• Madalyn Schovaers, 4, inspects the interior of a teepee erected at the park. Photo by Michael Gallacher

    Learning to camp like Lewis and Clark

    Montana played a huge role in the epic trip Lewis and Clark took across the country, in a quest to explore the unknown frontier and perhaps find an all water route to the Pacific.

    Travelers’ Rest was one point where they stopped and made their mark. The camp is preserved today and open for guided tours. But it’s not usually open for camping.

    • See a slideshow of the campout here

    That changed for on night last week. Here’s the story by the Missoulian’s Dillon Kato:

    LOLO – “We’re mainly here to try to cure the nature deficit disorder,” Angela Miller said.

    While they go on plenty of day trips, Miller said she and her two sons, Aaron and Alex, have only been camping once since their dad passed away, a short trip with another family outside of Sula.

    The Millers were one of more than a dozen families at Travelers’ Rest State Park over the weekend for the annual Corps of Discovery Campout.

    Kathryn Miller, 5, looks on as her older brother Robbie, 7, pounds a tent stake to secure the family home for the night. Photo by Michael Gallacher

    Kathryn Miller, 5, looks on as her older brother Robbie, 7, pounds a tent stake to secure the family home for the night. Photo by Michael Gallacher

    “This is a good way to get out in a controlled, safe environment with some additional support,” Miller said, sitting with her sons on camping chairs in front of their tent. “This is camping training wheels for me.”

    Travelers’ Rest is not usually a campground, and the annual campout weekend is one of the only times of the year that campers are allowed to stay overnight, said Molly Stockdale. Stockdale is the executive director of the Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, the nonprofit partner of the park. The Corps of Discovery Campout is designed as a overnight stay in the park to teach new and novice campers some of the finer points of how to have a successful camping weekend.

    Read the rest of the story here.

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    Come with us from Park-to-Park: Glacier to Yellowstone

    All week we’ve been taking you to place we think are some of the best stops on any journey from Yellowstone to Glacier.

    We’ve been to fishing towns and museums, and to places where the scenery will stop you in your tracks.

    • Stop 1: Where buffalo roam (downtown
    • Stop 2: More than a fly fishing Mecca
    • Stop 3: A beautiful place of refuge
    • Stop 4: A brief detour to Going-to-the-Sun
    • Stop 5: Charlie Russell’s home town
    • Stop 6: A huckleberry haven

    In our May/June feature, you can view the entire trip, both our eastern and western routes. There’s more must-stop suggestions too. 

    Enjoy!

    Jenna

  • Hungry Horse. Photo from @MontanaMagazine on Instgram

    Park-to-Park stop No. 6: A huckleberry haven

    This – stop No. 6 in our week-long virtual journey from Park-to-Park – is one of my personal favorites.

    Because who isn’t a sucker for a good milkshake? Especially a huckleberry milkshake?

    And the huckleberry  milkshakes at The Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse are divine. The small town just outside the West entrance to Glacier National Park is on our western road route from Park-to-Park.

    Sometimes known as “Huck Town, USA,” Hungry Horse is just outside Glacier’s boundaries and is a must-stop for anyone who loves huckleberries. The Huckleberry Patch on Route 2 in the middle of town offers just about everything huckleberry – including one of the best huckleberry shakes in the area, complete with whole hucks at the bottom of each glass.

    Make sure you check it out next time you’re visiting Glacier.

    And don’t miss the other stops on our tour: 

    • Stop 1: Where buffalo roam (downtown
    • Stop 2: More than a fly fishing Mecca
    • Stop 3: A beautiful place of refuge
    • Stop 4: A brief detour to Going-to-the-Sun
    • Stop 5: Charlie Russell’s home town

    Enjoy!

    Jenna

  • Snowplows work to clear Going-to-the-Sun Road near Big Bend in Glacier National Park recently. Courtesy of Glacier National Park

    Park-to-Park stop No. 4: A detour up Going-to-the-Sun

    We’re interrupting our regularly scheduled program – AKA Stop No. 4 on our virtual Park-to-Park journey- for a special notice: Going-to-the-Sun Road has opened to vehicle traffic on the west side.

    It’s a summer right of passage each year in Montana when the highway through Glacier opens. And this year it’s a touch earlier than most. Actually, it fits into our trip pretty nicely.

    • Read our Park-to-Park story inside the May/June issue here

    The announcement Wednesday means  it’s the earliest opening in a decade, according to Missoulian reporter Vince Devlin.

    It’s still a winter wonderland at Logan Pass, where (Park spokesperson Denise) Germann said visitors will encounter a snow-covered landscape, not to mention temperatures that are running 25 to 30 degrees cooler than ones found in Flathead Valley floors this week.

    Any wind will make it feel even chillier.

    Crews use a rotary plow to clear the final 5 or so feet of snow to the road bed in early May. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    Crews use a rotary plow to clear the final 5 or so feet of snow to the road bed in early May. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    While the entire 50 miles of Going-to-the-Sun is slated to open on June 19, drivers should still expect delays of up to 30 minutes on the east side of the park this summer as the road work continues. Sun Point, which is being used as a staging area for the road rehabilitation, will remain closed to all visitor uses this summer.

    Just four years ago, Going-to-the-Sun had its latest opening since 1933, the year it was dedicated on July 15. In 2011, deep snows and bad weather delayed it until July 13.

    So what are you waiting for? Get up to Glacier!

    We’ll have more great Glacier stories in our upcoming July/August issue. Subscribe today and don’t miss a Montana moment.

    Jenna

  • The Mission Mountains. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    Park-to-Park stop No. 3: Ninepipe is a beautiful place of refuge

    It’s day No. 3 of our virtual Park-to-Park journey, and today we’re headed to the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.

    The refuge on the Flathead Indian Reservation unfolds to the west of Highway 93 on our western route from Glacier to Yellowstone. It’s just one of the stops we suggest in our feature about the journey from Park-to-Park.

    Courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

    Courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

    If at all possible, plan to stop at the Ninepipe just as the sun is setting. Not only is it home to a spectacular spread of wetlands, to the east is an unbeatable view of the Mission Mountains.

    The birds and other animals there are also a great reason to stop. Did we mention there’s fishing?

    It’s also just north of the National Bison Range complex.

    Safe to say, there’s more than a day’s worth of things to see at Ninepipe.

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    Jenna

  • An art sculpture in Ennis. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    Park-to-Park stop No. 2: Ennis is more than a fly fishing mecca

    We’re continuing our virtual trip from Park-to-Park today (which for our own purposes we’re calling Travel Tuesday) with a stop in Ennis.

    It’s on our West Route from Glacier to Yellowstone.

    • Read our entire Park-to-Park story here

    Ennis is a place known for its fly fishing wonders. We’d be remiss to not point out that the town – according to the chamber of commerce website – is home to the largest hand-tied fly ever made (huge kudos to anyone who can send us a photo of that).  There’s also a ton of outdoor art around the town.

    Courtesy of Backroad to Yellowstone

    Courtesy of Backroad to Yellowstone

    It’s also a place on the “Backroad to Yellowstone” – which is a road through the Madison Valley. Beautiful might be an understatement for that area.

    Not a bad stop over point if you’re going from Glacier to Yellowstone.

    Enjoy!

    Jenna

  • Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner. Photo by Barbara Shesky

    Park-to-Park Stop No. 1: Gardiner is Montana’s ultimate gateway town

    You may have already read our Park-to-Park feature in the latest May/June issue (if not, what are you waiting for?). We’ve got both East and West routes we think would be perfect paths for a trip from Glacier to Yellowstone and back again.

    And, as we pointed out in the piece, there’s a lot of real estate in between the two parks. We’ll be highlighting a handful of those place this week here at MT Journal.

    First on our list is Gardiner, which is home to one of the most iconic Yellowstone sites in the Roosevelt Arch.

    It’s a little town with a little bit of everything, including bison that roam the streets.

    Here’s what the chamber has to say about the town:

    Courtesy of Gardiner Chamber of Commerce

    Courtesy of Gardiner Chamber of Commerce

    This area is home to the most diverse herds of large wildlife species in the lower 48 states including bison, bighorn sheep, elk, pronghorn, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and deer.

    While we do not have any big box stores here, we are a full service town: we have a grocery store, gift shops, outdoor equipment sales and rentals, a full service auto and RV repair shop, pharmacy, bookstore and members who can assist you with such things as auto-glass repair and welding.

    In 2016, Gardiner will help celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary after a series of downtown improvements and improvements to the Roosevelt Arch area.

    We’ll keep you updated on the festivities.

    Check back tomorrow for the next Park-to-Park stop.

    Jenna

  • Watching summer storms in Big Sky Country

    We often get great Big Sky Country images sent to us from reader Jullie Powell.

    And the eastern Montana resident is pretty handy with a camera, so the photos are gorgeous.

    Turns out Jullie is a bit of a weather watcher as well. She has an impressive set of summer storm photos that the Billings Gazette put into a great slideshow (which also includes photos from other Montana residents).

    Here’s a coupe of the awesome summer storm shots. 

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Justin Voeller

    Photo by Justin Voeller

    Thanks Jullie and all who shared!

    Do you have summer storm photos to share? Email them to editor@montanamagazine.com.

    – Jenna

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