Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Six

I forgot to add a video I took from Chief Temuut’su Bridge last time, so here it is. This is really such a beautiful and peaceful place, so just relax for a bit.

Shortly after seeing the sailboat in the last post, guess what? We were in Idaho!

It was now about 7:40 p.m. Good thing we were going north so it stayed lighter later!

These cliffs along the Wawawai River were just beginning to green up.

We then entered the Nez Perce Reservation. Thereʻs a great map of where it is here, which also gives information about the treaty that was signed giving the Nez Perce this land.


Before the White man came to settle the northwest the Nimi’ipuu lived in peaceful groups traveling seasonally with the deep canyons cut by the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers.


This is a wonderful Nez Perce legend:

Beautiful Nez Perce country.

And because Kikue and I love horses, here is some very interesting information about the Nez Perce People and Appaloosa horses. I particularly liked reading the quote at the bottom of the article, even though it made me really sad.

It was now about 7:30 p.m., and here we saw the first sign for Orofino, just a few miles further on…as well as for Missoula, which we knew was quite a ways beyond that.

We were still traveling along the Wawawai River and the Nez Perce trail.

We could have stayed on the main highway, which would follow along the river all the way to Orofino. But does Mokihana go the usual way? Or does the wanderlust get to her, making her want to take all the back roads? I guess by now you know the answer to that one!

Instead of crossing the Arrow Bridge over to Highway 12, we continued North up Highway 3 towards the town of Juliaetta.

Just past the junction, we saw this house up on the hill. What a view it must have! And check out the tire tracks behind it; gotta be 4WD, right? And imagine what itʻd look like in the snow!

Pīpī for AFK!

We’re now driving along the Potlatch River. It’s about 7:40 p.m.

The sun was starting to go down; you can just see it on top of the hills. We’re now in Mountain Time, which means it’s really 8:40 p.m. But I forgot to change the camera time!

This is the Potlatch River, just south of the small town of Juliaetta. I kept wanting to say Julietta, but nope. Itʻs Juliaetta.

When this barn was built, I wondered if the road had been a highway or just a narrow country road.

The hills above Little Potlatch Creek. The sun was going down really fast now. Well, really. It wasn’t moving any faster than it had been, but it sure seemed like it.

Okay, try figure this one out. Try look da little cabin or whatever up on the rocks. Why would someone put it there?

About 8:45 p.m., we entered Latah, Idaho. There’s some interesting information about this county here. The town is located in Nez Perce country, and the history of it is fascinating. Go read. I’ll wait till you come back.

K’den. A couple of minutes later, we were leaving the town.

Blurry photo, but you can kinda see what the town looks like.

If we were going to be around on the 29th, I bet this would’ve been a fun festival to go to!

This is the Kendrick Mansion, up on the hill in Kendrick, Idaho. I wasn’t able to find out any information about it, but it sure looks like a great place to explore, yeah?

Now we’re leaving the town of Kendrick.

We cross over the Potlatch River as the sun begins to go down over the hills.

We head up the hill and wonder what adventures await us around the corner.

This looked like the ruins of an old building of some sort, but I don’t know what it was.

So this is as far as we went this time; from the Arrow Bridge to Kendrick. The shaded part of the photo is part of the Nez Perce Reservation.

Next time, we see an awesome sunset! Hope you’ll join us.

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2 Responses to Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Six

  1. RONW says:

    impossible how they trucked the material to build the house on the hill. As for the barn on the side of the road, when it was built never had sidewalk or Starbucks across the street.

  2. AFK says:

    Maybe a man built that little cabin on that ridge as his “doghouse” where he would go after fighting with his wife. ;-P

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