my, lots to get caught up on.
Before we left Jellystone RV park in Missoula
we went to the Missoula MT farmers markets (there are two of them) a little
chilly, then when to a Chinese buffet. Came back to RV park and watched
the Iowa, Iowa State game on ESPN. That was a fun day to be sure... since
we are orig from IA.
Yes we did find tomatoes at the market.
$2.50 a lb. but when you want a BLT hell with the cost.
Like they say if you have to ask... you
can't afford it.
After Missoula it was south and on across
the famous US 12 and the Lochsa
River byway on the way to Lewiston.
We have camped and fished this river in
the past so knew we would love this route to points west.
Ya this drive is well worth it and I like
it so I don't have to go north out of Missoula on I-90 going up to Coeur
To me it is nicer going over Lolo Pass
than north up to Coeur d'Alene. But US12 is a very winding highway
for about 200 miles. But if you are not in a hurry go for it. Just loodk
at the pics below.
As we got closser to Orfino it became smoky
so much so it blocked out much of the sun. We later found out it was because
they were burning off the wheat fields on the highlands west of Orfino.
Told it has been going for a couple of weeks.
Below is a pic of Orfino from on high.
These are from when we were here in Sept.
Now the reason for all this is high up
this is what you will find. Wheat fields forever. In Orfino the alt. was
about 900 ft and up here much much more. Getting from the river valley
to the highlands.
Now back at our great BLM campground.
Our campsite at the BLM just north of Orfino,
ID right on the Clearwater river is called Pink House since that
was what was on it when they took it over and made this great recreation
site, open all year with heated water pipes and full hookups and for next
to nothing with a golden age pass.
Now is this a great looking BLM campsite
This spot in Orfino was an old river crossing
and this is a tribute to Nez Perce Indians.
Found another Farmers Market on Tuesday
afternoon in Orofino Idaho We hit the jackpot with some great tomatoes
at a $1.50 a lb. Had to stop at the grocery to pick up two packages of
This was one entrance to the city park
where the market was held. I had Terry get out and check to see if the
truck would make it under. We cleared by about 4-5 inches. They did have
another way in and out.
From Orfino we headed to Lewiston and stopped
at Walmart for stuff. Next off on a new route on US 12 and then State 261
& 260 to Othello. Eastern Washington is not for the faint of heart
as the back highways go up and down to the high up wheat fields and then
back down to the valleys. Up and down keeps your hands on the steering
wheel at all times, but if you want an off the interstate route, slow drive
(blue road) this is a good one.
West out of Lewiston along the Snake River.
Later after leaving the Snake River we
went west on US 12 (see the above map) as it went on and on just
like in this pic.
This goes on and on and is a fun drive....
As you can see there is not much out here in this part of WA.
We were going to fill up in Lewiston at
$3.97 but held off and later had to get diesel at $4.22. rural eastern
is not the place to look for fuel, me
We landed in this Bureau of Reclamation
campground south of Othello, WA. It was manicured to the ninth with
even a underground lawn watering system. While we were there many were
fishing for perch and loving it. Boat docks right at the campsites.
The view from inside our trailer.
Terry catching the sunset. The campground
is very nice right on Scooteney Reservoir.
If you have been following our summer adventures
you will recall when I got ill in West Yellowstone with pain and finding
blood in my urine and had to rush to Bozeman to the ER and it turned out
to be kidney stones. Well that was right at two months ago...
I didn't think it could happen again BUT
We are camped just south of Othello, WA
and I got to see the inside of their hospital at about 4:30 AM with another
kidney stone attack. Morphine and a cat scan later back at the campground
at 7:30 AM felling beter taking it easy with oxycodone acetaminophen and
generic flomax to relax my ureters so to pass the stone. The next
night the pain came back big time so went back to the ER a second time.
They gave me another shot for pain and sent us home saying they should
not do another cat scan as that would be more radiation that I should have
so soon. Fun times we are a having.
Update... I did pass a bigger stone a
few days later and am doing good..
The campground is very nice right on Scooteney
Reservoir. I have received the cat scans and blood work results from both
hospitals so when in AZ this winter I can have my pcp and a urologist compare
them. At least I got somthing out of all this to use later.
Our next run was from Othello (right lower)
to Roslyn (on map just west of Cle Elum about where the HW 903 sign is)
We took the long way around going south
of Othello on HW 24 and HW 243 for the scenic route up the Columbia river
to meet I-90 to go west toward Ellensburg. On HW 243 you could see all
the RVs on the Columbia river in a parking lot fission access. Salmon spawning
season is on and the fishermen are out in force.
The Wanapum Dam
developed cracks and they lowered the river levels. If it failed it could
take out all the dams to the coast.
Not good. For more info on all this see
on the dam repair status and this link
as to why the crack happened.
Yep time to cross over the BIG ONE.
Now as we drove up from the south we could see the river levels were so
Through Ellensburg on to Cle Elum to Roslyn,
Everything you wanted to know about Roslyn,
WA There is so much history here... as this is a famous
coal mining town and was very diverse in it miners. Many a first in race
relations were formed in this place. Do read
more about this place and the history of the mines and miners.
They have a great museum to browse through and you know how much I like
museums so it must be good.
You do know the Northern Exposure TV show
was shot here form 1990 to 1995 don't ya.
We are here moochdocking at our good friend
Tad's place here in Roslyn where he had a huge garage/shop built and
Terry is helping him to wire it and build
a enclosed shop room inside. Now he can put his class C MH inside.
Tad took us up the Cle Elum river to watch
the Salmon going up river to spawn. There is no fish latter on this dam
so the Yakima Indian tribe catches them and transports them up over the
dam so they can continue upriver. What a sight it is to see them in the
We stood on the bridge and I got this shot
of Tad and Terry. I yelled... turn around... as they were walking away.
I got a not so nice response to my request...
But that's normal... me thinks from these two.
We are sitting in
the Jellystone RV park in Missoula, MT for a week. Yikes a RV Resort and
paying good money for it no less. $230 a week. This sure isn't boondocking
or in a BLM or fishing access site on some fabulous Montana trout river.
But as the tag line sez timing is everything. We have hit a bit of bad
weather and this is just the right time to be in a RV park with power.
It is to get to freezing overnight and snow, yes I said snow big time on
all the passes in and out of here, and most of west and central Montana.
Our stay was planned to be here but we didn't know about the change of
weather till we arrived. Terry likes to spend time in Missoula as he has
good friends (an older couple who befriended him) and are teaching him
the art of painting and there other skills. They are true multifaceted
artists into painting, sculpting, silver work, and lapidary work. He met
them at the Quartzsite Gem and Mineral Club years ago. They don't go south
in the winter anymore so we stop here in the summer.
Ya it's a parking
lot RV Park but whats ya gunna do. When you want power and close to town
this is it.
We have a heat pump
so don't need to burn propane to keep warm.
BUT I'm getting ahead
of myself... before we landed in Missoula we spent most of a week along
the Blackfoot River (HW 200) in a very nice MT Fishing Access Site (Russell
Gates Memorial site) that has a campground. We have been here before so
knew about it and lucked out to get a big spot to land as it was a busy
place. The drawback was tall trees and no Internet sig off the dish. So
we pulled out out our portable DirecTV dish and set it up. For internet
we could get 2 bars of 3G on my Verizon smartphone so we got by.
Terry getting suited up for fly fishing.
He did catch several rainbows and some browns but they were small by his
standards, but he was happy no less.
Ya that's him out there.
We did as usual take day trips scouting
out other fishing sccess sites for possible camping but they were all to
small with trees to handle our rig. Go here for a
Montana Fishing Accessing Guide.
Some of the roads get darn right narrow
and go up high with a big drop off to the river on the left.
Wish we could find a way to carry a bost
along like this to really fish these great trout rivers like they are doing.
We shall see.
When not fishing Terry made these stickey
buns. Evil to be sure. Try to take a good blood sugar number after eating
one of these.
We will be here in Missoula till Monday
Sept. 15 and then head down south to Lolo and over the pass on US HW 12
heading to Orofino and Lewiston. US HW 12 is one scenic route not to miss
along the Lochsa river. The
Lochsa River Scenic Byway in Idaho & Montana. And we
feel the pass going west is much easier than going more north to Coeur
d'Alene on I-90. There is a nice BLM campground called "Pink House" near
Orofino which will be open since most Forest Service sites are closing
down for the season. After that it will COE campgrounds in Washington
state on the Snake river as we head toward Roslyn, WA to visit our good
friend Tad, who summers there.
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