Sunday, September 19, 2010

Days 78 and 79 - Missoula MT and Island Park ID - Tues. and Wed., Sept 14 and 15, 2010

We see snow on some of the mountains far in the distance, and are glad there is none where we are.  Temperatures are in the 40s overnight and 70s during the day.  

Our next evening is spent at Wally World in Missoula, but we arrive late in the afternoon and the choice spots are taken.  We learn that all RVs are welcome and there are more sites available in the northwest corner of the parking lot.  

As we continue our trip, we see beautiful rock formations and winding roads along the way.  We cross the Continental Divide several times today, climbing to elevations of from 6 to 9,000 feet. 
We encounter many long, steep grades and Herb uses the gears -- not the brakes -- when slowing.  

A whimsical sign we see advertising a motel is, "Lewis and Clark would have rather stayed here."  Probably so.

We come  upon a mountain with a cave-like hole in it and wonder if it is a cave and how far into the interior it goes.

More bald mountains with only grasses, then we cone to an area with evergreen and deciduous changing their colors, and streams with fly fishermen -- hopefully having good luck today.

We arrive in Island Park and Sweet Caroline climbs the steep hill to the cul-de-sac above Patti and David's cabin, and parks facing Henry's Lake.  It can't get any better than this, unless it is turning around in the opposite direction to have a view of the very high hill behind us which is displaying its changing colors. 

 We hike down below to the patio of La Serda, which is the name they have chosen for their mountain home (and there is a story behind this.)  David chops wood for the fire pit, as it is beginning to be chilly.  

Sue from Arizona, who has the cabin above us in the cul-de-sac, joins us for Happy Hour as the party moves to our place.  She is honored by Jake and Annie.  Is she giving them treats?

We move inside to enjoy the soup and cornbread -- comfort food after a day of traveling -- that they have prepared for us, and Annie discovers Jake's food bowl.  Jake says it is OK -- share and share alike!  

Night falls over Henry's Lake.
It's all about friends.
Willie of Walldog, Willie and Jake

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