Another good sleep I have been very lucky and I guess some skill involved in finding lovely homes and apartments and condos to stay in this trip and last night was no exception..the hosts were very lovely and the room very comfortable and I was on the road by 8 o clock.
It was 130 km to Palouse Falls which in some books is listed as one of the top ten waterfalls in the USA….again I picked a day when the 10 dollar admission fee was waived and the weather was wonderful and sit back and enjoy these falls.
I talked with a ranger and she told me it was possible to hike to those pinnacles and the top of the falls and then very carefully climb down to the bottom so that is what I did.
This guy was sunning himself I think it is a badger but not sure!!!!
This was a difficult hike first I had to get down to these small falls….then along a ledge and finally to the top of the falls!!
It is hard to imagine that 30 yards before this the water is calm and quiet…not now!!
Down stream the canyon…...
A close up of the pinnacles…
The zoom on my camera is amazing….
My next decision was did I want to try and scramble down to the bottom of the falls….the path was a bit dicey
They were on their way up….
I got here
and sat and thought about if I should try to go down and after a few minutes I decided to give it a go…it was hard getting down but made it and the views, the noise and the soaking from the spray made it all worth while!!!!
The climb back was easier than going down and I got back to the car hot and tired but thrilled…..went down to the look out and the notice board..
Now you need to go to You tube and enter kayak over Palouse falls and watch as this desperado goes over the falls!!!
It was then a drive of about two hours to this small old mining town of Roland where I had booked to stay for the night.
Let me set the scene first……I have been on the road almost three weeks and driven around 4500 km
Most days I have tried to incorporate a hike and some days the hikes have been very hard and long and today was no exception so I knew what I wanted for tonight’s accommodation and I found what I was after…a lovely small apartment with a separate entrance, a fridge and micro, Internet and a flat screen TV with satellite…and I have all that and more…
As you can see lovely..I am upstairs surrounded by trees and it was just what I wanted ..I knew there was a hockey game on at 4.30 and the French tennis final tomorrow at 6am…..
So I had a long hot soak in the tub, made tea and sat here
and watched a great game…
So all is well and tomorrow is my last day in the States and I have about a three hour drive and a place booked close to the Canadian border…..
Have a great Sunday!!!