Category: Northwest America

Go Glamping in Montana!

Roughing it in the wilderness may sound like a cool thing to do, but when it comes to families with little ones or partners who love the comforts of a posh hotel, the milder version, “glamping” as it has come to be known as, may be the way to go. It is a fancier way to tap into your outdoorsy self. You can fall asleep … Read the rest

One Year of Blogging

Last year, I was busy planning a trip to Montana around this time. This blog was a new project with a yet-to-be-decided name and I was still in talks with my admin and editor over design and content. My aim was to get everything in place before I left for my press trip to a part of America, which until then, was shrouded in mystery … Read the rest

Travel Tidbits from 2010

I have covered quite a few places in 2010 – starting with Lititz in Pennsylvania and finishing it off with a trip to Montana! In between, we have been to Providence, Philadelphia, Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, Portsmouth, Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Princeton, Albany and Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. We have also explored the … Read the rest

A Diner with a Sense of Humor

The above picture is from a diner off  US Highway 2 in northern Montana. I loved its classic look and feel, very fifties. To make matters more interesting there was this poster of  a glaring Yosemite Sam riddled with fake bullet holes which dared you to complain. If you look closely, it says ‘Complaint Department – Whine at Your Own Risk’. Part of the Looney … Read the rest

Pic(k) of the Week – Doggy Love

This snub-nosed adorable bulldog stole my heart. We had stopped for coffee in downtown Whitefish, Montana on a rainy October morning and this stodgy fella stood outside…looking in through the glass but not stepping in.  

This reminds me of the Puppy Song by Harry Nilsson – here are a few lines:

Dreams are nothing more than wishes
And a wish’s just a dream you wish
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Snapshots from Montana

Last week started on an adventurous note. I hopped on a plane to Minneapolis and from there to Kalispell Airport in Flathead County, Montana. Tia Troy, Public Relations Manager of Glacier Country Tourism greeted me and my fellow journos as we picked up our assorted luggage and embraced the cold Montana air. Tia doesn’t believe in wasting precious time, especially when the itinerary includes horseback … Read the rest

A River Runs Through It

Photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

The state of Montana is home to the widely popular Glacier National Park. Scores of activities and plenty of wildlife are the main draws. Second day of my week long Montana trip was spent hiking the gorgeous Glacier National Park. Intermittent showers did not deter us from exploring the park which as you can see from the … Read the rest

It’s Raining Huckleberries

During dinner at the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex last night, we found the menu dotted with tiny purple-green images of huckleberries, a kind of wild mountain berry native to the Pacific Northwest. Apart from being a favorite among the area’s bear population, these fleshy berries find their way into menus all over the region.

Each of us ordered something or the other with the … Read the rest

Giddyup!

Bar W Guest Ranch. Photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

Big Sky Country, as Montana is often known as is home to cowboys (and cowgirls), fly fishermen, bears, mountain lions and very friendly people. I have been here for just two days and already I am beginning to understand why people from all over the country are always moving to Montana or planning … Read the rest

Horseback Riding in Montana

Dave, Andrew and Ashley at the Bar W Guest Ranch in Montana, photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

I arrived in Kalispell, Montana yesterday all set to spend an entire week exploring America’s fourth largest state.

Tia Troy (Public Relations Manager at Glacier Country Tourism) and Ian & Tonya Fitzpatrick from World Footprints – all three of us drove straight from the airport … Read the rest