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.