Though Montana was not our destination...it was one of the pleasures along the route. Our path took us through western Montana...
...where we veered off the main highway and took the scenic route between Missoula and Butte. And scenic it was!
As I mentioned earlier...this 'road less traveled' took us through the old silver town, Philipsburg...where we spent a wonderful day. It is an historic old town...with original buildings and friendly people. We had lunch at Doe Brothers Soda Fountain...and decided to try the P-burg special appetizer...
...deep fried pickles with dip. So naturally...I took a photo...and the owner saw me and came over to chat...and wondered if I could take photos of the rest of our meal as well...and e-mail them to her later. She thought they might come in handy on the website...or the menu.
And since Ruth really wanted a photo of their famous huckleberry sundae with hot chocolate sauce...she whipped up a complimentary one and had it sent to our table. If you ever pass by Philipsburg...go have a huckleberry sundae...and tell Ruth I sent you. (You might want to try the pickles as well!)
We were told that we must stop by the candy shop while we were in town......and stop in we did.
This candy shop is every child's dream! The Sweet Palace has been a fixture in Philipsburg since 1934. They have a large viewing area...where one can see 'what's cooking'. The aroma of freshly made candy made it hard to leave.
We checked out many of the historical buildings...and then headed to the hills.
We heard there were sapphires out there for the taking...and so we decided to try our hand at mining. When all was said and done...I had a small handful of sapphires...mostly teeny...but two decent sized ones that are worth doing something with. It was a fun experience...but if you go...don't wear a white top.
And so ended our short stay in Montana. We followed the rig below out of the state...