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By: joealaska , 12:52 AM GMT on August 15, 2014

Monday I will leave Metaline and head south to RT 2 EAST. Into Idaho and Sandpoint. I catch RT 200 and meander southeast into Montana. On the way I pass PONDERAY, ID which is the phonetic spelling of PEND OREILLE. I like it. It will take about 3.5 hours to get to THOMPSON FALLS, Montana, where I have booked a week for camping. Still in the mountains and high trees, but close to the wide open spaces that I want to see. That will be the next stop.

Bruce, the RV camp owner, has buddied up to me a bit. He probably is not used to single guys coming through, and he wants me to see the good stuff. Today he came up and asked if I wanted to play golf at the little course here in town that has the sand greens. I said OK, but we soon had to call it off as rain moved in. Steady rain for the first time in a long time, and it lasted most of the day. Then it stopped late afternoon and the sun is out - beautiful!

Yesterday he suggested we take a ride up to Washington Rock. I had been driving by it every day since I arrived. It is an impressive hunk of rock right by the road between Metaline and Metaline Falls. Right by the river. It has a name, but there are many other rock cliffs around here I am sure un-named. As Bruce drove up the main road he told me his son had rappelled down the cliff with a small crowd watching from below. Including mom. Now that son is on a submarine based out of Hawaii. We pulled off into what looked like a field, but there was a small road that appeared at the edge of the trees. It was a very primitive road, 4 wheel only. Up a steep hill where we parked and had to walk a bit. Suddenly we popped out on the bluff with wide open views of the two nearby towns and the river. I took a couple pictures, but Bruce said we should still walk to the "top." Oh yeah. It was a fairly flat spot that had a rounded lip down to HELL. Best view by far of the area.

Bruce told me about Metaline and surrounding areas being the site for most filming of the movie THE POSTMAN, starring Kevin Costner and musician / actor for a day Tom Petty. It has been some years since it was filmed. The majority of the production folk stayed at this very RV park I am in. The stars had there own big trailers somewhere else nearby. Bruce had a chance to meet the big stars. The RV park was busy for a couple months with pre-production crews, then production crews, then cleanup people coming in to remove all the staging that was done. The movie is a bit obscure, but I did see it and it was pretty good. Now I want to watch it again to try to catch the local stuff used. Boundary Dam, about 12 miles north on the border, was used for a lot of the filming. Many old buildings in Metaline Falls also were there. Check it out.

Later in the day I went north to the border and checked out Boundary Dam for the 2nd time. I went to the lookout above the dam that gives a different perspective. The only view was a bit restricted. The other time I drove to the dam itself, but from that angle it is hard to see. I still plan on seeing the inside of the dam via a tour.

A couple days ago I was driving south toward Ione when I saw a motorcycle coming toward me and driving erratically. He seemed to be swerving as he was looking under his bike for something. I went on around a curve and saw a lump off to the side of the road. It was a small deer, and I was going by it started to move a bit. It was off the main road, and I kept going not sure what to do. What could I? Besides, it was a narrow curving road where there was nowhere to easily pull over. But I wanted to do something. I went on a couple miles and bought a part I needed for the RV, then came back. If the deer was still there I would at least try to get it further away from the road. But it was gone. I guess it was grazed by that motorcycle and was stunned.

Bruce is talking up kayaking tomorrow on the river. He knows someone who has a couple which we could borrow. Could be interesting.

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10. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:45 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
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9. osdianna
5:25 PM GMT on August 16, 2014
OK, I watched your latest YouTube video, dated Aug 11th, and you answered my question about Dutchie...if she meowed a lot while traveling in the RV. My sympathies!
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8. cybersuze
2:48 PM GMT on August 16, 2014
Oh, wonder if you will see the mega load of equipment for the Alberta tar sands project that is moving through Sandpoint this weekend. Just make way!
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7. joealaska
2:06 AM GMT on August 16, 2014
Rain moved through all day, but there were gaps. We chose to play THE MINE NINE golf course and its sand greens. I had a birdie with a putt off the green, Bruce chipped in twice from 30 and 60 yards. Still looking at kayaks over the weekend.

It poured when we got back, but it has finally stopped. Tonite I reside in Shish Kabob City.
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6. dotmom
1:35 AM GMT on August 16, 2014

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5. dotmom
7:00 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Don't take your good camera for Heavens sake! :) Have fun!
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4. cybersuze
5:45 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Balance, Joe, keep it when you're on the kayak, and Scott says, aim for the eddies!! Will be interested to hear about that! Sounds like a good time, if not a good laugh!
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3. dotmom
2:16 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Weather here is nice right now. 80s. Yesterday had a couple of "pop-up" showers. I think I still need to go out and water my fairly new planted Japanese maple. Can't complain about the weather right now.
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2. DHaupt
6:51 AM GMT on August 15, 2014
I just had a great idea for a new profession for Joe -- Google Street View van driver!

More mild, dry summer weather here. Enough clouds most days to kill the heat of the sun, but nothing that even suggests rain. We are having to water now using just a hose and nozzle. I try to give the browner areas a little extra.

Our neighbor, Gabino, who works for a landscaping company is coming home after 12 hour days really sore and tired. Instead of mowing lawns all day, they are digging up sod and shoveling rock: much harder work.

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1. osdianna
5:47 AM GMT on August 15, 2014
You got the rain we had Wednesday; I heard it rained here in Ocean Shores all day...it was warm and muggy too when I got home at 5...an 8 hour trip up to Stanwood and back to bring home the lady I took up there last week. It was sunny up there, but we hit a few showers...really light. That part of the state is wide open, with lots of water features...including the Stillaguamish River...where the bridge fell into the river. It's pretty shallow, but very beautiful. Couldn't see the North Cascades (or Mount Baker) for the thunderclouds. It made slogging through the Everett to Seattle traffic bearable, then everyone wanted to go 75 through Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis-McCord, and finally slowed just west of Olympia.

Anyway...enjoy the kayaking trip and tour of the inner dam, etc. And Pend Oreille...it's a beautiful town...and the lake is gorgeous, so I have heard...haven't been there either.

You are having way too much fun!
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