September 1-3rd ~ Missoula, Montana
It was Labor Day weekend, and many of the parks were already booked for the end-of-summer holiday. It is normally quite easy for Tim and I to find places to stay with our tiny rig, but traveling with others that have larger rigs makes it more of a challenge. The long spaces are more limited in number.
Thankfully my sister had done the research and found Jellystone Park in Missoula. I think her comment was something along the lines of, “come on, who would not want to stay there…”. So of course it was added to our itinerary.
But I am getting a little ahead of myself, as the drive from Polson to Missoula offered up a few photo ops.
This Roman Catholic Mission church was built in the late 1800’s, and is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation. It is best known for the 58 paintings done by Brother Joseph Carignano, an untrained artist, who worked as a cook at the mission. The inside of the church was currently undergoing some restoration and scaffolding can be seen in the photos.
The mission was declared a National Historic Site in 1973.
There is a small museum and gift shop next door as well as the original log home where the Sisters lived.
Continuing on toward Missoula, the farms, quaint old buildings and natural scenic beauty made the drive very enjoyable.
Located in Western Montana, along the Clark Fork River, this is the second largest city in Montana (after Billings).
The city is also home to both Montana’s largest and its oldest active breweries which Jan and Mark were looking forward to visiting. Tim and I joined them for moral support 🙂
“Since 1984, the RMEF helped to conserve more than 6.7 million acres (26,700 km²) of habitat. RMEF also helped to restore long-absent elk populations, with herds being reestablished in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ontario, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin.” ~ Wikipedia
Although I applaud them for their conservation efforts, I had a hard time with the hunting aspect they support. They believe that “hunting is conservation, that every citizen is entitled to hunt and fish, and that science-based, state-regulated hunting drives wildlife conservation and management”.
I am certainly no export in this area, so don’t want to condemn, it just goes against my love of life, animals and nature. Probably need to get off my soapbox, as I feel like a hypocrite by eating fish and still occasionally eating meat, and understand people who hunt to put food on their table.
It is the “trophy” aspect that hurts and eludes me.
Now what about that petition to save Yogi Bear?
My brother-in-law suggested this, and I had to agree. Somehow this just seems wrong…
Coming Next: Back into Idaho
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that there are organizations who care about and are trying to protect our wildlife, whether through conservation groups, legislation, education, rescue and rehabilitation centers, or constructing bridges over busy highways. I see more and more of our Millennials leading the way in education us “more mature” members of society in how to care for and protect all God’s creatures. Our son is vegan and keeps encouraging Tim and I to learn more. As we inch slowly in that direction, I applaud all those who have already made that step toward being vegetarian, vegan or plant based.