Rich McCrea
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My interests are Western History, especially Lewis and Clark, wildlife, birds and forestry.

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Hi Rich, You've got some really nice photos but I'm curious about this one. What is it a better route to? I'm asking because I'm driving myself crazy trying to find a route to Kelly Creek where it meets Cayuse creek, coming from route 12. Thanks, Bill

That is neat....My Dad used to tell me stories about driving Lolo Pass when it was still a dirt road..its an incredibly beautiful place..that is neat how your Dad named that rock. I find it quite fascinating where logs can end up after floods

Thanks Sarge.....I appreciate your comments. Sometimes I generalize my labeling of geographic areas and I mess it up!

Thanks Lancil....fortunately antelope are fairly easy to approach..this big guy was right near the road!
Happy New Year from Idaho USA!

thanks for the correction..although I was referring "thinking about" the big picture and not individual plants

The weather was rainy and very cloudy on this trip. We followed the old Lewis and Clark Trail which is basically the route the that Nez Perce used for thousands of years. Signs of the old trail are probably all gone, and the current road more or less follows that route. The country is beautiful, vast and extremely remote with mountains as far as the eye can see.

The photo of a Columbian Ground Squirrel, first described by Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, in 1805 and 1806. Lewis would have seen many of these animals along the Bitterroot River, Clarks Fork River and on the Clearwater River and all the drainages. They range in the Rocky Mountains from southern Idaho to eastern Washington and western Montana, up into BC and Alberta. This little guy homesteaded in a small meadow off the South Fork of the Payette River, near the Sawtooth Mountains.

Thanks. fox are very common in the Western US. The coloration in the rocks compared to the fox are interesting.

Clark writes in his journal on October 19th, 1805.

".....14 miles to a rock in a Larb. resembling a hat just below a rapid at the lower Point of an Island in the Midl. of the river 7 lodges and opposit the head of one on the Stard. Side 5 lodges..."

Not far from that location Clark ascended a high cliff about 200 feet above the water and wrote

"....I descovered a high mountain of emence hight covered with Snow, this must be one of the mountains laid down by Vancouver, as Seen from the mouth of the Columbia River...".

Clark thought he had spotted Mt. Saint Helens but the high peak he saw was in all probability Mt. Adams, in the Cascade Range. Lewis and Clark were familiar with the voyages of Captain George Vancouver of the Royal Navy, and his explorations of the west coast and the Columbia River, and they must have been thrilled to see terrain that they previously read about.


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