Motorcycling Through the Pend Oreille National Forest

Deer Park, WA

Sunday morning we watched the final round of the British Open.  One of the nice things about being in the Pacific Time Zone is that it was on very early and ended before 11:00 am.  After the golf we climbed on the Harley and set out to the north,with a circular route that would take us through the Pend Oreille (pond-a-ray) National Forest, then south along the Pend Oreille River and back to Deer Park.  One of the sites along the way is Crystal Falls, a nice waterfall a short walk from the road.

Crystal Falls

Looking down over the falls

The view over the falls

We sat on an overlook near the falls and enjoyed a light lunch that Pam prepared for us.  It was nice just listening to the roar of the falls and enjoying the strong odor of the pine trees.

One of the neat things about extended travelling is that you get to explore areas of the country that you never knew existed.  We had never heard of the Pend Oreille River but found it to be a very beautiful, wide body of water.  There were many campgrounds and cabins along the river and a few small boats enjoying the day.  One boat was towing three youngsters on rafts who were obviously having a great time.

As we headed back to Deer Park, we went through Newport, WA, the county seat of Pend Oreille County.  One of the things we like to do as we visit small towns is to tour a local museum.  Newport has a small museum so we stopped to check it out.

Pend Oreille County Museum

One of the interesting items in the museum was a safe from a local bank used years ago.  The safe itself wasn’t all that interesting, it was where the safe was made that caught our attention.

Yes, it was made in our former home town of York, PA.

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2 Responses to Motorcycling Through the Pend Oreille National Forest

  1. Marsha says:

    We really never got used to PST. Sometimes it was great because shows were on early, but we found that we had to TVO most of the shows. We were still out sightseeing when they came on.
    We totally missed Pend Oreille. It looks absolutely beautiful. I love the color of the River.
    Why is that nut standing so close to the edge? I HATE when Paul does that. Makes me crazy with fear.
    If Settler’s Cabin could talk, it would have quiet a story. Wonder what it saw as it floated down the river?
    WOW…did the safe make you two homesick?
    Glad you had a great day in a place I have never heard of. Enjoy your week of adventure.

  2. Deb says:

    I had never heard of this particular Nat. Forest either. It makes you wonder how many others there are that go unnoticed, so to speak. The falls looks nice!

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