The harvest season and end-of-summer sunshine is celebrated throughout the Northern Rockies with a variety of family-friendly events. McIntosh Apple Day Oct. 6 | Hamilton, Montana | bitterrootchamber.com Hailed as the “Biggest Bake Sale Under the Big Sky,” the annual festival at the Ravalli Museum celebrates the local...

Fishing is a year-round endeavor, but the fall season is my favorite. Low, clear, and cold water makes for accessible fishing and hungry trout. This fall should be one of the best in recent memory, as the past winter’s snowpack blessed most drainages with ample...

THE PLAN WAS HATCHED LESS THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE. It had been too long since we’d been out. Enough of town, traffic, chores, work, and deadlines. We didn’t have much of a window; we couldn’t leave until after work on Friday and had to...

Jim Williams’ fascinating new natural history book, Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion (Patagonia, $24.95), examines the seeming contradiction behind the current status of these striking, big cats. He explains that while wild animals — and especially large predators —...

ELLIOT GARFIELD IS A MAN OUT OF TIME. Not hourly time, though as a UPS delivery driver, he is in a perpetual dust cloud of a hurry on his route of graveled Northeast Montana backroads. And not seasonally, though he can seem time-deprived as he rushes...