Rock Hounding for Prisms at Crystal Park, Montana…

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One of our favorite places to camp – like really camp: without restrooms, or hookups of any kind, where you have to make your own fire ring out of rocks, and there are no quiet hours (yet it is quieter than any campground we’ve ever been in) – is along the Wise River in the […]

Our first destination of the winter… a fall camping trip!

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Getting ready to hit the road for our winter route, which this year means staying west!  This is a peek into our first stop, which isn’t very far from our hometown; our travels would not be complete without a fall camping trip! These are pics from our last year’s camping trip to the same area […]

Dove hunting in Montana…

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While we are in Montana for the summer, we like to do as many of our fav things as possible.  But this summer we haven’t done any – from getting back here a month later than usual, Vaughn and Jake spending a month in Alaska, then the firework stand, and then working like madmen to […]

Chief Plenty Coups State Park, MT…

Since we are parked at my parent’s for a month while Vaughn helps them remodel their new house, I’ve been trying to find some educational/fun activities for the kids.  To be honest, the area around Billings really doesn’t have much in the form of family oriented (let alone educational) destinations.  We enjoyed the Western Heritage […]

Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT…

On Thursday the Tribe ventured in to Billings (MT) to check out the Western Heritage Center.   This museum features local history, including the founding and subsequent boom of Billings. Anytime that we are checking out a new place, I wonder just how family/kid friendly the location is going to be.   The WHC was no different […]

Big Hole National Battlefield, SW MT…

I forgot that I had not blogged about our visit to the Big Hole National Battlefield while we were camping in the snow… This was not our first visit to the Big Hole Battlefield; we had last visited BHNB about 5 years ago’ – before we knew about the Jr. Ranger programs, and before this park’s […]

Camping in the snow (in SW MT :) )…

Last Thursday we hit the road for a little road trip that would include camping in the snow! We wanted to make sure we still had what it took to play, for a few days, in the snow (even though we head south every winter!  😉  )… On the way, near the Divide bridge, we saw […]

Montana WILD complex, Helena, MT…

Today, while Vaughn, Jake, and Thomas worked, and while Eli went bear hunting, the rest of us went to the local Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) Education Center; the Montana WILD Center… We hadn’t been to the facitily before; it is much nicer than I expected it to be! Inside, the employee at the counter […]

taking a drive…

Is it possible for things to be kinda quiet, but at the same time be too busy!?!?!  That’s what it feels like around here – I couldn’t tell what all we do, but somehow, it seems to be crazy busy! Vaughn has been busy with work; he feels like he’s playing catch up, so he’s […]

(One of) Our happy place(s)…

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During our all-family-members-inclusive 235 years in Montana (you know, Caleb’s 1, Molly’s 3, Savanna’s 6 (next week)…notice how I started at the younger ones to keep Vaughn and I out of the details 😉  -and I even spared you the months or it would be even longer!LOL!), we have explored quite a bit of this state that […]