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TREETOP WALK THROUGH A MONTANA VALLEY

New this summer will be a hawk-eye's view of northwestern Montana's Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. Stroll a mile-long boardwalk suspended in the trees at Big Mountain Resort, just outside the town of Whitefish. Ride a horse-drawn wagon into the forest where naturalists will help you spot black bears, cougars and red-tailed hawks while you are 30 feet above ground. A half-day outing is $67 per person. Call (406) 862-2900 or visit www.bigmtn.com.

Stash Tea offers free night at B&B

Stash Tea has partnered with nearly 1,000 bed-and-breakfast inns to provide consumers with a free night stay at an inn with the purchase of one night. The inns are located across North America, with a few in Australia and New Zealand. To participate, consumers must buy three specially-marked boxes of Stash Tea and send the proofs of purchase, $3.95 and a completed form to receive a guide and the free night certificate, which is good through April 30, 2005. Forms available from www.stashtea.com/bboffer.htm.

On the road to Lake Mead

Las Vegas' newest casino, MonteLago, opened May 8. MonteLago is the second casino in the fast-growing Lake Las Vegas subdivision, 25 miles from the Strip on the way to Lake Mead, reports Lasvegasadvisor.com.

Casino MonteLago is attached to a 350-room Ritz-Carlton, which opened separately in February. The casino is smallish at 40,000 square feet, but much larger than the area's other casino at the Hyatt Lake Las Vegas. Casino MonteLago is one of only two casinos in Nevada owned by Native American tribes. It borders the Village at MonteLago, a separate complex of high-end retail shops and condominiums.

On target

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., is featuring an exhibit of the one of world's most famous firearms, and the life and times of its creator, Samuel Colt.

The exhibition, "Colt: The Legacy of a Legend," opened May 9 and continues through Oct. 6.

The display includes 800 firearms representing the most historically significant exhibition of Colt firearms during the past 100 years, according to Interim Curator Warren Newman of the center's Cody Firearms Museum.

About 100 lenders, including members of the Colt Collectors Association and several museums have contributed to the display, which ranges from early revolvers to machine guns of the World Wars and the M-16.

Four legs to stand on

Mules helped build the Pennsylvania economy by pulling countless barges of coal on the Delaware and Lehigh canals. Now, officials at the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Commission want to remind people of the mule's important work.

The way they've chosen to do it is a public art project called "Miles of Mules."

Life-sized mule statues were given to 150 people to decorate. One artist dressed up his mule like Elvis, complete with sideburns, and others have been adorned with bottlecaps, painted daisies -- you name it.

"The idea is to make art more accessible and give it a playful spin," says Elisabeth Flynn of the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, one of the commission's Miles of Mules partners.

Renting green

Vacationers who want to tool around the United States this summer without guilt over polluting the atmosphere or adding to global warming can rent an environmentally friendly car at rates comparable to a non-green car.

EV Rental Cars, now partnered with Budget, are available in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Pittsburgh and several areas in California (877-EV RENTAL).

Green cars come in three varieties: gasoline-electric hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic, which never need to be plugged in; electric-only cars such as General Motors EV-1 which need to be recharged after 100 miles, and natural-gas powered cars which must be refueled at a special station.

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