Whitefish, MT The 23rd annual Huckleberry Days Arts Festival in Whitefish is this weekend. With over 100 vendors, of course we went. We are constantly amazed at what they make with huckleberries. Besides the things that usually come to mind like jam and syrup, we saw popcorn, candles, honey, bark, tea, coffee, wine, beer, lemonade, licorice, cocoa mix, vinaigrette, BBQ Sauce, brownie mix, and flap jacks. We have heard that some people actually eat them as berries, too. Lunch today was at Piggyback BBQ, wonderful food in a made-over house. Then we headed up to Whitefish Mountain Resort for the rest of the day. The newest attraction there is the Aerial Adventure - an obstacle course in the trees. Participants are fitted with harnesses and gloves and are then free to navigate any of 5 treetop courses. You are challenged to cross suspended bridges and cable walk ways, climb on nets and ladders, swing on trapezes and tube traverses, and negotiate other fun elements like zip lines, barrels, etc., all 10-50 feet off the ground. It looked like a lot of fun but the lines were long (it just opened July 28) and it was expensive. They have to charge high prices because their season is only 85 days long. We chose the Alpine Slide instead. We had a blast, and so did the staff. On our 3rd or 4th time through, Jim waited for the signal to go. When he got it, he shoved the control all the way forward, expecting to go flying down the chute. Nothing happened. He did it again. On his 3rd attempt, a voice said, "What happened? Did you break it?" followed by peals of laughter. Staffer Dennise was holding the back of Jim's cart. As she let him go she hollered, "Just remember, I'm be right behind you!" Jim responded, "Just remember, I'll be waiting for you at the bottom!" What a great day.