water and steel – october 26-27 2013

Our travels this weekend took us north of home to the Ione Washington area. Saturday we camped at Big Meadow Campground west of Ione. Then we rode the train on Sunday from Ione to Metaline Falls  along the Pend Oreille river. What a great time it was.

Saturday morning we left home on a very foggy dark morning. Visibility was sketchy but we drove at a nice safe speed. The weather was suppose to break later in the day and eventually did.

the fog starting to lift on our drive north along the pend Oreille river.

the fog starting to lift on our drive north along the pend Oreille river.

Our camp spot for the night was at Big Meadow Campground. It is a National Forest campground west of Ione Washington. We have never been to this campground and did not really know what to expect. The road there takes you on a well maintained gravel road up to the mountains. On our way the fog started to lift more and then like it was planed the fog disappeared when we arrived to the campground. There are about 16 sites at the campground in two different loops. There was only one person using the campground so we had a whole loop to ourselves.

big meadow lake

big meadow lake

a view to the west of the lake

a view to the west of the lake

our camp site was great. 30 feet from the lake.

our camp site was great. 30 feet from the lake.

views from the campsite of the lake

views from the campsite of the lake

the campground offers a fishing dock and small boat ramp too.

the campground offers a fishing dock and small boat ramp too.

We set out to hike around the area. There are great trails all around this campground and lake.

on a trail that goes around the lake. we did part of it. next time we will do the whole trail.

on a trail that goes around the lake. we did part of it. next time we will do the whole trail.

such beauty here.

such beauty here.

if you look close you can see where our camper is.

if you look close you can see where our camper is.

We decided to head the other way on the trail past our camp spot and on another trail to the west of the campground. One loop is paved then other loops branch off of that trail. There was a lookout that you could climb up on and see great views.

a neat lookout.

a neat lookout.

up on top of the look out

up on top of the look out

great views

great views

a little fog still hanging around.

a little fog still hanging around.

out hiking

out hiking

We went back to camp and relaxed taking in our surroundings.

a view from my chair

a view from my chair

western larch in their fall colors

western larch in their fall colors

what a lovely place.

what a lovely place.

The next morning we packed up and went to Ione. We found out where we would have to be to ride a short train excursion a while later. We had some time before our train ride so we drove north a short way to Box Canyon Dam. We looked around briefly before we had to be back to Ione. We would be riding on the train above the dam soon afterward.

box canyon dam. one gate on the dam was open.

box canyon dam. one gate on the dam was open.

a view from the upper view point. the tracks are the one we will be on later.

a view from the upper view point. the tracks are the one we will be on later.

We arrived at the depot and got our passes to ride the train. The train has some enclosed cars, open air cars and a caboose. We choose to ride in an open car. The train uses a modern locomotive to pull the cars.

we sat in the car in front of the caboose.

we sat in the car in front of the caboose.

getting ready to go.

getting ready to go.

box canyon dam view from the tracks.

box canyon dam view from the tracks.

the river view behind the dam.

the river view behind the dam.

one gate open but still a lot of water passing through.

one gate open but still a lot of water passing through.

views on the train ride.

views on the train ride.

lots of fall colors

lots of fall colors

the train.

the train.

locomotive switching ends for the ride back to ione.

locomotive switching ends for the ride back to ione.

The train ride returned to Ione, we had a great time. We had a quick lunch then drove home. Another great weekend out with our camper spending time with each other.

When we returned home I winterized the water system in the camper as the weather was turning colder the next day. I think our warmer fall days are over. We still have other trips planed, so for our water needs we use water jugs. Sure the camper is made to handle the cold with its heated compartments but we still winterize it to be safe. So the camper is ready for colder outings now. We just have to wait for the next time we can go, soon I hope.

water and steel – October 26-27 2013

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