Monday, August 16, 2010
8/16/10 Monday - Missoula
We stocked up on provisions at the grocery store in Helena then hit the road west to Missoula. There we visited The Book Exchange, a store Randy remembered from his 1986 trip. We left there with more pounds of books for the van and less money in our pockets. Lunch next door at Paul's Pancake Parlor, yummy.
Our next stop was St. Ignatius, home of a Jesuit mission that was founded in 1841. It's on the Flathead Reservation. The "new" church was built in 1891, and the frescoes inside were painted by the mission cook. They're in beautiful condition. There is also a small collection of native artifacts in the original log building. Worth a quick stop if you're in the area. St. Ignatius is also home to the new skatepark, built with community funds. There was no one skating and we didn't have any skateboards with us, but it looked cool. We read about it in the newspaper at The Malt Shop where we had some ice cream cones.
We drove through more beautiful country and watched diligently, but in vain, for big animals. We did have lovely views of Flathead Lake. We're in Kalispell tonight, and will be going into Glacier National Park tomorrow.
If the campgrounds aren't full, we'll be camping and won't have a computer for a few days.