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Sweetgrass Speaks For Her

Purple lightning rips the heavens from top to bottom, tearing the sky in two. Before I finish counting “one”, a wave of thunder punches down, shaking the land with a terrific rumble. The windshield wipers beat furiously on the glass, but not fast enough. The rain falls like a million white bullets, washing away my…

Real Life Cowboys & American Indians

Like any American child, I used to play “Cowboys & Indians” with notable frequency, especially in the summer months, where backyards became my imagined western wilderness and my brothers and I could act out centuries of cultural incompatibility between the opposing sides. Even today, childhood play (and childish television) fuel some of the same misconceptions…

Floating Down The Missouri

The river was a mirror of glass—like a silvery puddle of mercury, spilling me forever forward into the wilderness. Odd-shaped cliffs of sparkling white stone framed either side of the channel, with bulging towers and blobs that looked like some child’s dribbled sandcastle. We were utterly alone in the world—just me and Bob, a retired…

A Montana Love Story

It was the longest train journey she had ever been on—36 hours from Minneapolis all the way to Montana. With a year of college under her belt, Minnesota gal Anita Mescher boarded The Great Northern Railroad in the morning and by lunch the next day, she had arrived in the high plains town of Browning.…

Going To The Sun

I stood ankle-deep in the mountain lake, icy inch-high ripples raced over my naked, chicken skin legs. On the pebbled shore, a fat man in a swimsuit leaned on a pair of crutches, pulling his jumpy German Shepherd on a leash and critiquing my painfully slow descent into the water. “Just jump in, dude!” he…

How To Find Dinosaur Bones

Though I travel far and wide, it is rare that I get to travel so far back in time (to the Cretaceous period) and walk among the gigantic wildlife (dinosaurs) who once romped along the tropical shores of central Montana. Admittedly, I was once a young boy with a bedroom full of plastic dinosaurs and…

Friday Night Fiddles

I ran a red light and didn’t get caught. I was walking down Main Street at a good pace—almost 3 miles an hour—when I saw the red light at the intersection. But I just kept going, right through that intersection and on towards the courthouse, then back again. Yep, I ran that red light two…

The Core Of Discovery

Meriwether Lewis would never have won the spelling bee. Reading from the American explorer’s journal on the plane made me feel a little better about some of the typo-rich copy I am guilty of punching out (on occasion). In recounting the tale of what is perhaps one of the greatest overland expeditions ever undertaken by…

Home is Where Montana Is

Bruce is a real cowboy. He has a ranch with horses and a big American flag flying out front, and he has a guitar and he knows how to play it. I met Bruce Anfinson on a sleigh ride up at Lone Mountain Ranch near Big Sky, Montana. A full moon shone through the forest…

Top 10 Must-Have Montana Meals

Don’t tell me what a place is like—just show me the food. Good food reveals a lot about any destination and nowhere is that more true than good ol’ Montana. Driving from the top of the state down to its southernmost corner, I discovered Montana’s wintertime cuisine has as much heart as the sky is…