Putters Travels 2007 travel blog

View of valley from rear of RV at Hiawatha RV campground

Hiawatha RV campground. View looking out front of RV

Campground office and several empty sites in the open area. Other sites...

A level spot with good electrical supply and beautiful surroundings

Franks's slide in the Crowsnest Pass area. Note all the rubble in...

Rock debris from the slide. Slide destroyed town of Frank and killed...

View from visitors center of all the debris from slide

Lee Lake near Hiawatha RV campground

Annie and the customary water temp check

On the road for the USA. Driving through the Crowsnest

Crowsnest Pass

Crowsnest Lake. Very windy as noted by some whitecaps

Water everywhere. This is a marsh area in the Crowsnest

OK, don't know what we were looking at but it was a...

On bridge crossing Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, ID

Lake Pend Orellie Sounds like ponderay

The Crowsnest Pass has several events throughout the year to enjoy. The Rum Runner Days featuring the well-known Thunder in the Valley spectacular fireworks display (3rd weekend in July each year). The Crowsnest Pass celebrates its roots with this exciting event. Due to it's popularity, we were desperate to locate a place to stay in the area. A limited number of campgrounds were available that accomodated our size RV. Several days of calling around led us to the Hiawatha Campground which happened to have a vacancy. A Peaceful and quiet park with cool breezes and great views of the valley.

We visited the Franks's Slide interpretive center just a few miles away from camp. In the early morning hours of April 29, 1903, Turtle Mountain collapsed, resulting in the greatest landslide in North American history. In 100 seconds: at least 76 people were buried alive under tons of massive limestone boulders; three-quarters of the homes in Frank were crushed like balsa wood; over a mile of the Canadian Pacific Railroad was completely destroyed; and a river became a lake.

Several days later we headed for the states via the Crowsnest Pass on HW 3 which takes us down to the border with Idaho and the Kingsgate crossing.. Spent a couple of nights in Post Falls, ID to rest up. Then on to Clarkston, Wa for a jet boat ride on the Snake River.

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