Our only full day for touring as we depart tomorrow for West Yellowstone.
Our first stop today was Travelers Rest Park on Hwy 12 8 miles from Missoula. The Lewis and Clark Expedition stopped here in 1805 on their way to the Pacific and on their return trip in 1806. In 1805 they camped here for 3 days. On the return they replenished supplies and split into two groups in order to explore more territory. Six weeks later they were reunited near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. The campsite was along the Lolo Creek and archeological finds have identified it as the area they camped.
|Native American Campsite|
We then went to Fort Missoula. Our previous visit was in 2010 enroute to Butte from Spokane, but for some reason I don't have any photos or wrote about the stop. Today we did a quick tour of the grounds. The fort was established in 1877 to bring protection for the settlers from the Nez Perce tribes. It was later home to the Black Infantry Regiments in the 1880's and 1890's. It served both WWI and WWII. during WWII it served as Alien Detention Center for Italian and Japanese-American citizens. Today it is home to the Lolo National forest, BLM, National Guard. It is designated a National Historic site.
|Detention Center Monument|
Our final stop of the day was Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, MT, 20 miles north of Missoula on Hwy 93 off White Coyote RD. There are no signs and our good friends, Loretta and Rocky from Helena told us about it. This is a spiritual site. It is meant to represent the 1000 Buddhas that will be born in our religious lifetime. It's purpose is to cultivate inner peace and to awaken joy wisdom and compassion. ewambuddhagarden.org
|Yum Chenmo-Great Mother of Transcendent Wisdom|