The WINs moved on the to Lumberjack Saloon, outside of Lolo, MT. They have a nice campground out back.
Marie put on a great gathering. The Saloon is really a unique place. Notice the wall behind Marie is made of 3 giant cedar trees. A lot of the furniture is also made from the giant trees, like the chair on the right. The bar is made from just one tree, but I didn't get a shot of it.
We had some strange weather while we were there. This storm produced hail, then the sky was clear. Weather moves through here fast!
What caused this damage to the campground dumpster?
The culprit left footprints as clues.
Ah ha! I caught a shot of the guilty party on his daily rounds!
The first outing we took was to the US Forest Service Smokejumpers headquarters in Missoula. There are always several fires going on in the forests of western Montana, and the quickest way to take care of them is to drop firefighters out of the sky.
Most of the smokejumpers were a little camera shy, but I found myself a friendly one.
There was a whole room just for hanging up parachutes before they are repacked.
The smokejumpers fold their own parachutes.
I was really surprised that they also do their own repairs and even make their packs!
And I sure do hope they get it right!