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8/21/16 Omak Lake, WA - This lake is located in the Colville Indian Reservation. No trees surronding the lake that different than the other lakes. There are many rocky mountains around here, nice view and nice place. The lake water color is blue clean water. Someone yelled "FIRE...FIRE..." the fire just started that was less than 100ft from me, I was rush to drove out there to escape from the fire.
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8/20/16 Grand Coulee Dam, WA - This is the largest dam in the North America, 550 ft height and 5223 ft long. Pump water 280 ft up for the state of Delaware size irrigation use. I have joined the 50 minutes free dam tour, and came back at 9pm night to watch the light show on the dam.
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8/20/16 Keller Ferry, WA - This is free ferry to cross the columbia river from north to south on highway #21 that east of the Grand Coulee Dam. Only 5 minutes ride and runs all day long from 6am to 11:30pm. The view of around here is very nice rock formation.
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8/20/16 Twin Lakes, WA - It is located in the Colville Indian Reservation and between Highway #21 and Lake Roosevelt NRA, on the Bridge Creek Rd. Two lakes separated by north and south, there are many trees block the lake view. I managed to take photos whenever less trees.
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8/19/16 Gifford Ferry, WA - This is a free ferry, only 5 minutes of ride, which runs between town of Inchelium and Gifford on the Columbia River or Lake Roosevelt NRA. Where town of Inchelium is located in the Indian Coliville Reservation.
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8/19/16 Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, WA - This lake is a large lake, 151 miles long and 5 miles shorter from the Canadian Border, created by the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River.
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8/19/2016 Meyers Falls, Kettle Falls, WA - Meyers Falls are small falls but nice place to kids to jump from the cliff. Where the Kettle Falls are 30ft drop falls but it is under the water after the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam.
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8/18/16 Deep Lake, WA - Relatively smaller lake. The lake shore is occupied by privately owned and houses are all over. Only small area is open for the public, there is no beach or picnic area. Lake water color is dark blue.
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8/18/2016 Boundary Dam, WA - This dam is very close to the Canadian Border. Blast inside the rocky mountain and made cave that 6 story height and generators are located in it. They have 6 generators but currently working only one because not enough water. This dam produces 40% of WA’s necessary energy.
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8/18/16 Garden Cave, Crawford State Park, WA - During waiting the state park to open, a border patrol was passing with ATV, I thought that’s cool. This is my 2nd time to visit this cave. It is 2nd longest limestone cave in Washington State. The tour doesn’t go through all the way only 500 ft. This cave is located near the Canadian border.
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8/17/16 Box Canyon Dam, WA - Currently construction is going on and the dam tour is not available that a sad part. However they will demolish the peninsula like boulder that located at the center of the dam to make the fish passage that a good news. I am so grad to witnessing that WA is not just talking, they are doing for fishs.
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8/14/2016 Sweet Creek Falls, WA - Highway #31 roadside picnic area, easy to get it. There are cascade waterfalls in short distance, total 1/4 miles of walk on maintained trail. Those waterfalls are beautiful.
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8/16/16 Mill Pond, WA - It is located east of town of Metaline Falls. It is man-made pond. However this pond won’t last longer because there is a plan to demolish the dam and back to way it was, a means creek will be back and passage of fish back. I think fishes are happy with it.
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8/16/16 Sullivan Lake, WA - It is located Northeast of Washington. Trees are all over around the lake. Very quiet area not much traffic and not many people here.
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8/915/2016 Manresa Grotto, Kalispel Indian Resarvation, WA - It is located by the highway, easy to access to it. These caves have least three rooms, one is large in size. Unfortunately there are many graffiti, maybe there were some petroglyphs and pictographs existed but graffiti cover it that my suspicious.
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8/15/16 Indian Rock Pictographs, Priesta Lake, ID (1 mile) - How lucky I was there to meet Corteny and Joe, they were Kayaking and front of and looking at the pictographs, if they were not there, I am sure I never find it. Even Joe helped me out by got out from Kayak to take photos with my camera, from my location I couldn’t see it. Thank you both!
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8/15/16 Priesta Lake, ID - This is one of the largest lakes in ID and located northernmost Idaho, not far from the Canadian border. Lot of tall green trees surronding this lake all the way. The lake water is very clear water.
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8/15/2016 Huff Lake and Muskegon Lake, WA - First three photos are from Huff Lake and last two photos are from the Muskegon Lake. Both lakes are naer the Roosebelt Grove and not far from the Idaho state line. Huff Lake has a parking lot but Muskegon Lake has not. Both lakes are small in size but nice to be there to relax.
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8/14/16 Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars Scenic Area, WA (1 mile) - It is in the WA but near the Priest Lake ID. The sign said cedar trees are estimated 800 to 2,000 years old. There are Lower and Upper watrfalls, where Lower Falls have over view deck but not Upper Falls and trees are blocking the view of Upper Falls, I hike down to bottom of creek but no good view.
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8/14/2016 Hanna Flats Cedar Grove, Priest Lake, ID - 400 years old Cedar Grove that survived from the large forest fire on 1926, which 80,000 acres ravaged. It also survived from lumber company to cut down, Cedar was not even worth cutting down like white pine by less demand. Now we can enjoy the beautiful cedar forest.
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8/13/16 Carol Knapp, Priest River, ID - When I was at the library to update my website, Carol and libralian was talking about Garnet, I told them I have digged the Garnet few days ago and show it. End up, she invited me for fish dinner. It was nice dinner and meet Terry, Nancy and John. I recognized that I am missing is the home cooking.
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8/13/16 Albeni Falls Dam, ID - Built the Albeni Falls Dam that replaced falls on the Pend Oreille River that runs from Washington to Idaho and 26 miles long. The river is very wide at place to place and looks like a lake rather than a river.
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8/11/16 Lake Pend Oreille, ID - I was here to see and take photo of petroglyphs, but it is located private property of southend of the peninsula, only 1/4 mile from the highway #200. Only to see it by boat and I couldn’t make it. The lake is vacation distination of around here, many people enjoy pebbl beach.
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8/10/2016 Pulaski Tunnel Trail, Wallace, ID (4 miles) - 1910 Great Fire burned 3,000,000 acres at that time 45 members of the Pulaski fire fighter team fight the fire, but fire was too intense and moving too fast, they escaped into the mining tunnel, someone escape from the tunnel and die, Palaski gun pointed not escape from the tunnel to saved lives. He saved all but six of his crew.
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8/10/2016 Sierra Silver Mine Tour, Wallace, ID - Trolley tour to underground mining, a guide of mine was retired miner, he demonstrated how to use mining equipment and his demonstraition was very interesting and powerfull. It is very hard work for miner worker.
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8/10/16 Center of the Universe, Wallance, ID - The center of the Universe is located intersection of 6th and Banker streets. The sign is on the man-hole cover. The town of Wallance has rich history, whole downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Place, a means highway #90 is built around town because of it.
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8/9/2016 Hobo Cedar Grove Botanical Area, ID - Why cedar trees around here are so large? Because cedar was not demand like white pine, location of this area is far from the town and servived from forest fires. This 240 acres of area is designated a National Natural Landmark.
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8/9/16 Emerald Creek Garnet Area, ID - "Idaho is gem of the capital" that I didn’t know until a local told me. This site open Friday - Tuesday, 9am - 4pm, cost $10 to dig it and can keep whatever you find it. I tried couple hours of hard work to find some Garnets.
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8/8/2016 Buffalo Eddy Petroglyphs, WA - Large Snake River runs between ID and WA, this petroglyphs site is located Washington side, but I suspect maybe Idaho side has petroglyphs site too. Gym figure petroglyphs are the specialty of this site petroglyphs.
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8/7/16 Winchester Lake SP, ID - The lumber company developped the town of Winchester for their employees and created dam to made the Winchester Lake for the store the logs on 1910. Currently people come to enjoy fishing and camping here.
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8/7/16 Raspberry Festival, Monastery of St. Gartrude, Cottonwood, ID - The town of Cottonwood population is 900 and this festival is expecting 2,500 visitors. There is kid’s play area, vender’s area and food corner and music are main area. Everyone enjoy raspberry short cake.
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8/7/16 I was wondering the sign show "Weis Rockshelter", so tried to find it out, the paved road took me to the bottom of the canyon, by the Salmon River. It was beautiful scenic route to drive, and found all kind activities such as rafting, sand beach, excavating human artifact, blackberry picking and fishing.
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8/6/2016 Monastery of St Gertrude, Cottonwood, ID - I did a self tour, inside chapel, they have an outside chapel too, garden and cemetary that located short hike of behined the chapel.
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8/6/2016 Museum, Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, ID - Three nuns from Switsland started this place, the land that they perchased some and got donations, it is higher location than the town of Cottonwood. The items in the museum are much more than just related with three nuns.
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8/4/2016 Railroad Trestles, Cottonwood, ID - There are many beautiful trestles, which is the bridge made by wood or metal, still remined even railroad shutdown a decade ago. I hope they will keep it way it is. Fascinating to me that the wooden trestles support heavy trains to run.
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8/3/16 Tolo Lake, Grangeville, ID - This is the 30 acres lake located middle of the farmer fields and west side of the town Grangeville. Drained this lake on Septermber 1994 for restration of the lake and found the mammoth bones from the bottom of the lake. Now water is back and lake is again oasis to many birds and animals.
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8/3/16 Grangeville, ID - I didn’t know that Idoho state have two different time zones, state divided to north, pacific time zine, and south, mountain time zone. I had one hour extra at this morning, walking around in the town to find there is replica of mammoth that excavated near the town.
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8/2/16 Selway Falls, Lowell, ID - River water go through between boulders in the Salway River that made water falls, where river water is very calm before and after the falls. I saw many large fishes just stay still in the river, top row 4th photo from left.
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8/1/16 Lolo Hot Springs, MT - This is my second time here to soak and rejuvenated in the hot springs. They still have 2 pools, one for soaking indoor pool and one for swiming outdoor pool.
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8/1/16 Fort Owen State Park, Stevenville, MT - This state park is a tiny place in the private property that confused to visitors. This is the place where Montana originated and town of Stevenvile is only a mile away. It was trading post and white settlement began here.
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8/1/16 Mountain Fire, Hamilton, MT - I was witnessed a bland new mountain fire that just started north of Hamilton, expand 5,000 acres to 50,000 acres fire in just 2 hrs, and it was powerfull view. Both sides of highway #93 was many cars parked and taking photos.
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7/31/2016 Painted Rock, MT - I was confused and disapointed, in AZ, there is called the Painted Rock Park that have many petroglyphs on the rocks, I thought I can see the petroglyphs or/and pictographs, I was wrong, only rock color is different that’s it.
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7/30/16 Challis, ID - The Challis Bridge was major bridge to cross the Salmon River one time, currently that bridge was gone and replaced by modern bridge. Challis Hot Springs is nice place to soak and relax, however I have been there, so that I skipped at this time.
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7/27/16 Forest Fires, ID - No hike for me for while because wherever I go there is affected the smoke from the forest fires. I have escaped from the Sawtooth Wildness Area and Salmon-Challis National Forest, now I am headding north to escape continue.
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7/29/16 Borah Peak Earthquake, ID - It was happened on 10/28/1983, 7.3 magnitude of earthquake occured at this point, 26 miles long and 7 miles deep. Mt Borah’s, highest mountain in Idaho, ridge rose 6 inches, valley dropped 7.5 inches, and Lost River range rose 1ft.
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7/29/16 Wildhorse, ID (1.6 miles to waterfall) - This area is belong to the Challis National Forest, I decided to hike up to the beautiful waterfall. Some mountains are very nice view around here and popular place for camping and backpacking.
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7/29/16 Mackay Reservoir, ID - It is nice to see the large lake by the road side. There is no trees around the reservoir but gorgeous Lost River Mountain Range at east side of the road, where highway #93 runs between mountain range and reservoir.
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7/28/2016 Pass Creek, Mackay, ID - It is amaizing rock formation both side of the creek, the two miles road segment go through the creek, just like driving at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, also a creek runs by the road.
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7/28/16 Big Springs Pictographs, Darlington, ID (2.7 miles) - I have parked below the uphill, but can drive up little more. All pictographs are red color painting and spread out to four panels. There is springs and waterfalls, but creek doesn»t last longer, maybe less than 100ft and disappeared.
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7/27/2016 Natural Arch, Arco, ID (2 miles) - This natural arch from town of Arco not from town of Moore because bad road. Follow the signs and at the end of road, there is sign of trail to hike up steep slope, there are many stairs, after that go through the loose rocks slope. The size of arch is large in size.
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7/27/16 Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, ID - Sculpture Spur by John Grade that made for the National Park Service Centennial Celebration, visitors can go inside to enjoy the sculpture.
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7/26/16 Stanley Museum, ID - It was an old ranger station convert into the museum. They have a nice video to explain around Santley, one thing got my attention that they were againsted to become the National Park around the town, instead of they accepted the National Recreational Area status to keep hunting and fishing alive.
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7/25/16 Yellow Belly Lake, Sawtooth Wildness, ID ( 7.3 miles inc McDonald Lake) - I have started from the Tincup Horce TH and loop it with clockwise. It is a large lake but not easy to take photos because over grown trees and large size bushes at the edge of lake, and there is no beach. It is beautiful lake.
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7/25/16 McDonald Lake, Sawtooth Wildness, ID - It is smaller size lake surronded by marsh grass and lodgepole pine trees. I was missed to finding this lake for while because there are many dead down trees on the trail, sooner trail end at the creek, after that found the lake using the GPS.
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7/23/16 Imogene Lake, Sawtooth Wildness, ID (18.6 miles inc Hell Roaring Lake) - Passed couple no name lakes after the Hell Roaring Lake, the trail was constantly uphill, where I have started the Lower Hell Roaring TH. It is beautiful lake and not many visitors because of the long distance.
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7/23/16 Hell Roaring Lake, Sawtooth Wildness, ID - Back of the lake there are many mountains and some of have a specific name such as the Finger of Fate, The Arrowhead and more. The Finger of Fate is 800ft granite solid rock. The lake water is deep green and popular destination for backpacking.
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