Monday, May 09, 2011

A lovely Mother's Day weekend

Young Mom celebrates Mother's Day on Mount Jumbo with her daughter
Katie enjoys fountain at Blossom Bed and Breakfast in Missoula
Katie at "L" on Mount Jumbo in Missoula

We went to Missoula during the weekend to combine Mother's Day with an appearance of PBS's "Red Green" at the University of Montana.
We stayed at Blossom's Bed and Breakfast on Poplar Street near the Mount Jumbo trailhead.
On Saturday I climbed up Mount Sentinel to the top, a trek of almost 2,000 feet, before the Red Green show. On Sunday, Katie and I climbed Mount Jumbo, another 1,500 feet or so before returning to Great Falls via Helena.
Blossom's was quite the treat, an old restored house beautifully redecorated.  The breakfast on Sunday was the best Bed and Breakfast meal we've ever eaten and the company was delightful.  There was homemade granola with a honey-yogurt, and a tofu patty served with a Hollandaise sauce and fresh asparagus. We had our choice of a strawberry or orange juice served with champagne and great coffee.  Fellow guests included an engineer and his wife from Whitefish and a Bed and Breakfast operator from Eureka.
Both days of the weekend threatened rain, but stayed dry in Missoula, making the two days of climbing uphill a delight.
The flowers on Jumbo were particularly plentiful. There must have been a couple of dozen varieties. The shooting stars, larkspur and bluebells were outstanding.
Red Green was hilarious.  He played before an appreciative full house that included many people sporting suspenders, fishing vests and duct tape just like Red.
We traveled back to Great Falls via Helena for a change of pace, stopping in the Capital City at the Myrna Loy Theatre to watch, "Conspirator," a great film about the Lincoln assassination conspiracy where a woman is hung.
As we approached Great Falls the weather moved in, weather that promised a foot of snow in the mountains.

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