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Dream Highway: US Highway 212 and the Beartooth Highway

Dream Highway: US Highway 212 and the Beartooth Highway

IMG_6519Like so many other people, I have a bucket list of places I want to visit in my lifetime. On my trip in May 2014 I was able to scratch off TWO of them!  The first was a trip across US Route 2 from Michigan to Montana, with a stop in Bemidji, MN to see the giant Paul Bunyan and Ox statues (so it was kind of a three for the price of two really).  You can read about that portion of the trip HERE.

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Montana Trip: US Highway 89 thru Montana - South 89

Montana Trip: US Highway 89 thru Montana – South 89

89 South in Montana

89 South in Montana

After spending a nice day with my children and grandchildren along US Highway 89 north of Great Falls, it was time to begin the long trip back to Kentucky  the next day. I would begin the return trip with a quick jaunt south on I-15  to Great Falls and then south on US 87/89 towards Kings Hill Pass on the Kings Hill Scenic Byway, which runs along US 89 from the US 87 junction…

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Montana Trip: The Other Rock City

Montana Trip: The Other Rock City

Rock City, Montana

Rock City, Montana

While on a trip to Montana in late May 2014, I had the opportunity to visit a place called Rock City, just north of Valier, Montana. (see my recent post on that trip) In and of itself, Valier is not too exciting of small town but it is scenic as it borders Lake Frances, a great bird estuary.

Welcome to Valier, Montana

Welcome to Valier, Montana

Sumoflam at Rock City north of Valier, Montana

Sumoflam at Rock City north of Valier, Montana

With my…

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Montana Trip: US Highway 89 thru Montana - North 89

Montana Trip: US Highway 89 thru Montana – North 89

Glacier National Park

Snow covered mountains of Glacier National Park as seen from US 89 just south of US Route 2 near Browning, MT

As I continued my trip in Montana, I spent some time with my daughter and her children in Shelby.  From there I proceeded to head back to Kentucky the “back roads” way over a number of US Highways and State Highways.

US Route 2 and US Route 89

US Route 2 and US Route 89

My goal was to travel the majority of…

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Montana Roadtrip: Taking the Hi-Line Across Northern Montana

Montana Roadtrip: Taking the Hi-Line Across Northern Montana

US Route 2 Montana - The Hi-Line

US Route 2 Montana – The Hi-Line

My trip along Route 2 continued from Glasgow, Montana westward along what is known as the Montana Hi-Line (See my May 2013 postabout a previous drive on a portion of the Hi-Line).  Back in May last year I drove through to Glasgow and then south.  On this trip I tried to spend a little more time in some of the smaller towns on the road and capture the essence of…

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Montana Road Trip: Zipping across North Dakota on US Highway 2

Montana Road Trip: Zipping across North Dakota on US Highway 2

US Route 2 in North Dakota

US Route 2 in North Dakota

I continue my series on my Montana road trip and my drive along US Route two across the northern border from Michigan to Montana.

Welcome to North Dakota

Welcome to North Dakota

As one progresses further west after leaving Minnesota, you soon discover that the land is flatter, full of prairies and grasslands and not as many lakes and streams as one would see in Minnesota.

US Route 2 in North Daota

US Route 2 in North…

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A Grizzly Experience: Grizz Works in Maple, WI

A Grizzly Experience: Grizz Works in Maple, WI

Grizz Works in Maple, WI

Grizz Works in Maple, WI

During my trip on US Route 2 across Wisconsin, I came across a unique place called Grizz Works in the small town of Maple, Wisconsin. It amounted to a roadside stop with a whole bunch of big, realistic looking chainsaw carved wooden animals and other statues. I have seen many of these along the roads in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ontario, Arkansas and Kentucky, but the work…

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It’s All in the Trip

It’s All in the Trip

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I started off today on the last leg of a 9 Day Road trip. This was my second 9 day road trip in one month. Both road trips were mainly for family affairs of one type or another. So, that being said, I did have destinations for both trips.

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My first trip took me to Montana for my grandson’s baptism. I’ve already posted some content about that, but that trip took me almost 4600 miles in nine days…

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Dreams Come True in Bemidji, MN

Dreams Come True in Bemidji, MN

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Bemidji, Minnesota while on a road trip to Montana. I wrote a little blurb about it on my blog post about driving US Route 2 across the state of Minnesota.

Welcome to Bemidji, Minnesota

Welcome to Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji, Minnesota is one of the ultimate “quirky places” to visit in Minnesota and for me it is a dream come true place to visit. Here is why:

Life Magazine article on Bemidji and Paul Bunyan statue in February 1945

Life Magazine article on…

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Montana Road Trip: US Route 2 across Minnesota - Offbeat Paradise

Montana Road Trip: US Route 2 across Minnesota – Offbeat Paradise

Northern Pike

Northern Pike Statue in Deer River, MN

Traveling US Route 2 across Wisconsin was beautiful and had its share of offbeat and quirky places, but Minnesota’s section of US Route 2 is one to be reckoned with when it comes to quirky and fun destinations on the same road. Entering from Superior, Wisconsin, Route 2 starts south of Duluth and proceeds through Proctor, MN.  From there the road heads…

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