After our trip through Idaho, the WINs Lewis and Clark circuit arrived in Lewiston, Idaho, just across the river from Clarkston, WA. We stayed at the Elks Lodge, the friendliest lodge I have ever stayed at!
And it was in a beautiful spot overlooking the Snake River, which separates Idaho and Washington.
Right above our camping spot was a Canada goose up on a pole. I thought that was really strange. But when it was still there the next day, I realized it was fake.
But there were some real osprey nearby.
On our first day, the Elks Exalted Ruler, Tom, took us to the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center. He surprised us by dressing up as Sgt. Ordway, an important member of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
We posed in the same canoe that Tom and 6 other guys followed the Lewis and Clark expedition in, from Astoria to St. Louis back in 2004. They went over the mountains on horseback, but otherwise did it in this dugout canoe!
Sgt. Ordway also took us to the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, where Lewis and Clark camped on their journey.
Wait - Sgt. Ordway has a phone call...
Also at the confluence is a fantastic sculpture.
It shows the animals of the Snake River area on one side, and the animals of the Clearwater River area on the other side.
This guy was looking for which side he was supposed to be on...
About 2 miles downstream on the Snake River from where we are parked are some beautiful basalt columns. One day, Jane and I drove down the Washington side to get a view of them.
Wow! There were some mother and baby Big Horn Sheep going down to the water to get a drink. A lot of the mothers have radio transmitters around their necks.
And now for the big news! WE'RE FAMOUS!!! We made the front page of the Lewiston newspaper -
AND we were interviewed for the local TV news. My rig made the news, but I was off jetboating, so I'm not on the video.
From Missoula, we moved west along Highway 12. We spent a few days at Jack's Saloon, just east of the Montana/Idaho border. The highlight here is Lolo Hot Springs, where Lewis and Clark stopped on their journey west. I don't think it looked like this, though...
There is a very hot pool -
And an outside cooler pool.
Goats were the lawn mowers here.
We also visited a couple other Lewis and Clark sites - Glade Camp, where they camped -
And we had lunch at Packer Meadows, the same place that Lewis and Clark stopped for lunch. Our Wisconsin Packer fans really enjoyed it!
Then we did an individual slow trip through Idaho on Highway 12. I stopped at the Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, which remains much as it was in the early 1900s.
There's an old crossing of a creek that fortunately was closed.
I spent one night at McKay's Bend Campground, beautiful and right on the Clearwater River. We're across the Continental Divide, so it's all downhill from here!