Tag Archives: Colville National Forest

Big Meadow Lake

One of our favorite places to camp and hike is at Big Meadow Lake in the Colville National Forest.  We took our children there many times, and now we are taking our grandchildren there.

Big Meadow Lake

Recently, we had a Saturday afternoon to spend with family, so we drove out to Big Meadow Lake to have some fun.

Big Meadow Lake

My six year old granddaughter and I are looking out over the swamp to see what we can see.  This area has an abundance of wildlife, including moose.  But we didn’t see moose on this day.


It seems that only Daddy can reach the trees on either side of the path.

Bunchberry and Strawberry

As well as an abundance of wildlife, there is a wonderful variety of flora.  In the above photo, wild strawberry and bunchberry grow side by side.

Big Meadow Lake

As you hike, you can walk in the deep woods, open areas, on pine needle laden paths, foot bridges and wooden walkways.

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake is stocked with trout and bass.  We love to take our canoe out, but a kayak or rowboat will do.

Big Meadow Lake

No jet skis, or other large noisy watercraft allowed. 

As beautiful as the lake is, you don’t want to swim here.  There are leeches in this lake!

Big Meadow Lake

Isn’t the reflective quality absolutely gorgeous?!

Big Meadow Lake

The baby ducks were soaking up the rays on the dock.  They had no fear of us.

Big Meadow Lake

Big Meadow Lake is a precious jewel in the wilderness and we were treated to a fabulous afternoon for a walk in the woods!

Sherman Pass

Recently, Hubby packed a picnic lunch and took me on a day trip.  The sky was blue and the sunshine felt great!  We couldn’t have asked for a better day for a long drive in the car!

If you like history, then you will enjoy the next few blog posts!

We began the drive by heading west…to Sherman Pass.  There is still plenty of snow up there!

White Mountain

Sherman Pass is located on the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway in my home state of Washington.  It traverses the Colville National Forest in the Cascade Range.

Sherman Pass

Sherman Pass Elevation

Although these wolves are metal, we do have wolves in our corner of the state.  I have seen them once…in my back yard.  Many of the ranchers in my area are having difficulties with wolves.  As you can imagine, wolves are a very controversial subject here.

Wolves Sculpture

Wolf Sculpture

This little fella is a Clark’s Nutcracker.  He didn’t mind at all having his picture taken.

Clark's Nutcracker

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Log Flume Heritage Site

I have enjoyed having my family staying with me all week.  Yesterday, we took a hike at a nearby log flume heritage site, and I thought I’d share a few photos with you.  Click here here for a map.

This is an easy hike with some of the logging history of the area.  There is plenty of wildlife, including beaver, but with noisy grandchildren in tow, I concentrated more on the flora rather than the fauna.

And last, but not least, my almost five year old grandaughter modeling the stylish way to wear a raincoat.  She wore it that way all day.

Photo Friday – Mushrooms at Big Meadow Lake

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

One of Hubby’s and my favorite places to canoe and hike is at Big Meadow Lake.  It is peaceful and an awesome home for all sorts of wildlife…deer, moose, cougar, bear, ducks, eagles and more.  Although power boats are allowed, we’ve rarely been disturbed by them when paddling.

A hike is great any day, but this particular rainy October day (You don’t mind a bit of reminiscing do you?), we hiked and came across many varieties of mushrooms.  I don’t know the names of any, but that doesn’t make the enjoyment of them any less.  Here’s a sampling from that hike: