Montana Journals

Hot Time In Montana, Take 2

A May 2001 trip to Montana by Tombrew

Iron Horse Photo, Montana, United States More Photos
Quote: I attempted to escape the Atlanta heat over the Memorial Day weekend by going to Montana. Trouble is, they were having a record-setting heat wave!

Hot Time In Montana, Take 2

Overview

Flathead Lake Photo, Montana, United States
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Naturally, the best thing about Montana (for a visitor) is the awesone natural beauty. The beautiful snow-capped Rockies dominate the skyline, whitewater rivers abound, and there are some huge crystal-clear lakes! And, of course, the good locally brewed beers are a treat for the post-hike thirst.

Quick Tips:

Every restaurant seems to be a "casino" with video poker. This is kind of a downer, as you watch poor desperate people lose their money as you dine.

Best Way To Get Around:

Missoula, where we based, is a bicyclist's dream. The city is covered with bike paths and lanes, and there is incredible mountain riding just outside the city. We needed a rental car to cover the miles.

Sleep Inn

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Hotel

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The good news is that the price per night ($54) was about $20 cheaper than anything else in town. The bad news was that every small child known to mankind was staying here, and appeared to be having track meets up and down the hallways each night of my stay. The track meets included dogs on one occasion. But, that being said, Sleep Inns are pretty darn good for the money. The rooms are plenty big enough and always have a desk with a line for your modem. And the free breakfast isn''t usually too bad. This one had the basic cereals, bagels, doughnuts, etc. The employees were very tolerant of the spoiled children who were uncontrolled by their parents, and were very pleasant. And, by golly, there...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 2, 2001

Iron Horse Pub

Restaurant

Iron Horse Photo, Montana, United States
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As you may know, I love brewpubs - you know, where they make their own beer (my hobby). This place was called a brewpub in the Yellow Pages, so off I went. When I got there, well it wasn't a brewpub, but they did sell beer. So all was well. They had some good local brews such as Moose Drool, and some decent imports. After perusing the not so unique menu, I ordered fish and chips and my hiking buddy ordered the quesadillas. The fish was actually pretty fresh and tasty, not a thawed out frozen brick. My portions were huge. My friend's plate was overflowing with food, and he said it was good. So this, combined with the good beer and friendly service, allows me to recommend this place.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2001

Hiking in Glacier National Park

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Attraction

Lake McDonald Photo, Montana, United States
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First, how to get to Glacier from Missoula - take Highway 93 about 100 miles to Kalispell. Along the way, you can observe the gorgeous scenery. When you get to Kalispell, take Highway 2 east about 30 miles to the park entrance. You can't miss it. Once you drive into the park, go to the Visitors' Center, at least to get your first view of Lake McDonald (see photo). This is a beautiful lake, with the snow-capped peaks in the background. Also in this area, you can see the thousands of tourists who seem to have gathered here and go nowhere else - which is great, because that means you can hike in solitude. Drive about five miles up Going to the Sun Road to the point where you see a lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2001

Walking All Over Missoula

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Attraction

Missoula Photo, Montana, United States
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Missoula is a neat town, with a lot of characteristics and architecture of the Old West. A good place to strat walking is the old railroad terminal building in the section called Circle Square. The architecture of the building is really neat, although now this building houses financial companies and has nothing to do with trains. Nearby is an old steam locomotive, which several children were enjoying on this steamy hot day. Then walk south on Higgins Ave., the main drag, toward the river that runs through town. Right as you get to the bridge, on your right is the old Wilma Theater, a historic building. Thios place still has shows, and there is a nice restaurant in the basement that overlooks the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2001

Creek Along the Trail Photo, Montana, United States
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To get the trailhead we used, take Highway 12 southwest from Missoula for a few miles to Lolo. Stay on 12, taking a right, and drive for nine miles. Look carefully on your left for Road 46, a Forest Service road. Then drive five very slow and careful miles, including sections that are one lane and have a sheer dropoff on the side. You will hit the trailhead, which is very well marked. The trail follows a beautiful whitewater creek as you climb up into the widerness. The tree cover is thick, so it is comfortable hiking in the hot weather. What else can I say -just enjoy the peace, the scenery, and the climbing. Hiking enthusiasts will understand this. It is hard put into words, so just do it. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2001