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Jul 31, 2016 - A hike and some music

No one did much this morning before 10. Guess we all needed to slow down. When we did get motivated, we went to Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge hoping to see some wildlife. It is not the time of year to see migratory birds so about all we saw were ducks and geese and no other forms of wildlife were visible. Most of us did take a fairly short trail to a waterfall called Majestic Falls. Some of the trail was steep and curvy. We couldn't get very close to the falls but the view was awesome. After resting most of the afternoon, we gathered...

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Jul 30, 2016 - Scenic drive to Bonners Ferry

The drive today from Hungry Horse, MT to Bonners Ferry, ID was a fairly short one. We left Hungry Horse about 10:30 and arrived at Bonners Ferry about 1:30. Of course we did pass into a new time zone, the Pacific time zone, so we gained an hour. We drove on highway 2 which was a very scenic one past turquoise colored lakes, by streams of the same color, and through canyons. We are staying at Carriage House Inn and RV park for two nights. The RV park is a small one but comfortable and quiet except for a fairly frequent train passing by. Just...

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Oct 5, 2015 - Why this trip and Why now

I decided to take this trip now because my doctor has informed me I need two knee replacements and I would like one last adventure before I have my surgeries. It has taken a few years to come to this conclusion, however once I made the decision it did not take long to figure out where and when to go. I decided on the South Pacific as it will be summer in New Zealand and perfect weather for camping. Samoa is tropical and has two seasons, a dry one and a wet one. Unfortunately it will be in the wet one when I am there, but the rain will feel...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Bonners Ferry, ID

August 17 to Aug 29 The day we drove from Watson Lake to Fort Nelson we saw a plethora of wild animals in the road and along the road. One moose looked both ways before walking leisurely across the highway in front of us! We drove past a herd of buffalo (19!), many Moms with calves! Four Stone Mountain sheep were hanging around a road construction site unperturbed by the machinery or workmen. Why did 3 caribou cross the road that day? They wouldn’t say! Prince George was the gateway to better roads (less gravel and pot holes) and...

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Alaska Trip 2015

Aug 17, 2012 - Day 115, Back to the USA

Day 115, Friday, August 17, 2012 We went into town and had breakfast at a little café. We now have $20 in Canadian money left plus some change. So that worked out about right. Our RV Park has a lot of wood carving scattered around. Every tree stump is carved into turtles, birds, fish, raccoons, bears, something. I asked someone who does them and he said some guy has an arrangement for free camping if he carves in return. Good deal. Then we squeezed our way out of the RV Park with just the trailer on and me following in the car until we...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Time to catch up

Awoke Thursday morning to a rainbow. Delayed leaving camp because Mary "Caterpillar Caregiver" had brought 5 caterpillars with her and one was almost ready to chrysalis. Fascinating to watch. Crossed into Montana and into a rainstorm. Eastern Montana is a big farming area. Stopped on Poplar to visit a Lakota/Nakota Native American Museum. It was closed. After Wolf Point the terrain began to change. Big rolling hills and more ranching than farming. Saw antelope in the fields. Stopped in Shelby, MT for the night. Early stop so we could eat in...

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Oct 19, 2011 - Bonners Ferry

Stretching out the riding season I head out for a round of 18 holes which is a code word for a long ride. 9:30am, about 40 degrees so I have the cold weather gear on which means the plug in kind. I'm sure at any high speed today it will be in the 30's with the wind chill. A northern destination so it will be a start from my usual jump-off-site, the Starbucks in Sandpoint, Idaho. As I pull into town my heated gear stops working. Hmmm. First thought is a fuse. I park at the Starbucks and get the warm coffee and then I begin the action of "Zen...

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Wakefield Trips

Jul 17, 2011 - NORTH IDAHO

We drove from Chimacum to Moses Lake, Wa. where we stayed the night. Took off next morning and drove to Naples, Id to Blue Lake RV Park, which is a few miles south of Bonners Ferry. A nice small park, $189 for a week.. We took a half day trip into Canada in our CRV. It was a 20 minute hassle getting into Canada and just 5 min back into US! For me, if some said Idaho I would think of potatoes and level country side. Northern Idaho was somewhat of a surprise in that it has a lot of mountains, some of which are still snow capped in what then...

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News From the Road

Jul 1, 2011 - Conquering A Fear

Before leaving Kalispell, I had breakfast at Vivian's Fifth Street Cafe - an adorable little place that serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. I love finding local places where the food is so much better than a chain restaurant. Vivian chatted me up for a few minutes before it was time for me to hit the road. Tom and I did this drive in 2008 in the motorhome . Before we saw the sign for Kootenai Falls and Suspension Bridge we were passed the parking area and it's near impossible to turn around in an RV - so we kept going . I didn't...

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Aug 14, 2010 - Spokane gardens and more

We’ve driven through Spokane a couple of times in the past 10 years but never had the time – or a reason – to stop, so we decided to take advantage of the fact that we were close to have a longer visit. We left Bonners Ferry, continuing along US-2, and set off through the Kootenai River valley – more farmlands ripe for harvest, being harvested, just harvested or cleared for the next planting. The river – and a couple of large lakes -- also provide lots of recreational opportunities, as evidenced by the small towns along the way. Every town...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Idaho couch potatoes

After taking leave of our friends in Polson, we drove north to Kalispell, where we turned west onto US-2, which would take us through the heavily-forested areas of western Montana and into Idaho. Our objective was Bonners Ferry, Idaho. I’m not exactly sure that we had a reason for heading there, but we wanted to stay off the interstate and were (sort of) following Jamie Jensen’s “Road Trip USA”. US highway 2 is known as the “Hi-Line”, at least in Montana, or as the “Great Northern”, in honor of the railroad line that used to run through the...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Our drive from Montana to Washington

I usually reserve this journal for the things we experience in National Parks. However today we were driving from Kalispee, Montana through Idaho to Ellensgurg, Washington and found several landscapes that we were smitten with and photographed them. I share a couple of them here without noting where they were (other than that they were in Idaho).

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Retirement Tour 2009

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