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FROM MONTANA THROUGH IDAHO TO WASHINGTON

On to Spokane to visit friends

semi-overcast 75 °F

Hi there!

Traveling through the Rocky Mountains is breath-taking both in its scenery and climbing the steep grades and going down the other side! After leaving Helena I headed in a northwesterly direction by-passing Butte, the copper capitol. It was there that I crossed the Continenal Divide where the elevation is 5,538'. As you recall, Sante Fe's elevation is 7,199'. Climbing to the 'Divide' in Butte was steeper than that of Albuquerque and Sante Fe which was gradual. The MH and the semi's labored up these mountains on the way to Idaho. I-90 winds its way along the rivers as does the railroad. Many long freight trains were observed with multiple engines pulling the laden cars through the mountain passes. Not long after crossing the State Line into Idaho the landscape became tamer. The mountains became hills. Coeur d' Alene Lake and the city is just about 30 miles east of Spokane. More on Coeur d' Alene later when we visit it next week. The lake is a large and beautiful body of water.

Plans were to go to the Spokane Elks Lodge to use as an RV base in the city. I learned that they no longer have an RV Park so other arrangements had to be made. My friend, Pat is flying in from Minneapolis/St. Paul on Saturday to spend some time with me. Our plans are to connect with friends, Gary & Linda Baker, Spokane residents, tour their city & Coeur d' Alene, ID then drive across the US/Canadian border to Banff & Lake Louise for a week. We are looking forward to the trip as others have said it is beautiful to see.

A little family-related historical trivia: My mother's family came from the Spokane area. Our Mother attended Washington State Univ. on a scholarship (she was Valedictorian of her high school class) and transferred to St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane where she graduated. It was in 1943 at a nursing school-sponsored dance where my parents met, Dad being a soldier stationed at Fairchild Army Air Base in Spokane. My maternal grandfather was born near Spokane in 1885 four years before Washington became a State (1889). Being from a large frontier family (12 or so children) he and his siblings were required to go to work at age 10 to help support the family. I remember Grandpa telling me of working as a stable boy, cleaning the horse stalls at the age of ten. The frontier town pop. of Spokane then was 300 residents. There must be a little horse manure in my veins coming from my grandfather! Today, the Spokane metro area has a pop. of 545,000!

Posted by dixter 15:28 Archived in USA Tagged to getting spokane

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