on Mt Sentinel

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I’m probably still processing my long-awaited visit to Missoula, Montana. The occasion was my youngest son’s 2nd graduation from UM and it was probably the best time to have gone. Not only did we have perfect weather, but this year the administration decided to hold the ceremonies outdoors. So, the event was not just about the ceremony but the environment surrounding the school as well. When I say that, I refer to the majestic mountains surrounding the area.

The mountains were a constant form and imagery that I wanted to drink in everyday (as well as the fresh non-humid air) – and there they were all day long from morning until night. I don’t really know quite how to describe them, except that they were imposing, dominant and yet somehow a protective force as well.

I took long walks with my son’s Jack Russell on the mountain hovering nearby, downtown and on the UM campus with my son. I walked everyday several times a day. In fact, ideally, we could have walked everywhere, as Missoula seems to be a place made for people, not cars (although that is a main transportation mode).

This barely begins to describe a full long, but also first short weekend stay in that area of the country. We filled everyday with visits to favorite restaurants, local shops, galleries, museums and even a play showing at the Children’s Theater. It was a refreshing break not only from “routine” but a different perspective, a look at other ways of living in this country. Needless to say, I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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4 Responses to “Missoula”

  1. shiborigirl Says:

    sounds wonderful-there’s nothing like a break from your usual surroundings to gain perspective and Montana is full of great perspective!

  2. Susan Says:

    mmmmmmmm, it was delicious!

  3. velma Says:

    we easterners can sometimes go a little nuts out west. i love being there, too. good medicine.

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