Hey man - I lived in Missoula for a couple years during college, way back in the early 2000's. What a great place to spend some time. I miss it! I thought Missoula was great, because it helped me see that people are people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual preference, etc. My time there helped me learn to connect with people on a personal level, looking past all of the surface stuff. Then, add in all of the recreational opportunities like hiking, biking, canoeing, snowboarding, fishing, and whatever else, and you have a great place. I learned to tie-dye in Missoula (big surprise, eh?) and made a business of it for a while, marketing my tapestries down at the Staggering Ox by malfunction junction.
Good times all around. I head out to Montana once every year or two, and I might just have to crash your party next time.
Welcome to the forum! Thanks for bringing back the memories.