Sep 6, 2013
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|Missoulian sandwich shop, Tagliare. Super!|
|The magnificent Mission Mountain range.|
It was here that we got our first sight of the wild fires that are ravishing the west this year. Wisps of smoke were visible and a local told us that they were unable to land fire fighters because the fire was on a knife edge of the mountain that was too hazardous to get to. The hope was that rain would put it out or that it would burn its way uphill and run out of fuel, in this case trees. If bad luck prevailed though, it would run downhill and "there are houses there and ... " Her voice trailed off before completing the sentence.
As we got closer to Glacier National Park we stopped in a small town on its southern end and I picked up an Americano at one of the many espresso shacks that are so popular out here, probably coming east from nearby Washington, coffee capitol of the country. They are everywhere on the roads that we traveled. I'm thinking that espresso was probably unknown in these parts ten years ago but now these little roadside kiosks are ubiquitous. And, good news, they all seem to be local enterprises and the coffee was great!
|We saw dozens of these little espresso shacks. Each one is decorated by its owner in a|
bright and lively design. Cute and very good coffee too!
Driving on, we came to Flathead Lake, an enormous body of pristine water, along whose eastern shore we drove as we approached the park. It was here, in Yellow Bay State Park that we stopped to enjoy our picnic as we looked out at the beautiful lake.
|A picnic lunch on Yellow Bay - Flathead Lake.|
|McDonald Lodge. It's perched on a pristine lake and|
surrounded by towering mountains. Rutic - inside and out
|Stacey at the entrance to Glacier.|
|Beautiful McDonald Lodge, perched on the northern end of the lake of the same name.|
|The road is carved into the edge of the mountain - driving is a little daunting|
but the views -- awesome and breathtaking.
|Looking out at from where we came.|
But more on that in my very last post. Stay tuned. Ciao, baby! - Matt
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