Sunday, July 15, 2018

One Last Missoula Post

There's even more to see in Missoula! One day we went to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

We toured most of the many buildings that are part of the museum. They even had a model train we could play with!

Then we headed out to see the outdoor exhibits. I was distracted once again...

But our timing was off. We should have done the outdoors first, because it started pouring. But we still saw quite a bit.

On the Fourth of July, Cindy took us on a great hike.

I got this shot down the hill of an RV with the ultimate towed vehicle. I was so jealous!

What goes up eventually comes back down.

Distracted again, this time by a salsify seed.

And across the river was an eagle's nest! It's hard to see, but there are 3 eagles in the picture.

After our climb up and down the hill, we took the flat way back, on the old railroad bed. The tunnel was closed off (there was a path around), but some of our group went through and crawled under the fence to get out. We're such rule breakers!

After the hike, we went to see the Natural Pier Bridge over the river.

We even drove across it!

Good job! Look both ways!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Historical Journeys in Missoula

One day, Cindy, our host for this stop, took us to the Ninemile Remount Depot and Ranger Station. She arranged for a great private tour.

Horses and mules are raised and boarded here to assist in transporting people and equipment necessary for managing our backcountry.

There is a blacksmith shop here. Apparently, mules really hate for anyone to touch their feet, so that can be a problem.

The Saddle Shop has a huge sewing machine!

We finally got to go outside, and immediately the mules and horses came over to say hello.

Our studs posed in front of the Stud Barn.

But I got distracted by all the Swallow Nests.

We also drove out to an old CCC Camp. There's not much left except for the foundations -

And a really nice chimney.

I'm just loving Missoula!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Buddhas, Mushrooms, and Guns

While in Missoula, we parked on the lot of a tow company/junk yard! Sounds awful, right? But it was really nice!

We had a day off one day, and Monika and I decided to go to see the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The flowers were great -

As were the Buddhas. I had been to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Ukiah, CA four years ago, but these Buddhas were a lot bigger.

There was a small pond -

And up on the hill was a prayer flag mound. Up we went!

The view back down to the thousand Buddhas.

Every Saturday, Missoula has 3 different Farmers Markets, within walking distance from each other!

Anyone want any mushrooms? There were plenty here.

The next day, we went back to Travelers Rest SP because they were having their Expedition Days, celebrating the fact that Lewis and Clark went through here exactly 212 years ago on their way back to St. Louis. This guy showed us how to make bullets, and fired an old rifle for us.

They also had an "animal morgue petting zoo."

And we got to make Native American toys out of willow branches and twine. I wasn't very good at it, but Carolyn had it nailed.

Our group, or at least those we could gather together. Still more to come!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Moving On to Missoula

We had a wonderful visit in Missoula, starting off at Travelers Rest State Park. We're following the Lewis and Clark route, and this is a highlight.

We got our own guided tour of the grounds.

We got to see the only verified camping spot of Lewis and Clark. They verified this by carbon dating the fire hearth, and some other scientific test of their latrine area.

I must have gotten distracted when he was explaining that...

Every Wednesday, Missoula has "Out to Lunch," where we had lots of choices. It was pretty crowded.

And then we walked over to the carousel. I saw this dragon and was determined to get on it. I succeeded!

The Carousel is REALLY fast! Here I am hanging on for dear life!

A VERY short video, showing just how fast. I'm at the very beginning.

Surfing in Missoula?!? Yes, you can, on Brennan's wave, a manmade wave on the river that provides kayakers and surfers with a whitewater experience.

We then drove over to the Boone and Crockett Club, located in the old train station.

I was actually more interested in the outside than the inside.

That night we had a full moon, and I took a picture. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the picture and there was a strange thing in front of the moon!

Since there are about 5,000 satellites up there, I guess it's not too surprising. In order for a satellite to travel at the same speed as the rotation of the earth, the satellites are exactly 22,223 miles above our sea level.

The next day we went to the Smokejumpers Visitors Center at the Missoula Airport.

We had a great tour, where we learned all about how the Smokejumpers jump out of airplanes to fight forest fires.

There is a big sewing room, where the Smokejumpers sew and repair their parachutes.

And they pack their own. It takes about an hour to pack a parachute!

I got a free ride!