6-20-14 to 7-1-14 After a much appreciated rest in Clark Fork we continued on with our hike. As we first climbed back up into the mountains it seemed as if we were going to be blessed with less snow and more open walking. A melted out dirt road snaked its way along the ridge, giving us an easy walking surface.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the landscape opened up, and that the route took us on some really beautiful ridges and trails. I love expansive views like the picture above. It is in these moments that I can feel my being fully expanding out in every direction, totally melding with nature and the beyond.
While many of the open ridges were sufficiently melted out, we found that the forested hillsides were holding onto over 3 feet of snow. While it was not impossible to hike on, it was slow moving and tiring after several miles at a time trying to stick to the hillsides. We adjusted to the snowy terrain, sending out intentions for more warm weather.
When we got to Wallace we decided to take a week off to let the snow melt more extensively. We stayed in the Stardust Motel, and made the quaint town our home.
Wallace is a town of fun and unique sights to behold. Bernie was hoping that this flying saucer might take him on a longer adventure than just the Idaho Centennial Trail. And then we were offered free passes to the water park in Kellogg Idaho, just down valley from where we were staying. We had a fun filled day of playing in the water, and Bernie had the opportunity to try out surfing on the wave machine, it brought back fond memories of surfing in his college years at Santa Cruz.
The whole town of Wallace is in the Historical Register. There are many amazing buildings to admire no matter the direction that you turn. Its great to see many of them being kept up or renovated. I sense the ones that are in rougher condition will be spruced up in the next decade.
As our week came to an end, we started getting ready to start up the trail again. But then we received a call from our friend Ron who had been so kind to us at the start of the trail, and he said he was going to have 5 days off for the 4th of July weekend. He wanted to meet up with us for a hike. So we looked at options for meeting up with him, and we all decided Coeur d'alene was a good spot to rendezvous.
I was looking through the Couchsurfing site for potential places to stay for a couple of nights until Ron could pick us up. While I was looking through profiles I recognized a guy that I had just talked to a couple of days before in a museum in Wallace. The Universe provides for us in unexpected ways! We stayed with him and his wife, a very generous and kind couple.
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