Our drive from Creston,BC primarily on Hwy 95 south to Clarkston,WA/Lewiston,ID.Crossing into the USA had an issue with the border agent who had an attitude. In all our crossings over the past 8 years have not had an inspection inside. Well she obviously did not like us and looked in the refrigerator took our Halos and my bamboo plant. Admoished us for trying to bring a plant and oranges back to USA. Said anything we buy in the USA should have receipt. Gave us a lecture on knowing items to carry across the border.
Our home for the next 2 weeks is Hell's Canyon RV Resort on the Snake River in Clarkston, WA. We are quite impressed with the park and must admit in all our private and military campgrounds, this one has it right and the only one to have 2 connections on both sides of pad so you can pull in from either direction. We are in #35 until the 25th and back again on the 27th. Reason is originally we had a reservation for 2 June and due to a Fantasy Tour Group arriving on 25th, we have to move to backin #55. This is OK with us.
|Note 2 Hookups on Each Side|
|View of Campground|
The campground also has a very nice indoor pool, nice store, 2 laundry facilities and marina. Would definitely recommend this campground. Owners are prior RV'ers.
|Office, Store and Pool|
On the sidewalk by the Marina displays the Lewis and Clark timeline done by local artists. Below are some of the stones.Very nice display.
|List of Artists|
This is our first visit to area and quite impressed . The area sits in the Lewis and Clark Valley at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers..gateway to Hells Canyon. This is area where Lewis & Clark met the Nez Perce. There are miles and miles of pathways along the rivers for hiking, biking and walking. The area is also referred to as "Banana Belt" of the Pacific Northwest because of the mild climate. The wine industry is re-emerging receiving many accolades. Vines were planted in 1872. By 1908, 40 varieties of grapes were being cultivated. In 1910, Lewiston voted a ban on alcoholic beverages and the industry crashed. Most of the wine was turned into vinegar and the industry disappeared until the late 1990's. To learn more go to lewisandclarkwine.com.
The area also abounds in fishing, hunting and outdoor activities. The biggest steelhead fishing derby takes place in November during Thanksgiving.
Tomorrow we are going to explore the Nez Perce NHP and other sites along Hwy 95 south.