Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Looking Up!

A short drive south of Missoula is the town of Stevensville, the oldest settlement in Montana, established about 1841. St. Mary's Mission was founded by Father Ravalli, a name we see a lot in this part of the country. The day was cold and windy so we'll save a more lengthy visit for later in the season.

On another drive west of town we passed the Smoke Jumpers Center, the largest training center for smoke jumpers in the US. We were rewarded with quite a sight—this plane circled 'round and 'round and on each pass two men would jump out, their parachutes unfurling above them. That was exciting to watch! We couldn't see where they were landing.

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