If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities … Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.
– Lyndon B. Johnson
Last year I had the good fortune to visit both Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Two of these trips were prompted by visits from my friend, Lill, who has both a national parks pass and a desire to see all 50 states. She is also an intrepid traveler who is not put off by things like the cold months in Montana and Wyoming.
One of the most wonderful things about Montana is its natural beauty and its wide open spaces. People choose to live here so that they don’t have to deal with other people. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard someone say, in this town of less than 70,000 humans, that they feel Missoula is getting too big and that they’re thinking of moving further out into the country. We are blessed to have a combination of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers, and hot springs and it’s not that hard to get to any of them. I may do a series of posts about other outdoor adventures in Montana, but the next three will focus on my three trips to the nearby National Parks.