After Keri told me how great it was, I finally (FINALLY!) visited Giant Springs State Park today…and now I’m kicking myself for not having visited much sooner! It is the largest freshwater spring in America — neat! — and located on the NE side of Great Falls, just past the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. It was great: geese a-plenty (not this kind!) (lots of babies!), a few bunnies, some ducks, stunning greenery and trees, amazing springs, and even a fish factory — very cool. And the shortest river in the world, the Roe River — very cute. Walked about a mile or two along the river and took one of the mini-trails with a great view back to the park (still trying to figure out what this plant is). Wow. If you haven’t visited yet, be sure to add it to your list of Places To Go.
Drove by the Carmike theatre at about 9:00pm this evening, and was only slightly surprised to see a line of Star Wars fans waiting for the midnight premiere. Perhaps 50 or so folks, mostly between 16-25 years old, about 70% male. Some had mock lightsabers, but I didn’t notice any costumes.
One of the highlights of May is seeing the little baby Canada geese along the Missouri River. Their parents march them back-n-forth across River Road, and drivers are almost unfailingly courteous as they patiently wait for all of the goslings to complete the treacherous journey. Of course, having Ma & Pa Goose staring you down from the middle of the road can be a bit intimidating. Using my admittedly less-than-stellar phone-camera, I snapped some pix today on the way home from work. Enjoy!
I’m sure most of you remember the Cow Parade several years ago: life-size (or more!) cows made of various materials were decorated by artists and placed on display in various cities. I purchased a few of the tiny collectibles! The Cow Parade is still going, by the way.
Well, now comes the Montana version: the Bison Parade! Actually, it’s called the Buffalo Hunt. Many decorated bison will be on display in various venues, and will eventually be sold at auction to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum. You can view them all in this GF Tribune gallery. The next public viewing will be in a parade at 5:30 p.m. on June 2 on Central Avenue. Then they will be displayed throughout the city at various locations until Sept. 10 (including at the Montana State Fair!), which is when they will be sold at auction at Montana ExpoPark.
Cool Beans Coffee Pub, 512 Central Avenue, 406/454-8860
If you’re strolling around downtown Great Falls and want to relax and enjoy a great cup of coffee (or espresso, or capuccino, etc), then stop in to Cool Beans Coffee Pub. Very nice atmosphere, with some nifty artwork on the walls, comfy couches to lounge in, and plenty of treats to enjoy with your coffee. Bonus: a very cool website, including a few things that are great about Great Falls!
Here is the official BRAC list that was released today. Malmstrom Air Force Base is NOT on the list, which is good news for Great Falls, although the 120th Fighter Wing of the Montana Air National Guard appears to be taking a direct hit with the proposed retirement of most of the assigned F-16 fighter jets and the re-alignment of others to ANG units in other states. Former Great Falls resident and soon-to-be-world-famous geologist Kim has a few more details, and current Great Falls resident gguy offers a few thoughts.