Lake Pend Oreille, looking across to the easterly shore

It’s Pronounced “Ponderay”


WC has written before about the ginormous, ancient, vanished Idaho lakes and the incredible floods they produced. The Bonneville Flood, a one-timer, happened some 17,500 years ago, when Lake Bonneville overtopped the soft rocks of Red Rock Pass, flooding much of the length of the Snake River, and the middle and lower Columbia River. The…

Railroad tunnel, Hiawatha Bicycle Trail, Idaho

Riding the Hiawatha


The Hiawatha was the Milwaukee Railroad’s luxury passenger train, which made the run from Chicago to Seattle. She made her last run in 1961, in the railroad’s third and last bankruptcy. The railroad’s assets were sold. The purchasers salvaged the steel rails, but some of the roadbed, including the stretch from Missoula, Montana to Coeur…

Salmon-free prime spawning habitat, headwaters of the Salmon River, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho

The Forest Service Tries Passive-Aggressive


All of the salmonid species in Idaho’s Salmon River are either endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Chinook and Red Salmon; Steelhead. No to mention Bull Trout. Some of the best spawning habitat is in the headwaters of the Salmon River, in the Sawtooth National Forest, and especially the Sawtooth National Recreation…

Idaho and Climate Change


Unlike Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy, Idaho’s Governor Brad Little recognizes the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Better still, Idaho is trying to plan for the change that can’t be avoided and to avoid fossil fuels as much as possible. That’s part of the reason Idaho Power, Idaho’s largest electric utility, has committed to stop use…

Western Tanager, Poison Creek Picnic Area, Owyhee County, Owyhee Scenic Byway

An Owyhee Photo Sampler


“Owyhee” is an early spelling of the 50th state, Hawai’i. The Owyhee Mountains, ancient volcanoes, are named by early fur trappers. In 1819, three Hawai’ian, part of Donald McKenzie’s fur-trapping expedition, were sent to trap a large stream that emptied into the Snake River. When they did not return, McKenzie investigated and found one man murdered…