TAKING THE KIDS- How to make the most of the pandemic summer

The good news: If you can work remotely with kids’ camps and summer school canceled, you can opt for a longer break. Perhaps this is the year to take that big road trip out West or get a longer rental in a mountain or beach town.

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Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge
Breakfast is served on trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge

“The breakfast ride is my favorite thing at the ranch. Breakfast tastes so much better,” says Sydney Byrne, 17, a guest at Flathead Lake Lodge in NW Montana

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Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch
Trailside lunch is served

Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch

Flathead Lake Lodge is much more than a lodge - it's a ranch, farm and acre upon acre of wilderness and lakefront.

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A huge menu of activities and events at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana
Sunset music and smores at Flathead Lake Lodge

A huge menu of activities and events at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

What should we today? that’s the biggest decision a guest must make with nearly two dozen activities—including those just for kids and for teens.

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Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana is coping very well with Covid Summer, thank you
Guests from Seattle came to Flatlake Lake Lodge in their own helicopter

Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana is coping very well with Covid Summer, thank you

At Flathead Lake Lodge, rather than 125 people spread out in 22 cozy log cabins and the main lodge, there are 83, including 30 kids

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A mind game: fly-fishing in Yellowstone National Park
Getting ready to go fly flshing in the Firehole River in Yellowstone NP

A mind game: fly-fishing in Yellowstone National Park

Fly fishing in Yellowstone is a big deal. If I could have only one fishing license in the world it would be here at Yellowstone National Park,” says Almond, who traded an executive career to become a fly fishing guide.

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A different kind of camping – Under Canvas
Our tent at the Under Canvas campground near Yellowstone NP

A different kind of camping – Under Canvas

This is camping Under Canvas style, modeled after the traditional safari experience and especially welcome this Pandemic summer when everyone is anxious to enjoy the outdoors but may not want the work of camping, sleeping on the ground or sharing communal bathrooms.

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Big Geyser, Little Geyser – social distancing at Yellowstone NP
Oklahoma families at Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone NP

Big Geyser, Little Geyser – social distancing at Yellowstone NP

We’re at Yellowstone National Park but we’re not at Old Faithful. We’re a few miles away at Lone Star Geyser that required a little over a two-mile hike—really a mellow walk along a beautiful steam.

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Bear jam in Grand Teton National Park – for a very good reason
Reason for the bear jam - Bear 399 and her four cubs

Bear jam in Grand Teton National Park – for a very good reason

Meet Grizzly #399, perhaps the most famous bear in North America not only because of her advanced age (24) but her fertility (she has had seven litters—20 cubs. This year’s quadruplets, Smith said, account for only two percent of Grizzly Bear litters.

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