Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Chapter 30 - Walla Walla to Clarkston, WA / Lewiston, ID
Our drive this morning over to Clarkston, Washington is only 100 miles and maybe will take as long as 2-1/2 hours. Considering this rather short drive we tried our very best not to leave too early, but despite our best efforts, we arrive at our next campsite by 10:30 am. Our planned stay for the next two nights is at the Hells Canyon Resort which is located directly on the Snake River in Clarkston, Washington. Clarkston is located directly on the Idaho Washington state line and directly across the river from Lewiston, Idaho.
Our RV Park came as a pleasant surprise amidst all of these rugged mountains. The park sat directly on the Snake River and the space that we were assigned had an unobstructed view of the river and the surrounding heights.
Hells Gate State Park is a large 960 acre park that runs for a mile or more along the Snake River. At the far end of the park is a large campground that sits among numerous large shade trees (unlike our own park) and while the campground was scarcely occupied during our drive thru, when we checked later at the registration office they told us that their campground was almost 100% occupied on the summer weekends. This state park was also covered with numerous wide and paved trails that are undoubtedly popular for walking, jogging, and biking. Most of the trails offered wonderful views of the Snake River and the cliff walls on its far side. After our short drive through the park, we visited the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center near the entrance to the park where quite to our pleasant surprise Cabo was allowed to enter. The exhibits inside the center focused entirely on the Lewis and Clark Expedition with a special emphasis on their passage through the Lewiston area. Plus it should come as no surprise that inside the Center they had a very well stocked gift store. The Center itself sat directly on the Snake River. This photo of Kathy and Cabo was taken immediately on the river side of the building.
Once our touring of the Hells Gate State Park and the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center was completed we returned to our campground to enjoy the remainder of the day in the comfort of our air conditioning. The temperature was once again into the high 90s.
This final photograph of the day was taken right at sunset about 9:00 PM Pacific Coast Time. The silhouettes in the foreground of the picture are William Clark and Sacagawea who had recently joined us for cocktails and were on their way home.
We mentioned earlier our plans for today: The Nez Perce Indian Reservation, specifically the Nez Perce National Historical Park located about 15 miles east of our campsite, and Hells Canyon located south of Clarkston, distance unknown. Before we left on our tourist excursions Kathy ran over to the local Walmart for a few needed supplies and I took this sunrise photograph. Wow, hard to believe. William Lewis and Sacagawea are still out front; they never went home?
We took many photographs of our drive down the Hells Canyon every one of them however, can only give a suggestion as to the beauty of this area. This was our final tourist activity for the day. We returned to our home on wheels, relaxed as always, and prepared for another long drive tomorrow, all the way to Missoula, Montana.