Hey Dude! Where did the term "dude" come from?

Hey Dude!

I have often wondered – what is the strict definition of the word dude?  The term is used often and in various circumstances, but what does it really mean?  According to J.J. Gould, who in his 2013 article entitled “A Brief History of Dude” published in The Atlantic, a “dude” is one of the following as […]

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A Christmas Carol – Dude Ranch Style

When I was a kid, one of my fondest memories is of my family plunging headfirst into the Christmas season. Just about every room in the house was adorned with Christmas decorations; a fresh tree was purchased every year and was covered with tinsel, ornaments, and a star for a tree topper. Decorating the tree […]

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75 Years, 4 Generations, Same Western Authenticity.

For a single idea to permeate a culture, or to retain the original intention, it takes a strong, clear message. Around here at the Flathead Lake Lodge, that message was established in 1945, and the message was “family.” In Bigfork, Montana, on our ranch, family isn’t just the Averill’s, whose patriarch, Les Averill, founded the […]

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Giving Thanks

It’s November. Where did the time go? Most of our dude ranches are closed for the season, yet they are already preparing for the 2020 season. Some ranches are still in operation and welcoming guests throughout the year. This month includes a day for the special purpose of our country celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. The […]

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Fossils, Flowers, and Fish – Oh My!

Montana has designated nine official state symbols, represented below, all promoted by school children, garden clubs, legislators, and others. These treasures are not necessarily unique to Montana, but each one has a distinctive story to tell about our much-loved state. Montana’s State Animal: Grizzly Bear The State Animal Project was launched in 1982 to impress […]

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Montana Dude Ranch in Autumn

Falling into a Montana Autumn Adventure

So, how’s your summer been so far? The calendar tells us that the season officially ends on September 22 and autumn arrives on September 23, leaving just a few days to enjoy our beautiful Montana summer. That being said, autumn is a glorious season here in Big Sky Country. As temperatures gradually fall to the […]

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