompson Falls Dam

Biking the Hiawatha Trail.

It was a good week.
TT

Biking through Western Montana

I started my trip in Missoula and really enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of the folks there. Being from Southern California, it’s a real pleasure to get away from the traffic jams and hustle and bustle and replace it with the more sane pace of life enjoyed in Montana. Some other places I really liked in the region were Garnet ghost town, Flathead Lake, the Miracle of America Museum (Polson), Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River. The Visitor Center at the National Bison Range and surrounding park is another treasure for wildlife viewing. And don’t miss a drive up to Eureka past Libby Dam and Lake Koocanusa up into Yaak Country. With so many miles of unspoiled countryside, it’s hard to go wrong anywhere in Western Montana.

by Ken Freund