Chief Looking Glass
The sun was playing peek-a-boo and the winds were calm so we wanted to get one last hike in. We chose Bass Creek Trail in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It's a moderate to strenuous hike a bit under 8 miles roundtrip with a lake at the end.
There was color everywhere. The trees, bushes, berries and mushrooms.
Hurley leading the way.
Color reflecting in puddles from the previous evenings rain.
A nice stream meanders along most of the trail.
Along the opposite side of the stream were the cliffs. Straight up and covered with yet more color.
Raindrops and dew still clung to the leaves.
More puddles and more colorful reflections.
There were deep mossy greens and bright red berries with raindrops hanging from them.
Some pretty bright orange growth/mushrooms(?) on the rocks.
We were dressed for a cold hike, but not a cold rainy hike so we turned around about the 1/2 point. We went back home and warmed up. The clouds never left the mountains and the next morning there was a new dusting of snow on the peaks. Down in the valley the skies were a bit friendlier.
Later in the afternoon we drove back into Missoula for one last visit. We were headed to Montgomery Distillery hoping for a tour of the distilling process. Well, the tour was not to be as they only do them on Fridays and today is Saturday. Heck, we were happy they were even open. Even on the weekends it seems many businesses close down early this time of year.
Draught Works Brewery for one more tasting and some FOOD! We hadn't eaten since our hike.
They had an older couple playing music in the corner and they were great!
As we drove by Imagine Nation Brewery, we had to stop in for one more brewery sampling. They had a couple of good IPAs and some popcorn (which I enjoyed with my water).
We had a nice lunch in front of their giant fireplace. So cozy.
Goodbye Montana until next year. The rest of October you'll find us weaving in and out of the borders of western Idaho and Eastern Oregon before arriving home for the holidays in November. We hope to enjoy more fall color and escape any serious snow.