Anaconda Journals

Week-long Experience along Montana-Canada Border

A June 2007 trip to Anaconda by sfharper

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Photo, More Photos
Quote: We're visiting places we haven't been before in the Rockies and grasslands and finding beauty, birds, family, and fun.
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Photo,
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Take the plunge, say all the ads on the billboards as you approach Fairmont Hotsprings. Willingly. There's an indoor swimming and hot pool and an outdoor swimming and hot pool and one huge water slide that residents pay extra to use. That's usually enough for me in a hotel. Walk across the parking lot to get to the long golf course in okay condition and good challenge. There's a decent cafe that's open late for people like us that stay out birding. They made us pizza and a kid's order of chicken strips and sent it along with us to our room when we showed up after the cafe was closed. The staff are friendly and helped get our high speed Internet connection working. The beds are comfortable, the ro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2007

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
1500 Fairmont Road
Fairmont, Montana 59711
(800) 332-3272

Holiday Inn Express Suites Dickinson

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Express"

Holiday Inn Express Suites Dickinson Photo, Dickinson, North Dakota
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Our stay in the Holiday Inn Express in Dickinson pleasant. Our check in went smoothly, the clerk telling us where to park, answering questions very helpfully, and getting us to our room with ease. I love good service. The room we had held two queen beds, two comfortable chairs, a desk, end table, adequate lighting and plentiful bathroom supplies. Our maid was over zealous in providing us a clean room, she took our large bar of soap, but left plenty of the hotel's supplies in exchange. Maid wake up occurs about 8:30am - I never like it in a hotel but understand the necessity. We left our window open on a Sunday night and found ourselves wakened by the garbage men in the morning - the noise leve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2007

Holiday Inn Express Suites Dickinson
103 14th Street West
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601
1-701-456-8000

Sanford's Grub and Pub

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Restaurant

Sanford's Grub and Pub Photo, Dickinson, North Dakota
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Sanford's Grub and Pub is a fun place to get a sandwich. We ate there twice, the first time getting blt's, the second I had a dip stick - better known as a french dip and Bob had a chicken salad. The food quantity is adequate for the price, the quality good.The restaurant's motif is sixty-ish drive-in and automobiles. Expect to be waited on by someone who looks ready to lube your automobile. Regardless what they look like, expect fast, pleasant service. There were a few surprised looks when we seated ourselves 1/2 hour before closing, but our food came fast and we were very grateful.Bob elected to get a bottle of Grolsch the first night, on the second visit, they had a special on blood...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2007

Sanford's Grub and Pub
167 14th Street W.
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601
(701) 483-9770

Old Works

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Attraction

Old Works  Photo, Anaconda, Montana
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A Jack Nicklaus designed course in the middle of wild Montana on the site of the former Anaconda Mining operations and run by Troon Golf. Wonderful! I had so much fun playing this course. It's a history lesson while you play. The course wasn't very crowded, we passed a four-some that left an hour before us even though we took photographs and didn't know how the course played. Conditions on the course were pretty good, only a few scuffs and dry spots. Before we started, we ate lunch at their restaurant and was waited on by a really friendly woman who knew her job well. We tried the local "Trout Slayer" beer on tap - pretty good. We left "Moose Drool" for others to try. The food in the rest...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2007

Old Works
1205 Pizzini Way
Anaconda, Montana
(406) 563-5989

Bridge Mid Pond Photo,
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The Warm Springs Wildlife Refuge makes a wonderful day or half day trip. The refuge offers picnicking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Set just off I-90, the wildlife refuge is easy to find, but does involve driving on gravel roads. The Refuge has seven or more viewing or activity centers to choose from. Access is via a loop road that exits and enters off I-90. Once on the road, visitors can leisurely drive, hike, or do any activity. This is a primitive area. We found a nice hiking trail that led us out on a dike into the ponds to view wildlife. We found Bald Eagles, ducks of many sorts including Red-throated Grebe, Sandhill Crane, and the very scratchy-throated Yellow...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2007

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

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Attraction

Bully Pulpit Golf Course Photo, Medora, North Dakota
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Bully Pulpit Golf Course is set on the edge of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The name comes from the nickname that Teddy Roosevelt gave the United States presidency, calling it a Bully Pulpit. A transportation museum honoring Teddy Roosevelt's many contributions including the Panama Canal is located in the golf course clubhouse and it includes a film, pictures, and signs explaining the topic.The golf course itself is a real delight. The old Amidon church is presently sitting on the edge of the first tees and is planned to be moved further down the valley for a bible school. The front nine are mostly level, with the holes winding among forest and wild grasses and along the Little Missou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2007

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Medora, North Dakota

Enchanted Parkway

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Attraction

Grasshoppers Photo,
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Twelve miles outside of Dickinson, ND, the World's Largest Metal Sculptures have been crafted and installed on a twenty-five mile stretch of highway. The sculptures relate to items that are the lifeblood of the state - fish, pheasants, geese, etc. The workmanship is nicely done and show great imagination and skill. The metal is reused from area scrap.When we drove through, the state had recently had a high windstorm and a few of the artworks were lying down. But most were in place. The drive is very pleasant, passing through farmland planted with alfalfa, brilliant yellow canola in bloom, and wheat. We spotted a few birds along the trip including several raptors. Every artwork has a picnic tab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2007

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sfharper

sfharper
Renton, Washington