Bison Quest bison and wildlife adventure vacations Experience Nature Like You Never Have Before Aug 12, 2012 04:17 pm This was our fifth visit – we just love this place! We’ve come at a variety of times of the year – late June, early/mid July, Oct., and now early August. The experience was slightly different each time (e.g. more pink, purple and blue wild flowers in July vs. white and yellow ones in August along with lots of butterflies, one early morning snow in late June - but gone by the afternoon and gorgeous sunny days after that, the bison calves still orange in July but mostly changed color in August, etc.). This is a wonderful place to just relax and enjoy nature. This visit we did several hikes off the ranch (with amazing views of the vast Montana mountains and countryside at the top), went trout fishing in a local creek, horseback riding and also had a couple of quite successful game drives. The animal highlights this year were bear, a herd of elk, and a great grey owl with two young ones – which we observed for quite some time. Pam and Craig – who are wildlife biologists – are both great spotters and are an amazing source of knowledge about the animals and their environment on the game drives. Deer (both moms with fawns and bucks with racks) also abounded on both the ranch and on the drives, and blue grouse, chipmunks, rabbits and hummingbirds were frequent visitors to camp (where we could watch them from the front porch of the cabin). The bison didn’t disappoint either – with four different visits via the trail through camp; they definitely enjoy their oats! We also booked two different massages which were a nice way to unwind and loosen up our muscles after a couple of the hikes.
The food is consistently a treat – both tasty and healthy. The fresh eggs are one of our favorites in the morning, as well as bison several different ways (burgers, roast, tenderloin) and pizza on the barbecue is always a must. Pam will go over the menu with you in advance and then again to organize which meals you want in what order when you’re there. You definitely won’t go hungry. My favorite twist on the week is that I indulged in some sweet treats too (sticky buns, s’mores, yummy warm cookies, and cream cheese fruit pie) and still lost a few pounds while we were there because we were so active.
The cabins are a delight. The beds are amazingly comfortable, and the porch is a great spot to sit and read, play cards or just watch the hummingbirds come to the feeder or the chipmunks run up and down the fence. As before, the bathrooms are small but functional (with a decent sized shower) and there aren’t any power outlets in the cabins, but the solar powered lighting in the cabins has improved with great reading lamps installed over the bed. Also, if you must connect to the Internet you can now access a wireless network if you go to the main house.
We’ll definitely go back again – and in particular want to visit in the winter to see wolves.
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