As we headed west we thought a stopover in Missoula was in order. Since we did not have reservations anywhere we decided to do a night at a Harvest Host and then find our boondocking spot the next day. We stayed at Wildwood Brewing, where the beers were good and pizza was decent as well. The next day we made it to our boondocking spot at Chief Looking Glass Campground. It is a fishing access campground, with first come first serve campsites with fishing access if you so choose and a canoe launch, and has pit toilets. It was $15.00 a night as we did not have a Montana fishing license. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. We did not use either as the mosquitos were awful. First time since we left that the mosquitos made us stay inside. The location was perfect for site seeing Missoula. We had decent cell signal and even a few stations on tv.
Missoula has it all, wilderness and adventure and restuarants of all levels to satisfy any foodie out there. There is a river that runs through the city that has a manmade wave in it, where surfer’s take their boards and do the wave over and over again. Very cool thing to see. It is right of the riverwalk area which is surrounded by parks and museums and downtown. Missoula lies at the convergence of 3 rivers and 7 wilderness areas and is an artsy sort of town. This was the first town we came across during our travels that we thought we could live there.
We went downtown to go to a couple of the markets they had on Saturday. It made us feel we were home and almost “normal”. Pups couldn’t go into the market so Eris had to stay home. The vendors were just like our market in St. Pete, but of course local to the area.
Missoula is also home to Adventure Cycling, the organization with 50,000 bicyle routes to get the adventure on. For those who want to travel by bicycle this is the place to go.
Another day we went to Fort Missoula which is 32 acres with over 20 historic structures. It was built in 1877 during the Indian Wars and served as the starting point for the African American 25th Infantry Bicyle Corps (a 1900 mile rid to St. Louis), it was also a WWI Military training center, a CCC headquarters and a WWII interment camp for Japanese and Italian Americans. Oddly, I can’t remember the fictional novel I was reading but it spoke of Ft. Missoula as one of the Italian interment camps.
There was much more to be seen in Missoula but the weather promised to get hot so we needed to move on. We spent a nice 5 days or so there and we will be back again.
I highly recommend going there if you like the urban life with the small town feel. So until next week’s blog remember to keep on exploring, discovering and dreaming and if you like this consider following us and give us a big thumbs up.
Stay safe, see you next week as we continue onward towards the west….
Hope, Mike and Eris, the lowrider camping hound