Sleeping with the grapes…

LOCATION:  Missoula, Montana
CAMPGROUND:  Ten Spoons Winery – a Harvest Host site.  5 stars out of 5!
WEATHER:  Very hazy/smokey.  High 85

We hung out at Big Sky Brewery parking lot and walked to a nearby gas station/market/casino for a breakfast sandwich.  Since we didn’t have far to go, we took it slow and easy.

Since we had time to kill, what the heck…..let’s go find another brewery!  We drove 10 miles south of Missoula to Lolo and had lunch at the Lolo Peak Brewery.

We sat outside and enjoyed the beer and Bhan Mi taco platter.  Yummy and not too heavy. The brewery’s motto is a good one…..Mountains. Rivers. Beer.

We returned to the outskirts of Missoula, this time on the eastern side of the city, to our Harvest Host stay for the night.  It is a small vineyard – 8 acres with a lovely tasting room/winery.  The hosts (and their dogs) couldn’t be more hospitable.  They welcomed us and we got settled in – nestled among the grapevines and prairie grass.

They only do tastings on the weekend, but were happy to sell us some wine.  We bought a dry red and a dry Flathead cherry wine to try.  We sat around their entertainment venue, where they usually have music and games, and enjoyed the day.

The owner came by to make sure we were ok, and to work on some of his vines.

We took a bottle of wine into the vineyards for a tasty happy hour – wine and parmesan crisps.  It is not nearly as hot today, and was very, very pleasant.

DINNER:  Smoked salmon BLT.  I had seen this on a menu and thought I would give it a try.  We had luscious heirloom tomatoes from the farmers’ market to use.  Side was some of the oyster mushrooms from the farmers’ market, sauteed with green onions, and the rest of the snow peas.  Nice! 

BOOK: “Hokkaido Highway Blues…Hitchhiking Japan” by Will Ferguson. A true account of a Canadian living in Japan who hitchhiked his way from the southern-most to the northern-most islands of Japan, following the cherry blossoms as they came into bloom.  As someone who also lived in Japan (and also hitchhiked), I absolutely loved it.  5 stars out of 5.  He nails describing the culture and the interaction with gaijins (foreigners). 

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