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Choteau, Mont.: History meets small-town culture

The eastern side of the Continental Divide in Montana is the plains. It’s not flat, but it is grassland, a lot of it, allowing you feel like you can see forever.

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Farmstand Adventures in Napa

Wine-tasting may be the primary activity of choice for visitors to the Napa Valley, but vino isn’t this verdant area’s only agricultural product of note.

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The Birds are the Thing at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

For nature-lovers and photo hounds, a must-visit site en route to Enchanted Forest (which I wrote about for the March/April 2011 issue of Via) is the nearly 3,000 acres of Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, just a few miles away.

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Where to enjoy Joshua trees, while you can

A few years ago, people who love Joshua trees—myself included—got some bad news. Scientists projected that within 100 years, this gnarl-limbed desert dweller will disappear entirely from Arizona, Utah, and many parts of California and Nevada.

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Augusta, Mont.: Wonder under the Front

I live in western Montana. Getting to Al Wiseman and the Old North Trail (which I did for a piece in the March/April 2011 issue of VIA) means crossing the Continental Divide, the Rockies, at Rogers Pass.

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Sharpsteen Museum presents an intricate look at Calistoga's past

Here’s what I love about small-town museums: Limited in their scope by geography, they’re forced to focus on the minutiae of everyday life, which invariably brings to light the quirky and curious behaviors and history of the inhabitants.

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Napa: Following food from farm to table

Visitors to Napa’s foodie capital of Yountville have long been treated to the quintessential farm-to-table experience. A walk through the glorious gardens of The French Laundry proves as much.

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Cascade, Idaho: Kelly's Whitewater Park

The day I visited Kelly’s Whitewater Park I met Kelly. Actually, I met the memory of Kelly. A bunch of us did.

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Montana's Eastern Front imbued with Metis history

Knowing about the Metis makes the Eastern Front and the area around Choteau, Mont., more special, but also overlays it with melancholy.

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Napa: Farmers' markets of St. Helena and Calistoga

Underneath all the chi chi trappings, the Napa Valley is still working farm country, with small growers and the workshops of artisanal purveyors dotted across its rolling hills.

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