Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wedding season is coming! I am ready to perform your wedding ceremony!

  Rev. Dr. Ann Harwood, licensed interfaith minister

Located in the Mission Mountains near St. Ignatius, Montana, come to Bear Spirit Lodge B&B for your wedding ceremony! We can accommodate small weddings outside with up to 30 people. I would like to perform your wedding ceremony & host you for your wedding night at Bear Spirit Lodge. If you would like to talk about some ideas, 
please call me at 406-745-3089! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Winter's Beautiful Blanket of Snow

The Mission Mountains of Montana

Part of the Northern Rocky Mountains, the Mission Mountains are a simply beautiful mountain range. The mountains are a wildlife habitat for many animals including grizzly bears, black bears, mountain lions, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, weasels, martens, marmots, rabbits, mountain goats, lynx, elk, deer, and lots of raptors including hawks, owls & eagles.
During all seasons of the year, you can enjoy hiking & climbing in the mountains. In the winter, snowshoeing, sledding & cross-country skiing are popular. Not too far away, snow skiing is available at several ski resorts including Blacktail Mountain Ski Area & Big Mountain. 
The National Bison Range lower road is open & perfect for photography of beautiful vistas, elk & deer herds & of course, bison. Even the lower roads of Glacier Park are open & provide great photography opportunities. 
Bear Spirit Lodge B&B is open upon request in February & March. On April 1st we will open for B&B & be open thru October. We look forward to enjoying all seasons of the year with you!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017!

 Blankets of Snow & Beauty in December!

Bear Spirit Lodge B&B is closed for the Winter Season. Nature NEVER closes, so each season of the year is beautiful in its own way.
We hope you have an Abundant & Prosperous New Year 2017! May you have all the gifts of good health, good friends & family, & time to enjoy each & every day.
We look forward to seeing you in the Montana "warm" season next spring, summer & fall.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Glacial Lake Missoula - A Living Geology Education!

Glacial Lake Missoula by artist, Byron Pickering

Western Montana is such an odyssey for learning about so many things, especially the natural environment. Over 12,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, the glacial movement from the North created the mountains & brought with it great flooding. All the area was 2,000 feet under water. 
A great place to see the geological formations & strand lines is at the National Bison Range & Camas Prairie. The Bison Range very top point was above the water, but most of the Bison Range was under water. 
Ice Age Lake Missoula was a forbidding scene. The water was dark, deep & murky. There is no evidence of fish & other aquatic life forms. Geologists surmise that the sediment was ground down to a "rock flour" powder by the glacial action. Although mastodons,  mammoths & bison roamed the nearby areas, there is no direct evidence of humans beings.
At the National Bison Range, the bison wallow in the "rock flour" powder to relieve the bugs, their bites & heat. Come see us at Bear Spirit Lodge next summer & enjoy the spectacular, unspoiled nature!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mission Mountains of Montana - A Last Great Place!

     Mission Falls near Bear Spirit Lodge B&B

The Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness area is so vast & beautiful.
It covers almost 92,000 acres.
From the foothills around 4,000 feet to 10,000 high peaks, there is plenty to explore in these beautiful  mountains. Avid hikers have been to the tallest peak, McDonald Peak, which is almost 10,000 ft high. 
A popular hiking spot near Bear Spirit Lodge B&B is Mission Dam Reservoir 
& the lower Mission Falls. 
A pretty flat hike from the Reservoir to the Lower Falls is about 2 miles. You can also drive slowly on a 1-lane rocky road to the base of the Mission Falls. You need a high riding car or truck to drive this lane. 
For those of you hardier hikes, you can go up about another 3-4 miles to Elizabeth Falls via a rough trail which is not groomed. It can be a little treacherous in spots, so it is advisable to be with a hiking buddy, & carry bear spray & drinking water. 
Lucifer Lake is at the top of the Falls & beautiful, clear & blue.

Come to Bear Spirit Lodge B&B, & have some mini-hiking days around the area.

A Tribal Recreation Permit is required, & can be purchased locally for $14 per year or less for a 3-day permit.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

    Great Horned Owls near Bear Spirit Lodge B&B


"A wise old owl lived in an oak 
The more he saw, the less he spoke 
The less he spoke, the more he heard 
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?"

The Great Horned Owls are abundant in the Mission Valley. They sit on high poles focusing on catching some food. They like to "sing" & even more fun is to sing a "hoot,hoot" to them & hear them answer back.

They do fly stealthily & are so silent when they fly. They are looking for voles, mice, feral cats, or pet cats, & lots of small critters. Their wing span can be 3-5' across & quite magnificent. 
Come to Bear Spirit Lodge B&B & go bird sighting with us!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July in Montana is the BEST!

The Arlee Celebration (Pow Wow) July 1-4th
  The 118th Arlee Celebration brings together tribes from all over the USA & Canada to celebrate their culture & history. The ceremonial tribal dress & beading is especially a sight to behold - full of colors & exquisite art. 
It is fun to see the dance competitions, the general all tribal (including non-tribal) dances, & the Snake Dance on July 4th. You can also buy jewelry & artifacts, clothing, T-shirts, blankets in all price ranges. The food is delicious, especially the Indian tacos & fry bread.
Come stay at Bear Spirit Lodge only 25 minutes from the Arlee Pow Wow!