3500 Travels

Kootenai National Forest, MT

After we left the Liberty Lake campground we were very soon in Idaho. Lots of pines and small mountains as we travelled along US 2. The weather is overcast and there is some rain, nothing severe, but a definite change in mood. We stopped for coffee and free wi-fi in Sandpoint, ID. Evans Brothers do their own roasting. A number of full sacks were in plain view next to the roaster.

Sandpoint coffee roaster

Sandpoint coffee roaster

After spending about 30+ minutes on my blog, I was caught up to Liberty Creek. We followed coffee with lunch, and then got back on the road for Montana. While Idaho is on Pacific Time, Montana is on Mountain Time, so we instantly lost an hour. Oddly Cathie’s cell switched over in the next 14 miles while mine is still stuck on Pacific Time. News flash – “Flip phone outperforms smartphone.”
For reasons that include the loss of an hour and that we are not in a tearing hurry, we decided to find a campsite earlier then we might have otherwise. The first one we came to was a Forest Service campsite called Yaak. This is named after the river running by it. The Yaak flows into the larger Kootenai which US 2 follows for a while.

Yaak campsite #42

Yaak campsite #42

We walked the dogs down to the confluence of the two which was not far. The pictures and video give you some idea of the scene.

Yaak River

Yaak River


The river bed and currently exposed banks are all smooth river rock. Size ranges from the small at less than an inch to the larger at 15 inches or so. But the texture of the some of the rocks is rather extraordinary. Cathie took several pictures and I have attached one the most interesting below.

Crenelated rock

Crenelated rock

As a side note the campground bulletin board warns of bears, and provides strict instructions to put all food in the bear vaults supplied at most of the campsites. I hope we don’t have a large fury head peering at us tonight. Probably not since I don’t think a bear or much of anything could sneak up on the dogs.

Bear box for food etc.

Bear box for food etc.

No bear issues last night.