It was goodbye to Washington this afternoon after 6 weeks of enjoying her diverse beauty. It was rather a shock to drive through big city Spokane on a frenetic 5-lane interstate after so much time in the slow lane. It felt like a rude re-entry.
|Bridge to Newhalem|
|Rock Shelter Trail|
|Newhalem Visitor Center Overlook|
|Another trail view.|
Post Falls is providing a scenic overnight camping spot, surrounded by hills and former farmland (before the big bad big box stores moved in).
Like this one .... my home for the night.
And the GDB, all by herself.
At 2:30 it was really too early to stop for the day but I was tired of driving. After settling in, I stayed busy working and also putting the pieces back together from my hard-drive crash 4 days ago. Only the direst life-saving efforts revived my laptop. As a result, I lost all of my apps and bookmarks. Some of the re-installs will have to wait until I return home.
A freakish heat wave has caused me to alter my plans. Initially, I was going to wait out the Labor Day holiday hordes before heading to Glacier National Park. But the forecast temps in the 80’s over the next few days have motivated me to move north.