Continuing north from Bannack, I went through Jackson and Wisdom and then west to Big Hole National Battlefield / Nez Perce National Historic Park. The Battle of the Big Hole was a tragic turning point of the Nez Perce War of 1877. The Nez Perce were camped in the Big Hole Valley as they were trying to get ahead of U.S. troops. They were attacked during the early morning before dawn. Many were killed in their tents as they slept. Such a senseless act! I left there feeling sad about how so many treaties have been broken. The basis of it is greed.
The drive from Big Hole to Lolo (about 12 miles south of Missoula) was very beautiful. The mountain and forest scenery was spectacular. My home for the night was at Square Round Dance Center west of Lolo. The RV park is set among tall pine trees. Because it is a dance center, they have a large space for the dances, as well as other activities. When I arrived, there were some people sitting outside the activities building making Christmas trees out of pine cones. One completed tree was about four feet tall.