White Sulphur Springs, MT
Yesterday we decided to explore our little backyard a bit.
We were told that there is a great little ride to take on
route 89 north to Memorial Falls, so that's where we started.
There were some beautiful views on the way north of the Little Belt mountains..
The road winds up and down, and over the summit of King's Hill Pass.
All of this is part of the Lewis & Clark National Forest.
The highway follows Belt Creek, which we were
happy to see actually has water in it :-)
We eventually found ourselves at our destination for today,
Even at the trailhead parking lot,
the creek is beautiful, as are the rock formations.
Even though my sciatica is still bothering me a bit,
we decided to give this short hike a try.
It's only 1/2 mile to the falls.
The trail is narrow and rocky, but only slightly uphill.
The creek is right beside the trail,
so there can be some opportunity for wildlife.
We saw none this time :-)
It wasn't long, and we were at the lower falls.
There is an upper fall, but from there the trail gets steep,
and with the altitude (over 7300 feet) and my sciatica,
we didn't finish the hike to the very top.
We're still not quite acclimated to the thin air here :-)
On our way back into town, we stopped at a few pullouts..
this being the Showdown Ski Area.
We eventually ended up back in White Sulphur,
and George (of course) found a car wash there..
I stayed inside :-)
We're finding that for a small town,
there are some great restaurants in town.
George and I got a bite to eat at
the Branding Iron Cafe.
I had the best Patty Melt I think I've ever had.
People eat hearty meals here!
We also checked out the local grocery store, Mathis Food Farm.
You can see how small it is :-)
It has enough goods to keep us happy
until we make it to a Walmart in Bozeman which is 80 miles away!
We also checked out a local Spa Hotel & Hot Springs.
For $6.00 (senior rate!) you can soak in the Mineral springs.
They have indoor and outdoor pools..
The sulphur smell is overpowering,
but it's supposed to be very healing and soothing.
We'll see :-)
Today we're relaxing, we have the windows open even.
It's another beautiful day in central Montana!