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Entering Idaho

Although we got up as early as other days we seemed to be slower in getting started today.  We had a pretty good breakfast at the hotel, consisting of scrambled egg patties, bacon, juice, and coffee, and I even went back and got a bowl of cereal with milk.  So we weren’t on the road until nearly 9 a.m..

 

Spokane is pretty near the border to Idaho, so we got our first picture in about fifteen minutes.  Then on over to Couer D’Alane before heading north to Bonner’s Ferry, where we took the short 5 mile auto tour of the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge.

 

The refuge is about 5 miles west and the river runs along the road for most of that.

Over the bridge to Couer D’Alane
  We got a few nice photos of the slow-moving, glassy blue water.  There weren’t too many animals or birds out in the mid-day heat, but when we stopped at the headquarters to ask a few questions their hummingbird feeder was being ravaged by a large group of hummers.  It was fun to watch from only three feet away as they darted and sipped and generally raised all kinds of ruckus with each other as they fed.

 

I always thought that “refuge” meant a safe place to go.  But once I read the brochure they handed me at the headquarters I realized why we didn’t see many animals or birds.  Even though it is called a wildlife refuge, it really isn’t.  They even point out the hunting blinds and tell visitors where and when to hunt and what hunters can expect to find.  How bogus!

 

Back on the road again we headed east to Kootenai Falls.

Another pretty day
  This one was one of the toughest falls for the wife and I to reach and photograph.  Not only do you have to hike quite a ways but at one point you cross over a pair of railroad tracks and then have to descend 66 stairs on the river side.  Once down near the river it is another 10 or 15 minutes downstream to the suspension bridge from which you can supposedly see the falls.  We went that way first.  Finally reaching the bridge, we crossed slowly.  There is a sign saying “Only 5 persons on the bridge at one time!”  Well, being as big as I am, I figured I counted as two.  Luckily there weren’t lots of folks down there at that moment so we didn’t have to worry.  From the far side we walked up the side just a short distance to get a better view.  Then back across and hiked back upstream.  At the fork where we had gone downstream we took the northern fork and headed up to the falls.  Another ten minutes brought us up to a nice point at which we could get a much better view.  Then it was that hike back.
Along the river to Kootenai Wildlife Refuge
  We had to take it very easy, and slow.  And those 66 stairs going up were nearly enough to drop us in our tracks, but we did survive.

 

On to a little town called Libby for a quick bite at McD’s.  Got a couple of nice pictures of large eagles that they proudly show over the streets in their town. 

 

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Entering Idaho
Entering Idaho
Over the bridge to Couer D’Alane
Over the bridge to Couer D’Alane
Another pretty day
Another pretty day
Along the river to Kootenai Wildli…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildl…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildli…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildl…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildli…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildl…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildli…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildl…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildli…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildl…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildli…
Along the river to Kootenai Wildl…
Entry sign
Entry sign
These hummingbirds were the wildes…
These hummingbirds were the wilde…
They were just having a wonderful …
They were just having a wonderful…
I couldnt count how many there we…
I couldn't count how many there w…
And they were just having a wild t…
And they were just having a wild …
Lunch time for all of them
Lunch time for all of them
Along the auto tour we saw several…
Along the auto tour we saw severa…
The marsh lands seemed empty
The marsh lands seemed empty
Really a nice area
Really a nice area
There may be an eagle nest in that…
There may be an eagle nest in tha…
Off again and into Montana
Off again and into Montana
Good cenery
Good cenery
A sign at the river
A sign at the river
A very poor picture of a small sec…
A very poor picture of a small se…
There you can see it.
There you can see it.
Kootenai River
Kootenai River
Kootenai River
Kootenai River
Looking up towards the falls.
Looking up towards the falls.
The suspension bridge over the riv…
The suspension bridge over the ri…
View from the middle of the bridge…
View from the middle of the bridg…
From the far side of the river the…
From the far side of the river th…
Now we had to go back across.
Now we had to go back across.
A little creeky. And the sign said…
A little creeky. And the sign sai…
More shots up the river
More shots up the river
the falls
the falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls
Sign
Sign
In Libby, Monatana they have sever…
In Libby, Monatana they have seve…
From the other side they look bett…
From the other side they look bet…
Pretty nice, huh
Pretty nice, huh
Bonners Ferry Sights & Attractions review
I’m not sure what I expected to see when I saw information on the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Based on the name I think it was different tha… read entire review
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photo by: Hummingbird