Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Today's drive.

These apples look ready to pick at the Sherman Creek Orchard.

Our campsite at Sherman Pass NFS Campground.

Our backyard.

Good bed of coals in back for cooking and a fire in...

First time I roasted weenies since I was a kid!

(Ron Writing) This morning we left Colville, WA heading west on WA-20. We crossed the Columbia River at Kettle Falls, WA and continued west on WA-20 climbing high into the mountains of the Kettle River Range in the Colville National Forest. Highway 20 follows Sherman Creek which drains the east side of this range into the Columbia River.

Along the way we spotted a sign for the Sherman Creek Orchard directing us just a mile off the highway. We found this 50-acre orchard selling all sorts of freshly picked fruit. We got a variety of apples, prunes, plums, peaches, and nectarines. They also had some great looking pears but we already had a good stock of them. We love to eat fresh fruit and we have a good supply now. The prices here were quite a bit less than in the supermarkets.

We also stopped at a few interpretive sites along the route and learned about the history of logging in this area and also the work of the CCC during the depression.

We continued on to Sherman Pass (5,575’) where there is an interpretive site and a small Forest Service campground. After looking around we decided to stay here for the night. The campground has nice large back-in sites that are well-spaced and very private. There are only 9 campsites and we are the only campers here so we really have quiet and privacy. The normal fee is $6/night but from Sept. 5 until next spring it is free!

Elena prepared dinner while I rounded up some firewood and built a campfire. After we had a nice bed of coals we roasted vegetables and hot dogs. We seldom eat hot dogs and I can’t remember roasting any since I was a little kid. For dessert we had roasted marshmallows. Great food, great fun, in our beautiful backyard!

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