Friday, Sprocket and I headed over to the Cabinet Mountains, it’s a nice drive over Thompson Pass from here (only about an hour and half). I had dinner in Noxon, Montana before heading up to the trailhead.
We spent the night cuddled up in the back of the Cherokee. Sprocket’s a good cuddler. Unfortunately, Saturday was really cloudy. Up at elevation we were completely socked in. Sprocket didn’t really mind and ran around like a crazy dog. I was a little nervous because there was bear scat everywhere but we hiked out to Cliff Lake and thought about hiking up St. Paul peak.
After a brief stop for Sprocket to swim in the lake, we headed towards St. Paul Peak. Just above the lake though the clouds were absolutely solid. There isn’t an official trail to the top so we gave up. It was even to thick to consider going over Milwaukee Pass towards St. Paul Lakes. Sprocket played some more in the lake and we headed back to the car.
Rather than immediately head home, we headed over to Sandpoint, traveling north around Lake Pend Oreille. In Sandpoint, I checked out the tourist shops (yup, a tourist town is still just a tourist town…) and sampled wine at Pend d’Oreille Winery (the wines were okay but nothing really special).
After the wine, we headed down to Spokane where I did a little more shopping. And yes, a little more wine tasting at Latah Creek Winery (the Merlot really was good, everything else was just okay).
It definitely wasn’t quite the weekend I’d been hoping for…between the weather and starting up the woodstove for the first time this year, fall was definitely in the air.