North Dakota – Bismarck: A Treasure Trove on the Prairie

Bismarck, North Dakota, is another one of those places that we have driven through before, but it was on a drive to somewhere else, and we only took few minutes for a glimpse of the impressive capitol building then we drove on.  The 19-story Art Deco-style building stands on a rise at the head ofContinue reading “North Dakota – Bismarck: A Treasure Trove on the Prairie”

Montana – Havre Beneath the Streets

Some days there are a lot of miles between stops, so when a town presents itself we take a little time to cruise its main streets and business district to see what we might discover.  Chinook, Montana, has a population of about 1,200 and is the county seat.  It also won our award for havingContinue reading “Montana – Havre Beneath the Streets”

Montana – Fort Benton: “Birthplace of Montana”

Leaving Glacier, we angled down Route 89 back to Great Falls, making a complete oval in our route because we wanted to visit Fort Benton.  After that, we planned to continue on to Harve then drive across the top of Montana on Route 2, which would have us driving due east just miles from theContinue reading “Montana – Fort Benton: “Birthplace of Montana””

Montana – Glacier’s Road to the Sun

Browsing through the travel brochures we picked up in Great Falls, Montana, I am reminded of our previous visit two years ago when we spent time in the CM Russell Museum and fell even more in love with that incredibly gifted artist.  The museum did an outstanding job of bringing Charlie Russell’s humanity, humility andContinue reading “Montana – Glacier’s Road to the Sun”

Wyoming – Yellowstone Ready for Winter & Jackson

We woke in Cody, Wyoming, and drove toward the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park.  The roadsides were rich with deer and elk.  At one point before even arriving at the park, we stopped the car when almost twenty elk crossed the road in front of us.  The bull elk stayed in back until everyoneContinue reading “Wyoming – Yellowstone Ready for Winter & Jackson”

Wyoming – Cody’s Old Trail Town

We arrived in Cody, Wyoming, late in the afternoon and were still on our race against the snow to get to Glacier before the first September flakes fell.  Since we had both been in Cody before we decided to save a return visit to the Buffalo Bill Center with its myriad of museums for anotherContinue reading “Wyoming – Cody’s Old Trail Town”

Nebraska – Omaha’s Raging Buffalo

Don and I had both been through Omaha before…but we never stopped.  For several years we have been tracking Western Art Museums that were listed in a brochure we picked up back in 2011 at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.  The Booth Museum was such a surprise…a Western art collection in theContinue reading “Nebraska – Omaha’s Raging Buffalo”

Montana and Wyoming – Big Horn / Bighorn / Little Bighorn

With an 80-mile-an-hour speed limit you would think that it wouldn’t take long to travel the 178 miles from Cheyenne to Casper, Wyoming, (the first leg of our drive to the Little Bighorn Battlefield) but as usual we found things to see along the way.  We still had the magnificent landscape with the vast plainsContinue reading “Montana and Wyoming – Big Horn / Bighorn / Little Bighorn”

Wyoming – Cheyenne is more than a rodeo.

If you are getting ready for a trip to Wyoming, you may want to consider reading C.J. Box’s series featuring Joe Pickett, a Wyoming Game Warden who is passionate in his love of both nature and his family.  He is a good, clean-cut guy who manages to get himself involved in all sorts of complicatedContinue reading “Wyoming – Cheyenne is more than a rodeo.”

Nebraska – Lincoln Capitol Art and Architecture

Well satisfied and very impressed with Omaha’s cultural heritage, we drove west to Lincoln, Nebraska, to visit the State Capitol and the State Museum.  At the Nebraska State Museum we enjoyed the large-scale reprints of historic photos of life in the early territory.  The photos brought Willa Cather’s writing to mind, especially My Antonia withContinue reading “Nebraska – Lincoln Capitol Art and Architecture”