We wanted to spend a few days in Missoula, MT but other than Walmart and Cabela’s for an overnight there aren’t many choices for places to stay. Our friend Maureen recommended the Square Dance Center & Campground in Lolo, about 12 miles south of Missoula. Not being fans of square dancing it sounded a bit odd, but we decided to take a chance and spend a week here. A big cold front with rain is moving this way, dropping temps to highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s over the next couple days, so we thought it would be nice to be plugged in. Plus we just wanted to stay in one place for more than a few days.
A very pleasant RV park with grassy sites well spaced and not just lined up side by side like most RV parks.
Our sites have water and electric but no sewer, but there is a nice dump station that we used on the way in. We paid a very reasonable $154 with tax for the week. The restroom building with showers is old but clean, with plenty of hot water and good water pressure. They also have a few free washing machines but no dryers. And a big hall for square and round dancing, if that’s your thing. (Marial, you would love it!)
Yesterday Jim and I took a little scenic drive and a hike on the North Fork Howard Creek Trail in the Lolo National Forest. I just had to research the unusual name Lolo. The park office lends books about the area and I found this:
“Lawrence “Lolo” Rence was an early 19th century fur trapper who lived in a cabin on Grave Creek, a tributary of Lolo Creek. Lolo shot and wounded a grizzly bear, who charged and mauled him. Lolo died a short time later in his cabin and was buried on a grassy bench above Grave Creek. His grave was recently rediscovered and a large white cross marks the location. Since his death, a Montana town, a historic trail, a hot springs, a 5,235-foot pass, and a national forest have all been named after him.”
The trail was remote and overgrown but we hiked over four miles. It seemed like a good place to see moose or bear, being right along the creek, but no luck. Some of the leaves are already beginning to change color at 4,500’.
While we have power this week I plan to borrow Debbie’s sewing machine to make some new privacy curtains, and of course we plan to check out some of the breweries in Missoula, along with more hiking.