I spotted this one this morning in Missoula, Montana. At the airport.
I’m here for a couple days for business with the Outdoor Writers Association of America, which has its office here.
I know airports are typically rated in terms of traits such as navigability, efficiency, services, cleanliness and whether or not they offer free Wi-Fi.
I think they also should be rated in terms of the number of stuffed animals on the walls. Were they, Missoula’s quaint little airport would be at the top of the heap. Many, many, many animals on the wall here. Definitely not PETA-friendly.
I’m hearing reports that the Bitteroot River is offering some good fishing, but no outdoors rec for me on this visit. I actually probably could have gotten some in yesterday as I got stranded in Salt Lake City. There is skiing just 30 minutes out of town and I probably could have put together a half-day trip if I had the gumption and a couple extra hundred bucks. I had neither so I ran from my motel through a fairly scary neighborhood near the airport to downtown where I took a break for a walk around the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compound, which is pretty amazing.
So though I’m not going to be getting outdoors here this time, I will be coming back. Elk hunting in September! Just applied for tags! Details to come!