1 Day in Missoula 

Garden City in the eye of the beholder

We’re fortunate, really, to live in Missoula. Like a magnet, the Garden City has inspired us to converge from all corners of the country and many parts of the world. And although we’ve come from all over, we do have one commonality: a desire to live in the tremendous Northern Rockies enclave of Missoula.

Sure, we have a suffocating winter inversion, more than our fair share of big dog waste, and a traffic conundrum bigger than many cities our size. But still, we’ve chosen the Missoula Valley to live, work and play, for a multitude of inspired reasons.

Like our top-notch playgrounds such as Dragon’s Hollow and the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Like the prime fishing holes in downtown and our diverse and quality public school system. Like our community sports, an active senior citizen’s center and plenty of bakeries and coffee shops where we can eat a savory new pastry every weekend of the year and sample fair-trade, shade-grown organic coffee from the far corners of the globe.

For 24 hours on Thursday, May 9, more than 20 photographers fanned out across Missoula to capture a slice of this city’s life on film, shooting more than 600 frames. What follows are some of the many images they captured. The Tooth is Out There:
Zachary Fost looks down from a lookout atop Dragon’s Hollow. Fost was part of a youth group touring “some of the fun places in Missoula.”
photo by Brett Bardsley

Vitamin C’d:
Susanna Sonnenberg cleans up her 18-month-old Otis Peterson after he single-handedly munched no less than three grapefruits.
photo by Lucy Capehart

Double Trouble:
Sentinel senior Ryan Rubie returns a shot during a doubles match in the divisional championships held at Playfair Park. Sentinel lost the match in five sets, allowing the Hellgate doubles team to advance to the state playoffs.
photo by Lucy Capehart

Down Pat:
St. Patrick Hospital employees rush a trauma victim through the emergency room. The patient was a local high school student, extracted only minutes earlier from an automobile rollover.
photo by Kathleen Allen

It’s all in the hands...
Games of bridge are a staple at the Missoula Senior Citizen’s Center on South Higgins Avenue, where locals like Betty Ann McElwain have been playing bridge for “about 60 years.”
photo by Melissa HigginsTying One On:
At the Kingfisher Fly Shop on Broadway, employee Russell Parks reaches for a size 12 Rubber Legs Hare’s Ear fly. With water at pre-runoff levels, local fishing has been excellent in recent days.
photo by Jay Ericson

Beering with it:
Bartender Dave McCarthy puts away freshly washed glasses during another night of well-amped music at The Old Post.
photo by Chad Harder

Kickin’ It:
Between classes, Hellgate High School students get their daily hacky sack fix in the hallway.
photo by Lynsey Bourie

Morning Strides:
A Missoula runner heads down Greenough Drive en route to downtown.
photo by Chad Harder

Disc Breaks:
The second annual Spring Ultimate League ends its regular season play with a convoluted pileup of Bob Giordano (also in inset) on fellow Paddlefish teammate Chris Russell.
photo by Chad HarderCasting Director:
Kent Hern helps his 5-year-old son Kade cast for sunfish on Jenny Lind Island in McCormick Park. “We’ve had a whole bunch of bites, but he hasn’t pulled one in yet,” says Hern.
photo by Chad Harder

Coffee Slinger:
Late-night coffee slinger Ryan Jensen finishes up his closing duties at The Break Espresso.
photo by Chad Harder

Friends in High Places:
Chris Drowatzky gets the lead out during an evening big-air session at the Bitterroot Gymnastics open gym time.
photo by Colin Ruggiero

head Towards the light
Moving fast through the Orange Street bike/pedestrian tunnel.
photo by Matt Hayward

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