North Pend Oreille Scenic Loop

After settling in at Camp Rita, we took off for a scenic drive.

The North Pend Oreille Scenic Loop covers part of the Selkirk International Loop, which we later learned.

The Pend Oreille loop is also dubbed “The Forgotten Corner” by wildlife enthusiasts and people like me, who have this thing for historical “old stuff”.

First we went to the Tiger Museum, which was closed, just like the other museums we attempted to go to in the area.  Closed museums seemed to be because of lack of funds and volunteers to keep them open.  Sad for me, not so sad for Chris, as he is not really interested in all that “old stuff”.

After driving thru the small town of Ione, we stopped at Box Canyon.  To the right is the old railroad that you can ride a handful of times a year, if you’re lucky.  Of course it wasn’t running either, when we were there.  But if we could’ve, we would’ve been so on that train ride!

Box Canyon Dam was built in 1952 and apparently Kevin Costner was filmed here in the movie “The Postman”, which I haven’t seen.  Let me know if its any good, will ya?

After leaving Box Canyon, we drive along the Boundry Dam Road, which is beautiful and hosts wildlife like bald eagles and mountain goats.  Across the river is a stand of cottonwoods, which have a bald eagles nest.

If you click to biggify and squint at the dead cottonwood, you can just make out some type of messy eagle’s nest.  This was one of the few times I wish I had a fancy telephoto zoom lens on my camera.

Chris says its time to move down the road and how many dang pictures do I need anyway???

Next up, my favorite part of the trip:  The Mill Pond Flume Interpretive Site!  Which, while in the National Forest, is run by the Dept of Agriculture, and I’m not sure why, but they sure did a terrific job with the Flume Trail.

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