Sunday, July 5, 2009

Day 11: Ennis, MT to Missoula, MT

We had plans to watch the 4th of July parade in Ennis this morning, but we couldn't manage to get ready in time for the 10 am parade. I think the previous day's driving was too much for all of us and we needed to rest a bit. The kids had fun visiting with Pat, their great-grandmother, who they were meeting face to face for the first time. After a late breakfast, we walked into downtown Ennis and caught the tail end of the parade. There were still many people milling around and the atmosphere was truly festive. Lots of red, white, and blue everywhere and many adult beverages were being consumed before noon time. Ron enjoyed reminiscing about the changes in the downtown area since he was a kid and briefly lived in Ennis. We eventually made our way to the town park where the kids played for a little while and then we headed back to Pat and Bev's (Ron's aunt).

We visited with Pat and Bev as we ate lunch and then decided to visit the cemetery to pay our respects at a few family graves. Ron's grandparents and stepfather, Roger (Pat's son), are buried there so we took some pictures for his mom. Then, we got back in the car for the 3 hour drive to Missoula to visit our friends Rob and Chelle and their newborn daughter, Addie.

We opted for the direct route to Missoula, so our drive was pretty uneventful. It didn't even rain that much! We arrived around dinner time and ordered some pizzas. The kids were pretty happy with a short drive and they loved seeing baby Addie. After visiting for a few hours, Rob escorted us to his friend's backyard where we planned to camp for the night. We were all so exhausted that we all feel asleep easily in spite of the fireworks people were still setting off.

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