Sunday, July 24, 2011
Postcards From Big Sky Country
Yesterday was a day of perfection. My family was having a celebration for my Uncle and Aunt’s 50th anniversary. It was an hour to the north on Flathead Lake. Glenn and I got up early and drove to an extraordinary valley called Moiese, kind of bountiful farm belt the other side of the National Bison Range. Glenn mocks how there is a restaurant at the mouth of the entrance that serve buffalo the very thing they are trying to preserve. We have some very dear friends, another gay couple who have built a remarkable place in the farmland. One is an art historian, the other a counselor here in Missoula. It was a beautiful day and I we sat out in the warm sun and spent the afternoon catching up. This place is so amazing. It mostly consists of a very large barn with a simple living space attached and some smaller hut type building for a kitchen and bedroom. The view is fantastic on all sides looking out over the rugged snow capped Mission Mountain Range to the east. I did not want to leave.
We hit the drive home at the cusp of sunset driving across the Ninepipes reserve to be captivated by the setting sun casting its beautiful glow across the mountain range.
Today I am taking the day to go rafting with some other great friends to another extraordinary place called the Blackfoot River, just miles up stream. This is the place Norman McClain writes about in his book “A River Runs Through It”