Saturday, May 23, 2009

Day 3: Montana

We traveled from Laurel, Montana to Missoula, Montana today. It was about 300ish miles, so it wasn't as grueling as yesterday or the day before and the scenery was breathtaking!

Here's one of the first views of real mountains (ignore the spots, this was through the window):

We passed many, many beautiful cliffs, mountain ranges, rivers, and combinations of all of the above. While we didn't get good pictures of it all we managed to get away with some:

And the highlight of our trip was Bozeman, Montana! We stopped there because we looked up co-ops on the NCGA website and Bozeman had the only one between Washington and Minnesota. At the very moment we pulled into Bozeman I felt a good vibe. It was easy to find the co-op--just down main street--and it shown like a beacon to us.

We got lots of great pictures of the co-op and I'm sure the people shopping there were wondering what the heck I was doing. If they would have asked I would have just said "Oh, I'm geeking out about how beautiful this co-op is. I used to work at a co-op. I love co-ops. I would live in a co-op if they had organic beds in the break room." Or something along those lines. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself:And this was the view from the upper level seating area:

Alex and I decided to get some lunch from the deli and sit up here and enjoy the view while we ate the delicious food. Alex had a chopped salad with an assortment of vegetables, chickpeas, feta, and some delicious dressing and I had Vietnamese rice noodles with tofu and half of a tofu and peanut sauce wrap. It blew me out of the water--of course I was hungry and that is the best seasoning but you could tell they knew their food.

I also had a delicious coffee smoothie beverage which tasted like something I used to make in the juice bar at Mississippi Market. I'll try to post more pictures of the co-op (and the rest of Montana) on my Facebook page some time in the next week, if you want to check it out.

We were so in love with the co-op and the people, who were so warm and welcoming towards us, that we were super reluctant to leave. We haven't been surrounded by people like that since we left St. Paul. It's hard to describe what quality it was that made us feel so loved and welcome in a place we've never been to before but I assume it the same reason it made it so hard for me to leave Mississippi Market.

I cried when I left MSM and I kinda got a little teary eyed when we had to leave Community Food Co-op. We'll be back there again.

So, that brings us to Missoula--where we stopped after discovering the camping area we were shooting for didn't really measure up to what we expected and, besides, it was completely full. One more night in a motel, which is nice since I get to update you lovely folks again, and then we are on to Washington. I hope that we at least find some decent camping there.

We're looking forward to another good night of sleep and an early start to day 4!

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