Kay's Photo Journal - August 2016
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8/31/2016 Shadow of the Sentinels National Recreation Area, WA (0.5 miles) - It is located west of the Baker Lake, not far. Some of the trees are 600 years old and still standing nicely here and there. The trail starts nice boardwalk.
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8/31/2016 Baker Dam and Lake, WA - Total two dams, Lower and Upper Baker Dams. The Lower Dam is located near the town of the Concrete, and Upper Dam is can drive on the dam and 14 miles north from the town. The Baker Lake is a long lake runs from north to south.
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8/30/2016 Diablo Lake, WA - Color of the lake water is beautiful blue green that glaciers grind rocks that called silt, rock flower, which melt in the water and react with light to give the blue green color that the sign said, see rightmost photo.
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8/30/2016 Ross Dam and Lake, WA (3 miles) - From highway #20, the trail goes down to the top of the Ross Dam, I saw the Pacifi Crest Trail mark, but I am not sure the dam is part of the PCT or not. The dam is very tall, but view from top of the dam is very nice mountain view.
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8/30/2016 Liberty Bell Mountains, WA - This area also called Early Winters Spires that a map said. It is located near the Washington Pass and from highway #20 overlook area, the view is gorgeous. The highway #20 is amazing shape around here that can view from overlook area also. The mountain view is very nice around here.
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8/29/2016 Winthrop, WA - It is old and historical town, and many specialty of small stores both side of the highway #20, roadside parking lot is full of cars. Many tourists stop by to shop and enjoy the window shopping. There are many hiking trails near the town.
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8/28/2016 Falls Creek Falls, WA (3 miles)- There is nice handicapper access trail to the first largest waterfalls. When continue to hike up, there are some more waterfalls. There are many waterfalls on the Falls Creek but some of are not visible from the trail. I saw some pictographs on the bolder near the Falls Creek.
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8/27/2016 Twisp, WA - This is a small town but has some attractions such as Twisp Works that the art plaza, many artists work here and shop here to sell their items. Methow Valley Interpretive Center has a native plants garden and display Indian arts. Farmer’s Market on Saturday and can find many variety of apples for sale.
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8/25/2016 Fish Lake, Sinlahekin Wildlife Recreation Area, WA - This lake is in the mountains, quiet and not many visitors, maybe that changes at weekends that I don’t know. Seems to the mountain fire was not too long ago, there are many dead trees still standing.
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8/25/2016 McLoughlin Canyon, WA (2 miles) - I have hiked until trail was clear, a means after wire fence the trail is no longer there. Around here is just like little Zion, lot of rock walls and mountains. Not many but I took some pictographs that located by the railroad.
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8/25/2016 Whitestone Lake, WA - Its smaller than the Spectacle Lake and those lakes are close each other. This lake similar way runs west to east and water color is black also. There are some nice mountains background.
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8/25/2016 Spectacle Lake, WA - Surprisingly lake water color is black that a strange color to me. It is long lake from west to east, I saw dripping water by the cliff roadside.
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8/25/2016 Palmer Lake, WA - This lake is located west of town of Oroville, and not far from Canada border. It is a good size lake and surrounding by mountains, water color is dark blue.
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8/24/2016 Molson Ghost Town, WA - The 3-story schoolhouse is visible from far distance, which built in 1914 and museum now. There are many collectable items displayed entire building. Ghost town is located so called Old-Molson, there are still standing the original buildings.
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8/24/2016 Whistler Canyon, WA (3 miles) - The Okanogan River is formed many horse shoe bends but there is not good place to see it for entire view, however hike up to the trail, there are places to view some of those nice river view. The Frog Pond was no frog at all and even no water, there are many poison ivy growing there, see 2nd row rightmost photo.
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8/22/2016 Bonaparte Pictographs, WA - Highway #20 roadside pictographs, which from town of Tonasket go west and about 15 miles range. 3 distinguish panels and some of pictographs were faded out, one of site was cross the wire fence and look at behind trees.
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8/21/2016 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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8/20/2016 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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8/20/2016 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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8/20/2016 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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8/19/2016 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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8/19/2016 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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8/18/2016 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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8/18/2016 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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8/17/2016 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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8/16/2016 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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8/16/2016 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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8/15/2016 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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8/15/2016 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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8/15/2016 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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8/14/2016 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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8/13/2016 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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8/13/2016 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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8/11/2016 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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8/10/2016 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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8/9/2016 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 Pine Bar, ID - 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 of the 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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8/3/2016 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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8/3/2016 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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8/2/2016 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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8/1/2016 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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8/1/2016 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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8/1/2016 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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