We traveled to Missoula, Mont., to take my niece to orientation at my alma mater, the University of Montana. It was a short trip but we took time to revisit some of our favorite spots that provide a quick fix just outside the Garden City.
Missoula is located in a glacial valley featuring five mountain ranges and the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers. Pattee Canyon is a quick and dirty getaway, less than 10 minutes outside the city. This early in the summer, it was still lush and green.
The Kim Williams Nature area includes an easy trail that draws hikers and cyclists to its winding path wedged between the Clark Fork and Mount Sentinel. The trail is easily accessible from campus and was a favorite jaunt of ours. We brought the little guy to enjoy the surroundings. I had almost forgotten how much I love this area, and marvel at the simple beauty of its landscape.