Yes, the hills are golden here...we are now at about 3500 feet in elevation, so along with the high temps, the soothing greens we experienced in Colorado are mostly a distant memory, at least for a few days. We've had to get out earlier for exercise to beat the heat and Rattlesnake National Recreation Area provided a shady reprieve just a few miles North of town. There's miles of trails here, both flat and steep, foot and bike and horse friendly. We hiked an 8 mile loop using Rattlesnake, Wallman and Stuart Peak trails; Wallman had some pretty steep sections.
The Clark Fork River goes through town and has a nice paved walking and biking path alongside. On Saturdays there are three different farmers markets to choose from; we went to the Clark Fork market and were amazed at the large number of vendors and the reasonable prices for gorgeous produce. It was so crowded I didn't take any photos. We've walked and drove some of the neighborhoods around town and have seen some lovely old buildings.
|On the University of Montana campus.|
While there are several disc golf courses in Missoula, Blue Mountain got the best reviews so we had to check it out. This course ranges across hills and gullys and provides a great workout with excellent views.
|Hole 10: you have to throw about 600 feet into the valley below the tee.|
Hans is a fan of 60's garage/psychedelic rock and when we noticed an event highlighting art from that turning point in music we knew we had to go. Lost Sounds Montana strives to preserve and make accessible the music and history of local bands from this era.
|Art by musician Kim Sherman.|
|Gig posters from early 60's.|
We managed to meet up once again with Tim and Amanda as our stay overlapped with theirs at the same RV park. No pictures this time, but we had a fun happy hour at their Airstream one evening. Who knows, our paths may cross again in Bend! (Amanda, After tasting your awesome kale pesto I made my own from our farmers market haul...absolutely delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!)
On our last full day (today) we took our bikes to Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and rode to the Franklin Bridge. It's a beautiful and easy 16 mile RT on an old fire road (though some long sections were rather rocky...the kind that's easy to ride over but jounces your innards like crazy even if you stand up).
|Most of the ride was on the main trail, but this offshoot singletrack took us through some pretty forest.|
|Bee hive along Rattlesnake Creek.|
Tomorrow we're off to Bigfork for a week. We'll meet up with some former San Diego neighbors, Paula and Leslie. Looking forward to some tasty dinners together and getting in some time on the water!