|Behind Town House Inn|
Mike ushered us to a parking pot in the flooded lot and told us where to find bulletins and hymnals. Inside, we met Kris and Suzanne. Afterwards we talked to Beth and Taylor and his hisser Faith who sang wonderfully. She was a recent graduate of NSA and had mentored with the music professor there. Then we met John Walkup and his son, Chase, who are ex-Missouri organic soybean farmers. They now own and operate Mission Mountain Eggs with around 7,000 birds and will be doubling their operation over the next few weeks. Chase played piano quite well for the service. We talked farming, Missouri, organic, Montana land, etc. Don Running introduced himself and we spent quite a while talking with him and Mike. Mike was quite jovial, especially for a NSA philosophy graduate and we enjoyed some good teasing to which Don contributed heavily. Don tentatively invited us to lunch and then whole-heartedly after he talked with “his Elizabeth” who introduced us to their daughter, Ruth, who appeared to be around 10 years old.
|Killing time in the gas station parking lot ...|
We drove back to Missoula and sat in a ahas station parking lot to decide where to go next. Jeremiah wanted to go south. When asked, I expressed interest in visiting the Walkup’s farm since he had invited us quite genuinely and I was interested in seeing their operation. I did not pretend to know if that would be a good move for the interests of our trip. Jeremiah was asking questions of priority in the trip and not really getting answers. He was concerned that going to the Mission Valley or Big Hole might preclude us from other areas we would rather see since time and weather will be beginning to be issues. Joshua was half asleep and grunted a non-opinion.