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The Last Best Place - Day 1

Mama Ladas Still Rocks.

"Going to the mountains is going home." -John Muir

We set out early on a warm Saturday morning in late August. Because we had enjoyed it so much on the previous trip to Montana, we decided to fly the Seneca across the country rather than getting a commercial airline ticket. Because it takes approximately 10 hours to fly from east TN to Kalispell, MT, we chose to spread the flight out over two days again.

Sioux Falls, SD made a perfect stopping point for the night: it's approximately halfway as the crow flies, it has a nice airport very close to downtown, and there are plenty of things to do for a night without going very far. We had considered nearby Sioux City, but I decided we just couldn't land at an airport with an identifier like KSUX.

After miles of flat farmlands, acres of corn, and ribbons of blue sky, we landed in Sioux Falls.


We discovered Mama Lada's Enchilada Shop and Wine Bar on our last trip. We loved it so much we had to return for more of those fantastic enchiladas.


Mama Ladas has about 8 tables and even fewer menu items. You can get chicken enchiladas, beef enchiladas, nachos, chips and salsa, or a tostada. On weekends, she has specials like broccoli and cheese or shrimp and spinach enchiladas. There is also house made sangria and a nice wine list.

Not normally a fan of the standard enchilada, I find Mama Ladas enchiladas out of this world.


We did some afternoon shopping in Sioux Falls' quaint downtown district and caught the evening sunset at Falls Park.


In the morning, we would fly into Glacier Park International and the Montana adventure would really begin.

Posted by vicki_h 15:17 Archived in USA Tagged mountains camping montana glacier_national_park

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