The Jersey Lilly Saloon in...
The Jersey Lilly Saloon in Ingomar, Montana is a unique place. The town used to be a water stop for the railroad and was the place that sheep farmers shipped their sheep to market. Now there's not too much going on in the town other than the bar. One unique appetizer is the 'sheepherder's snack' it is a basket of saltines that you top with sharp cheese and sweet onions...actually pretty good. Another unique thing is that the bar doesn't really even have an outhouse, it's more of a U-shaped corral of corrugated metal with a trough...a real Montana experience.
You really have to plan to go to Ingomar, you won't accidently drive by and stop in since it is kind of out of the way. But if you want to:
Ingomar is on Highway 12 NE of Billings. If you are coming from the East on I-94 take exit 93 north. If you are coming from Billings, take highway 87 north to highway 12 east.
There are a number of buffalo...
There are a number of buffalo jumps, or pishkuns, where the Native Americans drove herds of buffalo over a ledge, where the animals fell to their death. It allowed the Native Americans to procure a lot of meat in a short period of time. This buffalo jump is not far from Billings. There is one not far from Great Falls, called Ulm Pishkun which is one of the best known buffalo jumps.
I loved our hike and overnight...
I loved our hike and overnight back country camping at Red Eagle Lake in Glacier National Park. Red Eagle Lake Trail is about 7.5 miles long and is easy hiking. WATCH OUT FOR BEARS! We came very close to a grizzly and shortly after our hike the trail was closed for a while. The picture on my home page was taken at Red Eagle Lake. This trail is in the St. Mary's area of Glacier National Park.
I don't know how to create links but here is the web address to hiking info at Glacier National Park: www.nps.gov/glac/activities/hiking.htm
Please come back for this link. This page is being updated. I am working on learning to do links.
Here is a link to the Glacier National Park. Just click here: Glacier
Another stunning day trip you...
Another stunning day trip you could take out of the Missoula vacinity is to take Hwy 200 east to Hwy 83 north through the Seely/Swan Valley. The Bob Marshall Wilderness will be to the east and the rugged, very remote Mission Wilderness is to the west. Another worthy place of mentioning for accomodations is the Holland Lake Lodge. I know the website doesn't do the area justice with photos but I will let you in on one secret...it is absolutely heavenly. Do me a favor though, don't visit too often as we don't want a croud when we get there:))) Although Seely Lake has some decent lodging, with Holland Lake Lodge just 25 minutes north I wouldn't think twice about staying there...back to the day drive... Hwy 83 comes out at the north end of the Flathead Lake Valley. This is the largest natural lake west of the Missippippi River and it is gorgeous. When you are done drooling at the incredible beauty and the fantasy of moving here, head south to Poulson to Hwy 93 south to Missoula. The picture is of the Flathead Lake about midway looking east to the Mission Wilderness. Oh I almost forgot, there is a great little winery called the Mission Moutain Winery. Believe it or not these guys make a great wine.
I have had to extreme pleasure...
I have had to extreme pleasure to hike a number of different wilderness areas in Western Montana. My absolute favorite is the Mission Mountains Wilderness. The only other place that would rival it is the Beartooth Wilderness 400 miles or so to the south east. The last I heard the southern Mission Wilderness is still unsurveyed which was my original attraction to the rugged and unforgiving country. The only way in, I mean deep into this wilderness, is by foot. Not even a horse can make the trip which explains why no significant surveying has been done. Not many people are willing to walk more then a couple miles in rugged terrain without a trail system, in a wilderness area that is the last chance location for Grizzly Bears who have had too much human contact in either Yellowstone or Glacier. These grizzlies are a different sort of bear now that they have had repeated human contact. This means they have lost their natural fear of man which can be a problem. All of the southern cirques have big, deep, tourquoise lakes. At the bases of these small canyons during most of the summer you will find a bounty of huckleberrys. Remember this is a grizzly favorite too! The Bob Marshall Wilderness is on the east side of the valley opposite the Mission Wilderness. This is a huge wilderness with nearly a million acres if I remember correctly. And although it is huge it is not uncommon to run into people from time to time because it is so 'heavily' traveled by outfitters and professional guides and their parties. One my favorite and least traveled areas allows fishing beautiful brown trout by hand in the shallow streams. The grizzly threat is not as great in this wilderness as the Mission but it can be a problem if you aren't paying attention. My other favorite is the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness. I have hiked most extensively in these mountains. Every draw, little canyon, has a large, clear creek that leads to a beautiful lake tucked in a glacial cirque at the top. Most routes are about 6-8 miles in and climb about 2,000 feet. Like all my pages the fishing details are 'classified' (ha ha). There are many rumors of grizzlies being spotted in this wilderness but the State insists there are none. I don't believe the State. Besides the State plans to 'reintroduce' this impressive beast in the Bitteroots by 2002. There are a number a good books that talk about all these wilderness areas and how to access them. If you want more details just let me know. The picture is of one of the most popular places in the Bob Marshall called the Chinese Wall.
The whole state is off the...
The whole state is off the beaten path. If the opportunity arrises take a drive from Missoula to Great Falls and then head north along the eastern divde of the Rockies to Browning. Then head west to Glacier National Park or stay north and see the Glacier/Waterton side of the park. The country side is astounding and rugged. On the other side of the park, west by Kalispell and Columbia Falls, you will find the more popular entrance. Make sure you plan an entire day for driving around the park. You can drive the Going to the Sun road to an exquisite pass where there is a ranger station, view point and a board walk trail. The board walk trail will take you up to another pass (1/2 mile) where you can look down into a crystal blue lake surrounded by high, rugged, grainte peaks with snow tucked away in most of the shadows. You will more than likely see mountain goats at very close range. Grizzlies can often be seen if you have binoculars. This is a heavenly place but the treat of Grizzly Bear problems is very real and serious. So pay attention especially if you hike further into the park and are with children.
If you like to hike and backpack you'll think you were in heaven. Anywhere is good. Anywhere, the fishing is great as well, although you probably don't want to go walking around with the fish you catch in your pack while you hike back to your car/camp...bears will smell you miles away. Other than Glacier, word has it that grizzlies have been spotted in the Bitteroot/Selway wilderness and I know they are in the Mission Wilderness. That being the case they are also likely in the Bob Marshall because its just on the other side of the highway from the Mission Wilderness. More on these two wildernesses below. The picture is of St. Mary's Lake in the Glacier/Waterton side of the park.
This was the view of lake...
This was the view of lake McDonald from our cabin. We watched after dark as the fishermen continued to try to catch their limit. They used lanterns which gave away their location to us.
FORTUNATELY, I SLEPT WELL. ...
FORTUNATELY, I SLEPT WELL. BUT THERE WAS NO QUESTION THAT CIRCUMSTANCES HAD CONSPIRED TO PREVENT ME FROM SUMMITING, AND, AT 7:30 AM, I STARTED HIKING BACK DOWN.
THE HIKE INITIALLY TRAVELS...
THE HIKE INITIALLY TRAVELS CLOSE TO A RIVER COMING DOWN FROM MYSTIC LAKE, WHICH IS 2.6 MILES IN...
Most People take the...
Most People take the interstate, but if you take Highway 2 across the northern part of the state, there is some great scenery as well. This old church is the near Chinook, Montana.
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