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We spent August visiting the northern most part of eastern Washington State followed by the Flathead Lake region of Montana.
In Washington we stayed in a small town called Ione. The North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway follows Hwy 31 from Ione to the Canadian border, hugging the beautiful Pend Oreille River.
On the western side of The Pend Oreille lies the Selkirk Mountains.
There are two dams along the Pend Oreille. This is The Box Canyon Dam. Its a “run of the river” dam which means it has no storage capacity in the river. This dam is owned and operated by the Pend Oreille Public Utility.
We took a tour of The Boundary Dam, which is almost on the US/Canada border. It supplies power for Seattle.
We were escorted by dam personnel in our cars to the top of the dam.
Very close to The Boundary Dam is Crawford State Park and Gardner Cave, which is a large limestone cavern. Rangers provide daily tours through the cave. Its a beautiful cave but unfortunately the State of Washington was slow to provide protected access and most of the formations were broken off before the rangers began giving tours. In spite of this its a must-see place in the area.
Next we headed to Lakeside, Montana for a few weeks. We went back into Glacier National Park, (which I covered in an earlier post) and enjoyed driving around Flathead Lake and Kalispell.
By the time we left Montana in early September the fires that always plague the area in late summer were making for more smokey than clear days. We left Montana after Labor Day and headed back to Oregon to meet up with friends. These are a few reminders I have of Flathead Lake.