Last year when I went to the east side of Glacier National Park is when I injured my back, so really saw very little. This year I thought I’d try the west side and hope for some fall color, but the fires are so bad there now that all the facilities at McDonald lake have been closed for the season, most of the west side of Going To The Sun Road is closed, and parts of the town of West Glacier is on alert for evacuation. As bad as the smoke is here, apparently there it’s worse. Not only is there no point in going, it would be dangerous.
This is across the street from Diamond S RV Park in Ronan. The mountains are still there but the smoke is so thick you can’t see them.
Looking down the road.
This isn’t daytime! The sun is trying to shine!
Hopefully I’ll get back to Glacier another time. About 25 years ago I did get to see it in late spring and it was wonderful….one of my favorite places.
So I’ve rearranged my plans and tomorrow we will be heading for St Regis, Montana. There will still be smoke, but hopefully not this bad. Before we leave Ronan, I have an appointment for WS at Les Schwab, to have the wheel bearings serviced. I think it means I’ll get new ones, and have them greased. Casita recommends this for every 12,000 miles, and it’s actually been about 15,000 since WS’s were last done at Little House Customs, AZ.
The Casita Rally has been nice, but I’ll tell you what…I’m on socialization overload!
I’ve met some really nice people and this is so not about them…it’s me. I do better with very small gatherings….2 or 3 or 4 is pretty ok. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to have been here and met everyone, but I will also be glad to be the off on my own for awhile.
I was invited to go to the Ninepipes Museum with Carolyn and Imogene the other day, so Joy and Shiloh stayed in the AC while I took off for a couple of hours. I thought it was great when I was at the museum last year, but this time it was even better because they now give you a headset and remote control thingie, and you can listen to stories about the displays, narrated by the man who collected all the items in the museum, Bud Cheff, Jr.
The museum was named in honor of Chief Joseph Ninepipes, of the Bitterroot Salish.
This is the museum. I used a picture of it from the internet.
I’ve wondered for awhile now….why is this called the Flathead Indian Reservation? Who are the Flatheads?? This reservation is home to the Bitterroot Salish Tribe, the Kootenai (pronounced KOOT nee) Tribe, and the Pend d’Oreilles (pronounced PAWN-doh-RAY, believe it or not) Tribe.
So I remembered to ask one of the women at the museum.
It seems that when Lewis and Clark were here, and they encountered the natives that lived here, the sign that the Indians used for ‘hello’ was described in their notes as ‘ touching the fingers to the flat of the head’. (They were meaning the forehead). Because of this written description, these three tribes, the lake, the river and the reservation were all called ‘Flathead’, yet there is really no tribe by that name. She showed me the sign they used and it reminded me of a salute but different.
From the museum. The shirt hanging on the wall was used in the movie ‘Dances With Wolves’. Not made for it, but used in it.
This picture of Lucy Moses reminds me of ‘Grandma’ in the movie ‘Thunderheart’.
Peter and Mary Ronan, whom this town was named after. Peter was an Indian Agent, and one of the rare good ones, apparently. The Natives loved Mary’s long red hair. There is a small lake nearby, named after her.
Lots of beadwork in the museum.
Back at the RV Park….Hollyhocks and Casita.
Joy and Shiloh have had fun at the rally, greeting lots of new people and a few dogs too!