Along every journey there are challenges presented as an opportunity to grow in many ways. This summer that challenge has come in the form of snow for us. Not realizing that these mountains like to hold onto their snow like the larger mountain ranges do we have had to embrace patience.
A very generous friend of ours hosted us for over a week, as we hoped that time would give the mountains a chance to shed more snow and consolidate the snow so that we would not posthole like we did in the Kettle range.
After starting off again we came to a pass that was so steep it didn't even have a real trail over it in the summer months, but simply a scramble. So when I looked up its snowy slopes I knew I wouldn't be comfortable going over it. This gave us the opportunity to accept the moment and with our friends endless generosity we made our way to the other side of that same pass by driving around and we continued our hike from there.
With several cool and rainy days the mountains seemed to be rejoicing in the fact that they could continue to hold their snow. In a few short days we came face to face with another range enrobed in snow. Now to choose, do we go through the mountains or find a way around them. We decide to give it a try with the option to turn back at any time.
There turned out to be a bit more open ground than I expected there to be, a pleasant surprise. There were some spots that required me to face my fears of snow, but thankfully there were no dangerous slopes so we were able to make our way along the beautiful ridge trail. While we were up there the clouds parted and spectacular views surrounded us.
After an exhausting yet satisfying day of snow walking we camped just below Mount Pend Oreille. The sunset was gorgeous, nicely accenting Lake Pend Oreille below us. In the early morning hours we woke to our tarp weighed down with a layer of unexpected fresh snow. We had expected to continue along the ridge several miles further but this changed things. Thankfully we were camped right next to a trail that dropped from the ridge down to a lake and then on to a dirt road.
It turned out to be the perfect option. It was a beautiful forest walk, a true winter wonderland scene. A brief stop at the lake to enjoy the view and a quick snack, then we followed moose tracks the rest of the way to the road. It snowed on us all the way to the road and then turned to rain.
Nature has a wonderful way of showing us just how much we can do and adjust to. Right now we are enjoying a day off in Clark Fork, a quiet and laid back town.
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