We stopped here for a toilet break while on The Red Bus Tour.
It was very impressive inside. Lots of natural wood: pine , cedar and all others that emit that lovely home country smell.
The moose head above the fireplace added to that country touch. As we stayed longer and looked around, I was just taken aback. It was literally an overkill of stuffed animal heads.
I’ve always known that Montana and other states in the US are big in hunting wildlife. It’s in their history and culture. It’s part of their life. Whenever I travel, I try to respect the culture of every place. Even if I don’t personally accept it.
I’m an animal lover, and seeing those heads/fur/stuffed bodies saddened me a lot. I have seen hunted heads before but not overwhelmingly bombarded like this. It is quite ironic that this lodge is housed in one of the most beautiful places on earth–where wildlife roam freely. And inside this lodge dozens of that (dead) wildlife eyes stare back at you.
In the US , you cannot hunt inside National Parks. You can only hunt on outside grounds. But animals don’t know that of course.
|The Bull Moose Saloon|
|this was on one of our gas stops driving from Montana to Wyoming|
|a tired teddy bear. from a cafe in Montana|