Day 257 – Salmon – Bitterroot Country

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Day 257 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Today ended up being a lot of driving and a lot of road construction.  I tried visiting Bonanza and Custer, two ghost towns from the mining days, but the road to the towns was closed for two hours at a time.  When the flagger heard me say, “Ok, I’ll skip it then”, he let out a sigh of relief!  Instead, I snapped a quick photo of a dam that was erected in 1910 and blown up in 1934 as it was prohibiting salmon from swimming upstream to spawn.

Lake Como

We followed the river, passed by multi-colored cliffs, and golden hills for miles before climbing Lost Trail Pass, a place where Lewis and Clark camped, and eventually stopping for a hike around Lake Como.  The partially paved and dirt trail wound though the forest and provided intermittent views of the lake.

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

After strolling the edges of Lake Como, we took another walk through Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Almost dusk, we followed a trail along the river where deer stopped for a nightly drink.  As the sun set, we continued on to Missoula for the night. ETB

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