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A Girl Needs To Fish

Truth #1: I’ve had a hankering to fish all summer. (As in a I-couldn’t-get-it-out-of-my-head-and-thought-about-it-all-of-the-time type of hankering).

Truth #2: I did not go fishing all summer.

Considering these two truths and where I live, you wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to go fishing. But before I knew it, summer had come and gone and fall was here smacking me across the face and reminding me that I didn’t do the ONE thing I had been jonesing for the last few months.

And for this girl, that just didn’t seem right. So I did what any logically thinking, smart-minded, innovative messy-haired person would do. I rounded up some buddies and went fishing. And it, my friends, was grand.

Where did we cast our lines?

First, we traveled south to the Bitterroot River where we met our guides with Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures and spent the next several hours floating and fishing.

Favorite shot of the day.

Throughout the duration of our float, my cast went from not strong or pretty to slightly improved. After a day of instruction and fine-tuning, I’m happy to report that I landed one fish–a little, yet feisty fella.

Ya buddy. (Photo courtesy of my friend and fishing companion, Mike Brodwater).

The next stop on our journey had us traveling north, with a stop in Missoula to meet up with the nice guides from Grizzly Hackle. While the gentlemen in the group talked fishing, I did once of the things I do best–perused the shop.

Fish + Montana = LOVE.

Waders. Don't mind if I do.

After a pit stop in Missoula, our fish-loving crew north to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and met up with Glacier Anglers. It was here, I’m very happy to report, that I caught six fish. And while that was the low number for the day (my companions all out-fished me), I take solace in the fact that my guide/friend said I had the prettiest fish of the day.

Want to make a grown man smile? Take him fishing.

Beauty queen.

Here’s to many more days filled with fishing rods, locally tied flies and the great waters of Montana.


PS: Who wants to go fishing? Call me.

Montana May: Events & Travel Deals

It’s officially May in Montana and that means: summer is on the way!

While typically a quiet time of year, it’s also a pretty prime month to visit. Sure, you can expect showers and cooler days but there are also fewer crowds, a quiet peacefulness and the distinct clean smell that means spring has arrived.

May. Even the Grizzly Bears love it! Photo by Tony Bynum - www.tonybynum.com

And please, don’t let May’s temperamental nature fool you. While she is a bit rough around the edges, you’ll find that under her layers, cloud cover and sporadic snowstorms, she’s hiding sunshine, the most brilliant blue sky you could ever lay your eyes on, Glacier National Park (open year-round) and some absolutely stellar events and vacation deals.

May Events
International Wildlife Film Festival
-Held annually in Missoula, the film festival (May 7 – May 14) brings award-winning wildlife films to downtown with showings at the Wilma Theatre and special events at the Roxy Theater.

Glacier Outdoor Center: Spring Boat Swap & Tent Sale
-Looking for a new raft, kayak or inflatable? On May 14 – 15, head to West Glacier’s Glacier Outdoor Center for fresh May deals on boats, rafting accessories, flies, clothing and cabin home furnishings.

St. Regis Annual Flea Market
-Each Memorial Day weekend (May 28 – 30), St. Regis hosts Montana’s largest flea market, with more than 200 vendors selling treasures. Warm up your casting arm for summer by bringing your fishing pole and trying your luck on the waters of the Clark Fork River.

Fresh Vacation Deals
Play Dirty in May
-Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish has a special package that’s valid through the end of this month. Their “Play Dirty” package includes two night’s accommodations, dinner for two (with a Mud Pie Dessert!), two muddy martinis and more. Check out the full package details here.

Spring’s On Sale
-Marina Cay, located in the adorable town of Bigfork on Flathead Lake, is offering a 25% discount when you make your reservation online. The offer’s valid from May 6 – June 9. Book online here. Enter promotional code: SPRING.

And just for fun, check out local Missoula musician John Floridis and his song “Late May Moon.”

Happy May!

Save Money on your Flight with Glacier Raft Company

Want to know what I like? Discounted flights. Want to know what else I like? Telling you about discounted flights to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) near Kalispell.

Here’s the lowdown…

Our friends at Glacier Raft Company have partnered with Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air to provide an even easier way for visitors to come to the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park during May and June.

As part of the promotion, the airlines have given Glacier Raft Company a link and promotional code that provides a 20% discount on flights to FCA between May 1 and June 30. (Are you loving this?! We totally are).

To take advantage of the promo, click on www.glacierraftco.com , follow the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air link on their home page and input the promo code provided.

Sidenote: Travel must be booked by May 1, 2011.

And if receiving 20% off an airline ticket isn’t awesome enough by itself, Glacier Raft Company is also offering “Two for One” raft trips as part of this promotion. When you book your trip with Glacier Raft Company, be sure to mention you’re traveling with Alaska/Horizon and bring your boarding pass when you check in for your rafting trip. For more details, click here.

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PS: May and June (we heart June) are great times to visit Northwest Montana. Plus, they provide a quiet time to explore the park…you’ll even have much of it to yourself!

Ah, Glacier

Hope to see you here soon.

Heaven on Earth

This summer, we stumbled upon a request in the Missoulian newspaper.

The request was simple. There was a young man in Missoula whose last wish was to visit Glacier National Park. Of all the places in the world that he wanted to see before his time here on earth was over, it was Glacier.

With the help of a few, his wish came true. He traveled to Glacier National Park in July with his family, where he stayed at Lake McDonald Lodge, took a boat tour on Lake McDonald, donned Glacier National Park gear and toured the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Now it’s a few months later and this young man has left the earth.

When I read his obituary yesterday, I couldn’t help but cry. My heart went out to his family, the people who loved him and the people he loved.

His trip to the park this summer touched my heart. To the angels that helped his wish come true, thank you.

Heaven on Earth.


Memorial Day Happenings

In this Montana girl’s mind, summer kicks off officially in Montana each Memorial Day. Sure, sometimes it may bring beautiful sunshine and comfortable 80 degree days, while others times it rolls in with wind, rain and a touch of snow. But any way you slice it, it’s summer in Montana.

If you’re looking for things to do in Western Montana on this, the inaugural weekend of summer, you choices abound. Here are a few ideas to get your weekend rolling.

1) St. Regis Flea Market: This is Western Montana’s LARGEST flea market, with more than 150 vendors attending and booths open from “daylight to dark.”

2) Bigfork Whitewater Festival: The annual event happens over Memorial Day in the “village by the bay,” Bigfork. The festival hosts between 65 and 80 paddlers competing in events like the slalom race, a down river race and boater’s cross. PS: One of the great things about this festival is that spectators can see the action from the Swan River Nature Trail.

3) 100 Favorite Things in Glacier National Park Presentation: This Saturday, world-known wildlife photographer Sumio Harada will present his thoughts on Glacier National Park in the Montana House at Apgar Village inside Glacier National Park. Sessions are free and open to the public at 11 AM and 2 PM.

4) Hit the Whitewater! This time of year makes the rivers of Western Montana very fun for paddling and rafting. Our two cents: Book a trip and go with a guide. (Not only will you be in good, trained hands, our guides know the river and will make sure you have a stellar time). Try 10,000 Waves in Missoula, Flathead Raft in Polson or Glacier Raft, Montana Raft and Wild River in West Glacier.

As for me, I’ll be wishing for rainfall during the night and some sweet summer sunshine during the day.


Forget Nap Time

Last week, we spend a few days playing in and around Whitefish and Glacier National Park. Why, you may ask? Because it’s summer in Western Montana and that means we need to get out and play, play, play!

And with the long Fourth of July weekend coming up, it seems appropriate to let you in on some of the fun places to visit if you’re going to be around Whitefish and Glacier National Park…

Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort

*Adrenaline thrills in Whitefish: Try out the new zip line and alpine slide at Whitefish Mountain Resort! We could hear the screams of excitement from our platform at Walk in the Treetops.
Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier

Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier

*Wet and wild: The folks at Glacier Raft Company know how to have a good time on and off the river! With knowledgable guides, they make any rafter feel at ease on the river. Dustin guided our boat and was awesome!

*Park it: In Glacier National Park, there are so many things to do that it’s hard to decide where to start! You can take a guided hike with Glacier Guides, take a boat cruise with Glacier Park Boat Company, tour the historic lodges in the park on a red jammer or catch one of the park’s interpretive programs with a ranger.
Loading the boat at Swiftcurrent Lake

Loading the boat at Swiftcurrent Lake