South as far as one can go these days was our pursuit. Turning west at the Nelway Border Crossing a gravel road winds alongside the Pend d’Oreille River and U.S. Canada Border.  

At one of the unofficial campsites a kaleidoscope of butterflies caught our eye. What were they doing? Apparently some butterflies get their nutrients from damp sand, a behaviour called “mud puddling.” As soon as we approached they took flight from their oasis. Further west the river has been harnessed. Seven Mile Dam has been producing power since 1979.

Driving the Old Cascade Highway from Rossland to Christina Lake one really gains respect for the folks who relied on this route up and over two mountain summits. With many twists and turns the narrow gravel road runs somewhat parallel to the U.S. Canada Border. How times have changed. An active logging road, today we ride it for pleasure. Oddly it also serves as a conduit for fibre optic cable.

Author: Tulák

Curious – what’s around the next corner? Wandering, searching to find, where do I belong? Between the old and new world. Always looking for an adventure.

3 thoughts on “Loop-zzzee-do”

  1. Glad to see your putting some miles on. You could also go north from Grand Forks and wind up in Edgewood


    1. Glad as always to have been brought along with you Ann & Laddi. You revealed a road I wasn’t aware of, yet to take myself (alone now without Dirk) on such a road in my 20 year old Honda CRV, seems ill-advised. How blessed you two are to have each other an the Mog to take you off the beaten paths! The only time I saw butterflies getting nutrients from the mud as you did, was very near where you did, but just over the border at Nelway driving east to Sullivan Lake. We were fascinated. Enjoy some more back roads. I like Len Hewat’s suggestion…a route I’ve always wanted to take. Plenty rewarding routes to enjoy in Beautiful BC!!


  2. What a great short trip always did the the highway to Christina Lake
    Never knew about the backroad


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