Blogs from Bozeman, Montana, United States, North America


North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman March 27th 2014

Has anyone out there ever participated in IFRE volunteer program? I am looking for testimonials that aren't being provided by the organization itself!? I am hoping to go to Cusco, Peru this summer with my 10 year old daughter to do volunteer work and would love any feedback!?... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman September 25th 2013

A few days ago, I was running errands with my mom, when we bumped into one of my high school teachers. I told her I was about to leave for graduate school in Applied Theatre. She said, “Oh…really? That’s not what I would have chosen for you. What made you interested in that?” I briefly told her that theatre had always been important to me, but that I wanted to work with non-professionals; that I am interested in teaching, but not necessarily in a school; and so on. But what I wanted to say was, “What wouldyou have expected me to do?” As I sit here about to fly off to another country, I can’t imagine much else for which I’d be willing to leave the family and place I love so much for ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman December 30th 2012

I feel that I have to start off by saying: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!! Seriously! Bears look cute and fuzzy and have those padded little (gigantic) feet! They look cuddly - and we have those Teddy Bears (remember, as discussed in my blog about Mt. Rushmore December 11, 2012 - they are named after Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt). You might think it's crazy (because it IS!) but there has been history of people getting out of the car to stand beside bears on the side of the road for a picture. TERRIBLE IDEA! DO NOT DO THAT!!! When we were in Yellowstone last time, there was a grizzly running along the road, and a bunch of tourists outside of their cars, setting up tri-pods, to get pictures! (The ambulance was parked, running, with its lights ... read more
Lucy Bear
Lucy Bear

North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman September 24th 2012

The first time I went to Lewis & Clark Caverns was 1983. (Google map Yeah, yeah, yeah - I know. This ages me.... but I was a kid...does that count? The next time I went was 2010, with Peter. And then, we went again this year. ...considering that, apparently, stalactites grow between 1/4" and 1" every century, and stalagmites pretty much get the "left over" drippings from the stalactities, not much has changed from 1983 to 2012, and certainly not between 2010 and 2012. (See more information regarding stalgmites, stalactites and other cave formations, in my previous blog, December 16, 2012, regarding "Black Hills Miscellany".) Still, we'll probably go again, before the next century comes around. Besides, the tour guides mix things up a bit, and have different jokes, and of course, there's the other ... read more
The yellow-y pictures are lit with electric lighting
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North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman May 30th 2012

Hi all -- I've made an executive decision: This blog site is being replaced with an email group. I'll be able (with Mary's tutoring) to attach pictures as I want them edited. The map - with which I was not satisfied in any event - will likely go. For those of you who want your comments broadcast to the whole group, please feel free to hit "reply to all." I believe that this replacement with an email group constitutes flailing, as I anticipated initially. If you don't get a test email from me shortly (and if you want to receive these messages), please email me (at to confirm that your address is part of the group. A better Travels with Big Blue is about to arise from the ashes. Roy... read more


North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman June 27th 2011

From St. Louis we ended up in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois, where there was a little bit of sunshine in sight and luckily our GPS took us straight to our hosts for the next two nights. Chicago is pretty large in size, and traffic that is to definitely be avoided...bad drivers everywhere. There didn't seem too much to do in Chicago though, ironically enough, there were a few museums, theater, the great lake and finally the most delicious restaurants! We'd probably rate it the best city to eat in so far, full of options for every taste. We went to the Chicago Diner, and they had the best burgers ever and the greatest milkshakes in the world- the cookies and cream is a must! Our CS hosts were Danelle and Judy, and they made ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman May 6th 2011

It's Friday morning and I'm proctoring my final exam. I have to finish grading them today because tomorrow I drive to Seattle, from where I will fly to Shanghai on Sunday! Hard to believe the trip is already upon me. When I returned last August I didn't think I would be traveling again this summer, but by October I knew that wasn't going to be an option. I actually bought my plane ticket in January this year, so I've had 4 whole months of counting down to the exact date and time of my departure. Less than 53 hours to go! If you're interested, here's my itinerary. It's pretty well decided down to the day, barring any transportation issues (which, if last year is any indication, will be plentiful...but no Expo this year makes me optimistic). ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman April 26th 2011

We passed briefly through Idaho, the narrow northern part of the state, on our way to Montana. Montana, nicknamed The Big Sky State, does seem to have a big sky. Even with the snowy Rocky Mountains, the land appears to be so open, natural, and sparsely populated that everything seems to be a bit bigger. Due to its bigness, we split our drive to Yellowstone up by staying a night in Bozeman, a particularly cute town with a really nice, big library and a big SuperWalmart with a nice big parking lot. So that's where we spent our time...and our night. The next morning we awoke to find ourselves in a van covered with snow! Now we had done our research and already knew that Yellowstone is still mostly closed even at the end of April ... read more
Bozeman Evening
Bozeman the Next Morning
Stunning Drive to Yellowstone

North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman June 26th 2010

We left Coram and drove southwest to Kalispell, MT. We stopped at an auto parts store to get an air filter for Bob’s car and a tail light bulb for ours. From Kalispell we took Hwy 93 south past the western shore of Flathead Lake. We saw sailboats out on the lake taking advantage of the breeze across the beautiful blue waters. We stopped by the National Bison Preserve at Moilese, where we saw a herd of buffalo and a big stack of deer and elk antlers. At Missoula we shopped for groceries before getting on I-90 east, to Butte and then on to Bozeman. Between Butte and Bozeman were some pretty steep climbs and some equally steep descents. It is beautiful country, with rolling hills, pastures and mountains, green and fertile. There are lots of ... read more
Flathead Lake
Flathead Lake
western Montana

North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman June 26th 2010

Headed out this morning on US 2 towards Kalispell, MT. We made a stop there at a NAPA autoparts store - - air filter for the Jeep and a tail light bulb for the van. From there we went south on US 93 to MT 212 to the National Bison Range located in Moiese, MT. The girls got stamped and got a patch. Drove down the west side of Flathead Lake. It was windy and there were a few sailboats out on the lake taking advantage of the wind. The lake is large (about 35 miles long and several miles wide) and a beautiful shade of blue. After leaving the Bison Range, we continued south on MT 212 until we "T'd" at MT 200. We went east on 200 back to US 93 which we followed ... read more
Sign at Bison National Range
Gate to the National Bison Range
Close-up of the Gate

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