I returned from my trip a couple of days ago. I finished my Idaho work Friday afternoon, and my colleagues in Missoula weren't ready. There went the Montana leg of my trip, and I was a little disappointed because I wanted to travel Highway 200 through northwest Montana. But, whatever...I found myself finished for the weekend and only 30 minutes south of British Columbia. My boss and his wife decided to head south to Coeur d'Alene for the weekend and I decided to head north.
The International Selkirk Loop is a 280-mile scenic byway. The southern loop runs through Priest Lake and Sandpoint, Idaho. The eastern loop runs north from Sandpoint through Bonners Ferry, north to the US Port of Entry in Porthill, Idaho, and along Kootenay Lake in British Columbia. The north loop commences via ferry from the northeast shore of Kootenay Lake. After that, a short drive west to Nelson. The western loop runs south from Nelson to the Colville National Forest and through the US Port of Entry at Metaline Falls, Washington.
How do I put this... Just WOW!!!! The picture here is facing northwest from the southeast shore of Kootenay Lake. This is probably one of my better photographs (my eye is good when I'm sober). Me and CharlieDelta will have to come up here together in my boat and get our fishing on.
BC-3A dead-ends at the north end of the lake, and you have to take a ferry ride across. The highway takes you west to Nelson, BC, which is where the movie Roxanne was filmed. Be sure to click on the photos for high resolution action.
Nelson is pretty damn cool, except for the hippie factor. Normally, I can tolerate hippies but this place was too fucking much. Anyway, Nelson, British Columbia pictured below.
I proceeded to have a delicious dinner on the lake and got hammered with several Canadians and a guy from Jersey that evening. I was astonished at how conservative the Canadian blokes were. One was talking about how Canada should round up the Muslims like America did to the Japanese during WWII. Evidently, the Muslims are forcing their culture down Canada's throat and becoming more aggressive and disrespectful (sound familiar?)! And another bloke was making fun of us "Yankees" (that's what they call us) for even considering the concept of socialized medicine. "Since I have to wait 6 fucking months to get my teeth cleaned, I just drive to either Idaho or Washington and pay one of you Yankees to do it for me! We have the best medical system in the world provided that we don't use it! Dumb-ass Americans getting dumber by the day!" BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I love Canada. I always have!