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Catmandoo

Dust has been blown across the Atlantic Ocean for thousands of years. Aeolian dust storms of very fine particulates cross the ocean and affect the color of sunrises of Florida.  In the northern latitudes, dust from Siberia and the Gobi Desert is blown eastward, across Alaska. The wind originates with the Siberian Low centers. As a bonus in addition to dust, radioactive particles from above ground Russian nuclear testing during the previous century, was blown eastward, over Alaska and the Yukon.

Breath deep the gathering gloom.

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gigantor

Off topic and political. I've deleted the irrelevant posts.

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gigantor

I'm stalking skunk apes in south Florida, no luck so far

 

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wiiawiwb

Maybe you should experiment and use a Mojito or Mai Tai as bait?

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NorthWind

Fly me down there. I can show you where to look. Heck, I'm such a nice guy, I'd even let you test @wiiawiwb's bait on me.

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hiflier
53 minutes ago, wiiawiwb said:

use a Mojito or Mai Tai as bait?

 

Good idea! Though I hear just one isn't enough. Five, six, or even more is better, and afterwards they say you'll start seeing pink Skunk Apes everywhere.

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norseman

Yesterday
Left Colville to Ione, past Sullivan lake up over Pass creek pass, Hughes meadows in Idaho (44 degrees/rain) down to Priest river, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry and crashed last night on a FS road called Cougar ridge above Yaak river. 
 

Today

Drove to Yaak, then over to Koocanusa lake, Libby Dam, Kootenai river into Libby. Currently eating ice cream. Gonna go back to Troy, go down the Bull River to Clark Fork river and then on to Lolo hot springs to go soak. More pictures to come. Its very possible to go from NE Washington to NW Montana by FS dirt roads. But past Nordman, Idaho to Bonners Ferry Idaho I dont know the way.

 

The rivers are all swollen, it looks like spring.

 

The massive cedars in Wa/Id line were a treat.

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BC witness

I really like that part of the PNW. My wife and I hunted the headwaters of the Yaak for almost a decade, with pretty good success. One 10 day trip we took a mulie each, a whitetail each, and a nice 6x6 elk. On another outing there, we watched a big cougar chase a couple of bleating whitetails down a creekbed, and our friends in a nearby camp had a grizzly charge into the camp as they were lighting the evening fire; George dropped it in the firepit, right next to where Dave had been standing seconds before!

 

Rivers here are very high too, we're on flood watch on the Fraser right now, which has normally crested at the end of May. 

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hiflier

Thanks, Norseman. Just stunning terrain. May lightening never strike those forests. Those trees have to be 80 ft. if their an inch. Um....nice pile of um.....stuff ya got there. Whaddya think? Moose? Elk? Certainly small enough to be elk. Doesn't have the shapeless mass of a bear.

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wiiawiwb

Beautiful Norse and thanks for sharing. For years, I flirted with the idea of relocating to the Kalispell area or maybe even Missoula.  They seem large enough of a city to make a living yet access to so much from an outdoor activity perspective. Coeur d'Alene, ID also looks like it could offer the same.

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norseman

It was almost a four hour run to Lolo hot springs from Libby. Not many pictures. Sorry. We soaked in the dark and watched fireworks. We left about ten and took first FS road outta town.

 

We camped next to kids partying all night. :/


Today we went over Lolo pass. Lots of campers on the Lochsa river. Getting fuel at Kamiah, Id and gonna head back into the woods!

 

Two pics.

 

Cabinet mtns- Bull river MT.

 

Outside Lolo hot springs (party hardy camp)

 

 

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19 hours ago, hiflier said:

Thanks, Norseman. Just stunning terrain. May lightening never strike those forests. Those trees have to be 80 ft. if their an inch. Um....nice pile of um.....stuff ya got there. Whaddya think? Moose? Elk? Certainly small enough to be elk. Doesn't have the shapeless mass of a bear.


Its Bear. Not sure which kind.

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norseman
20 hours ago, BC witness said:

I really like that part of the PNW. My wife and I hunted the headwaters of the Yaak for almost a decade, with pretty good success. One 10 day trip we took a mulie each, a whitetail each, and a nice 6x6 elk. On another outing there, we watched a big cougar chase a couple of bleating whitetails down a creekbed, and our friends in a nearby camp had a grizzly charge into the camp as they were lighting the evening fire; George dropped it in the firepit, right next to where Dave had been standing seconds before!

 

Rivers here are very high too, we're on flood watch on the Fraser right now, which has normally crested at the end of May. 


I had never been up into the Yaak valley. The bar in the town of Yaak had a bigfoot on top of it! Took a wrong turn and was presented with a no tress passing sign that said “Tom Oar Does NOT  live here”. The guy from the show Mountain men. Too funny!

 

We have only seen whitetail and mule deer the whole trip. No Elk, no Moose. Kinda weird

11 hours ago, wiiawiwb said:

Beautiful Norse and thanks for sharing. For years, I flirted with the idea of relocating to the Kalispell area or maybe even Missoula.  They seem large enough of a city to make a living yet access to so much from an outdoor activity perspective. Coeur d'Alene, ID also looks like it could offer the same.


Heck Spokane is big. And right on the jump off point to lots of wilderness.

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Kiwakwe

Beautiful country Norseman, Thanks for the upload. My humble submission from the R side.  I had a report from a guy who heard a roar near here a while back. He was camping, 2 am, Said it was incredibly loud, assumed it must have had massive lungs, scared the heck out of him. We got out there today, it's local. Nice hike up the mountain through cankered Beech, Oak and Maple.

 

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norseman

Stayed on the north fork of the clear water. Going out to Superior MT. Its like 110 miles back in here! Headquarters ID has big clear cuts Good for elk and moose browse. Also cool old buildings
 

We hit everything from western red cedar down low to alpine fir up high. Not much for wildlife other than deer.

 

A guy could spend years back in here. 
 

The pack bridge brought back some memories! (Fisher crick)

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norseman

I didnt stop to take this picture but thought you guys would get a kick out of it.

 

Yaak MT Saloon

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