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Then we did some shopping in downtown including buying great local beer that we had day before in a restaurant. They had an art show with many great artists so we spent some time there as well and bought some nice local pottery and jewelry.
We really enjoyed Missoula and left it after 3pm.
Our drive to Challis was very scenic especially Montana part of the drive. When we crossed the Idaho border scenery slowly changed from green with a lot of meadows to more of a high desert. It was still beautiful but no longer as green as it was in Montana. Mountains became naked and changes color to grayish red. The only green parts were numerous pastures with gazillion of cows. One interesting thing that we learned in one of the visitor centers was that in winter time those cows get moved in trucks from higher elevations that have snow for almost 6 months to lower elevation with no snow.
Our hotel in Challis was very basic but with decent size clean room and no breakfast. But in general Challis IS NOT a place to visit; kind of an armpit of civilization; so far the low point of our trip. We should've stayed in Stanley which was not too far from Challis but much nicer.
We ate at the Village Inn – very cheap and tasty steaks, fresh salad but dirty floor and very strange waiter with bad rotten teeth and dirty polo short; overall he was pretty disgusting.
To be continued....