Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Don't Blink Or You Might Miss It

Hey we're in Idaho

Hey we're in Washington.

There wasn't a sign in Washington to take our pic by. So no triumphant pose. OH well.

We spent all of a day and two nights it Idaho. We followed the Pend Orielle River (pronounced Ponderay) into Washington and it was incredibly scenic. They get more rain in this area so the woods were green with ferns and more lush pine trees. We camped in a couple's yard in Priest River. That night, we had a bear sniffing around our tent. Ira will tell about in his post so I won't go into detail. I didn't actually experience it because I had my ear plugs in (which I use to protect myself against Ira's snorring) and was oblivious. I can see why a bear would want to hang out here though.

We followed the Pend Orielle for about 60 miles and veered off yesturday. We climbed a 1000 ft ridge which brought us back into a more arid climate. We are taking the day off in Kettle Falls today to swim and relax in the Columbia River and tomorrow we will climb Sherman's Pass, so hopefully we will enter a greener climate again.

We have four more mountain passes to climb here in Washington. Although they are not as high in altitude as previous ones, they are steep. Shermans will be 4000 ft in 25 miles.

The temperature has been really warm the past couple of days. Its been in the mid 90s every day. In northern Washington in September??? Duh Duh Duh. Must be the evil Global Warming again. Hopefully it will cool down soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is awesome you have this picture in here! Troy is a great town if you know what to do and who to do it with. Looks like you had a great trip.