Look! Up In The Sky!

Two sky-related things: first, the brief storms yesterday evening created at least one rainbow. Here’s a phone-pix of one south of town (click for full-size):

rainbow south of great falls, mt

Second, got an e-mail from Aaron with a tip about the “Moon Illusion” that you might be able to see tonight:

On Wednesday night, June 18th, step outside at sunset and look around. You’ll see a giant form rising in the east. At first glance it looks like the full Moon. It has craters and seas and the face of a man, but this “moon” is strangely inflated. It’s huge! You’ve just experienced the Moon Illusion.

According to the linked article, we should be able to see the Moon Illusion beginning around 9:02 pm tonight, and around 9:45 pm tomorrow night.

Weekend Fun!

Our newly-named (and themed) minor-league baseball team, the Great Falls Voyagers, are throwing a party tomorrow, and you’re invited:

The newly-named Great Falls Voyagers will kick off their 2008 season with a party on June 14th from 1:00 until 5:00 at Centene Stadium. There will be free hot dogs and Pepsi. 2008 Voyagers players will be on hand to sign autographs and pictures; the party will also feature lots of fun activities for children of all ages.

Sounds like a good time – best wishes to the Voyagers! Read more

Chester, Montana

It was a fun weekend: on Saturday, we drove out to Monarch/Neihart, and on Sunday we drove up to Chester on the Montana Hi-Line. Small community; about 1,000 people, and the seat of Liberty County. It’s amazing how different the scenery is when you drive north versus south (or southwest). Both are beautiful drives, in their own way; I know that some people don’t consider the flatter, more barren region north of Great Falls to be “beautiful,” but it really is awesome. The highlight of the trip was the Sugar Shack – a way-cool retro diner. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open; some of the locals told us that it closed a couple of summers ago, and they’re not sure if it will re-open. Here’s some pix of the trip; click to see ’em all and in full-size:

day-trip to chester, montana!

We also stopped by the Liberty Village Arts Center and got a sneak-peak at the Nancy Greenfield exhibition that was being set up. The Arts Center is cool – the building used to be a small church, and lends itself nicely to being a community arts center. All in all, Chester seemed to be a great little community; we’ll be back!

Monarch, Neihart, & The Lazy Doe

Took a nifty little day-trip out to Monarch and Neihart today, and stopped for an awesome lunch at the Lazy Doe. We also cruised a bit farther south and saw the snow at Showdown. It’s so great to know that even as we enter June, there’s still snow to be found!

day trip to monarch and neihart!
(click to see bigger and more pictures!)

Some other highlights of the trip:

– Temperatures ranged from 76 degrees (at the Belt Creek turnoff) to 49 degrees (at Showdown). It was raining up at the top of the hill, too.

– Speaking of Belt Creek: holy cow, it was raging! We also saw The Old Turk rock formation.

– The double-cheeseburger at the Lazy Doe is large. Really large. I’m embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t finish it.

– We saw three hoary marmots (may have been yellow-bellied marmots, but “hoary marmots” sounds funnier), two young deer, and one coyote. And of course plenty of cows and horses. The marmots and the coyote were too quick to get any pictures, but the deer were pretty mellow. We pulled over on the shoulder and they weren’t too concerned; they just kept nibbling the grass and twitching their ears, even though we were only about 20 feet away.

All in all, a great little day-trip. Absolutely stunning scenery. Next time we head out that way, we’re going to try eating at the Cub’s Den.

ALSO: check out the Augusta day-trip and the Cascade day-trip!

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