Fall 2021 Finale: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Trip Wrap Up

Mother Nature had given us a stern warning—the beautiful days of early fall were being replaced with the first snow storms of the year. After receiving a foot of snow in the Black Hills, we had a reprieve as daytime temperatures quickly rebound into the 60s. But next time we likely wouldn’t be so lucky. …

Our 2021 Fall Adventures Begin – Quick Trip Across Idaho & Montana

After having to delay our departure date by a week, we are finally back on the road! I’m always a combination of excitement and nerves as we pull out of the driveway on extended travels. This is our most ambitious trip yet as we embark on a multi-month adventure that will cover roughly 5,000 miles …

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site & Historic Deer Lodge, Montana

During our recent trip to SW Montana’s Pioneer Mountains, the 2020 wildfire season was creating some of the worst air quality ever recorded in the Western U.S.. While conditions were better in Western Montana than they were back home in Washington, they were not healthy for hiking. We cancelled several hikes we had planned and …

Montana’s Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway Part 2: Historical Sites

In part one of this series, we introduced you to Montana’s Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (click here for guide). The byway, which runs the length of the Pioneer Mountain Range where granite peaks top 10,000 feet in elevation, is flush with recreational opportunities such as camping, fishing, and hiking. …

Montana’s Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway Part 1: Camping & Hiking

By early September 2020, massive wildfires were raging across multiple Western states closing entire forests and creating the worst air quality ever recorded on the U.S. West Coast. California and Oregon were particularly hard hit by the devastating infernos, but the poor air quality extended into most Western states and Canada. For our next adventure, …