"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Change of Scenery

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We headed west from Kalispell on Hwy 2, driving toward the Idaho border.  A really pretty drive through a large valley all the way to Libby, MT.  From there it was just a few miles to a rest stop and county park on the Kootenai River.  From the parking lot you can take a short hike to the Kootenai Falls and a swinging bridge over the Kootenai River.

We decided that as it was a short hike, we would take Sally with us.  Before you get to either site, you have to cross a footbridge over the railroad tracks.

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On the other side of the bridge were three flights of stairs approximately 20 steps long manufactured out of steel grid with rough edges for traction.  Sally wasn’t about to go down it, and even if she would have, it would have ruined her feet.  You know what that meant.  I carried her down, and then back up on the return trip.

The falls were something to see.  They weren’t that tall, but the power of the water was incredible.

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Just downstream from the falls was a swinging bridge across the river.

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The original was built by the Forest Service for access to fires, but was destroyed by a flood in 1948.  It was rebuilt and is now used for access to hiking trails and such.

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Looking upstream from the bridge.

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From there we took the next left that carried us through the Bull River Valley down to Hwy 200.  We headed back East at that point, following the Clark Fork River upstream.  A beautiful drive that brought us to Thompson Falls, MT about 3 PM.  As there was a Montana state park there, we decided to give it a try.  Pulled it up on the internet and it showed $7.00 per nite for a dry campsite.  Not bad, so we pulled in.  What a surprise!  the $7.00 was for Montana residents, nonresidents had to pay $23.00 for the same no frill site.  I don’t think so.  $23.00 for a dry campsite versus $28.00 right across the road at a nice RV park with full hookups.  Guess where we stayed. 
It was a really nice RV park and we had a private site with access to the river.

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Old iron bridge on road to RV park.

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Fisherman in river.
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Our little spot of Heaven for the afternoon.

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This afternoon finds us in a different environment.  We are in North Fork, Idaho on the North Fork of the Salmon River.  Hot and dry.  We have a site right on the river, but it’s not a nice as last evening.

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Just might take a float trip, tomorrow……..jc


  1. I remember the Kootenai River! It's been quite a few years, but I remember it being beautiful country. Your pictures are postcard perfect.

    I was on the Salmon River when I went west by myself with Jack. In fact, we were walking along the river in a very solitary area and he was running ahead while keeping an eye on me. Then he found a bone and came running to me--scared me to death--I thought for a moment it was a human bone. I told him to show me where he got it--fortunately, the other one had hooves on it. Whew. That's some beautiful country. I love Idaho. I never took my sweatshirt off the entire time I was out west--had perfect weather until I headed east past Nebraska. :(

    Love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  2. What a beautiful place to just sit back and enjoy! We are getting antsy to join in the fun again!! Can't wait!!

  3. Stunning photos! I can almost hear the thunder of the water. As always, thanks so much for sharing them with us. :)

  4. Wow, what fantastic photos. I bet Sally didn't care much for that swinging bridge either. Don't blame her.

  5. I've been out of pocket a few days....what a great place...the photo's are stunning and you Guys are are sure picking some Beatiful places to camp....have you got some secret camping book that the rest of can't get....haha, or maybe a private goggle map....thanks for sharing...Horst


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