faces-4Short but hard day that regained lost elevation.

73-Winchester, ID We left for the big climb early in the morning before the heat set in and noticed one of the side roads ominously named “Fort Misery”. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The other side of the hill opened up unexpectedly into a vast agricultural area known as the Camas Prairie. This area between the Clearwater River here in the north and the Salmon River in the south was a traditional gathering place for the Nez Perce and a place where they gathered the perennial camas roots for thousands of years. Now the fields are covered with a large diversity of traditional annual crops such as barley, wheat, oats and peas, all harvested by modern methods. The bright yellow flower in the panoramic is one variety of rape plant whose seeds are used to make canola oil, the field mustard rape. We followed its bright yellow fields most of the day. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFUDb-day.73-096FUDb-day.73-077FUDb-day.73-086 The tail end of our ride took us past Lawyer Canyon, named after the Indian Chief who signed the controversial 1863 treaty that shrunk the Nez Percce reservation to 10% of its original size, and a number of large wooden trestle bridges used for action shots in movies. We stayed in Winchester, ID, a town on the Camas Prairie with a population of 340 with seemingly no relation to the rifle. We hung out at a local bar owned by a split Norwegian/Snoqualmie descendent. This is her daughter. She had our full attention since we were the only ones there. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFUDb-day.73-098