I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 5:47 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
I spent most of the weekend watching The PGA tournament from Louisville. Rory Mcilroy (not ROY MCAVOY, who was in Tin Cup) proved he is the best in golf, winning 3 in a row including 2 majors. Still, Tiger got a lot of headlines. I cannot believe he is still a probable player in The Ryder Cup. OK, enough golf chat.
Almost. Yesterday I played The Mine Nine, AKA Pend Oreille Golf Course, for a second time. The first time I did not know how to handle the sand greens. Then it occurred to me I do not know how to handle the grassy ones either. So I relaxed and did better. Yes, they are slower than grass, but not that much. It was very hot yesterday, and nine holes was enough for me. Earlier in the day I drove 10 miles south to IONE and tried to play SERENDIPITY GOLF COURSE. I thought it would be wide open, after going by Saturday and seeing NOBODY playing. WRONG. Maybe 4 groups on the 9 hole layout, with a FIVESOME just going out. So I went back to Metaline Falls and hit the short 9. It costs two dollars. You put the cash in an envelope and put it in the slot. Honor system.
I think this is probably the best campground I have been to on this trip. The owners are very good, Tory and Bruce. While there are a few signs posted here and there, there are not the full page of fine print I have seen elsewhere. More laid back here. On Saturday, Bruce asked me if I wanted to take a ride on his weekly dump run. There is no garbage pick up here, so Bruce has a small trailer parked where we throw our bagged trash in for disposal. He drives down to Ione where there is a station he can get rid of the trash. I went with him, prepared to lend a hand unloading. But he did not need it, pulling out a big rake which he used to drag the junk out. I just sat back and watched, then we went by the local car wash where he power washed the whole trailer until it was maggotless.
I have taken both routes north that take you to the Canadian Border. The second route goes to Boundary Dam on The Pend Oreille River. South of Metaline is Box Canyon Dam, which I posted a photo recently. The river moves very slowly, and is pretty shallow. Perfect for lazy float trips.
Last night it actually rained. Later today, and on through the next few days, there is a good chance of thunderstorms coming through. Fire danger is HIGH now, with the lightning expected to start more fires. Washington has been burning for a while now. There is a big fire just south of Lewiston, Idaho along the Snake River. Then another fire north of Keller where I drove through a week ago continues to burn. There was smoke here a couple days.
Monday I head on out again, tentative plans are to find somewhere in Montana between Missoula and Kalispell. Needing to get back to wide open vistas.
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