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    Ken and Marilyn

Day 12 – No, No, No Your Boat

Yesterday we told you we were going rowing on Little Diamond Lake. Well when we tried to rent a boat we  found out that the office is closed on Tuesday’s, crap! That left little to do but go back to Newport and check out the town.

We saw the Pend Oreille Historical Museum as we were driving around and decided to stop by.


It’s a nice museum housed in the old 1908 train station. They have many nicely done displays like this kitchen scene from years gone by.


A person can spend a lot of time looking around in the main building but there’s lots more to see outside. They have a number of log buildings representing an old school, family home, hunters cabin and more.


Here’s Marilyn getting ready to go out to the field and plow.


They had lots of old logging and farming equipment. Here’s some of what it took to maintain that equipment. It’s a small blacksmith shop not unlike one that Ken’s grandpa had back in Iowa.


They also had some very large equipment like this giant Reynolds Corliss Engine. The engine was built in 1909 and ceased operation in 1964. It had powered the various mills that operated in the same location over the years. You can compare the size to Ken.


After the museum we had lunch at Kelly’s Restaurant and Lounge which has been in business since 1894, the second oldest bar in the state. The oldest bar in the state is The Brick in Roslyn, WA. They serve a really good burger and it’s even better when washed down with Moose Drool beer;-)


We thought this sign outside Kelly’s was sort of interesting.


After lunch we had ice cream at Owen’s Soda Fountain. They’ve been in business since 1938 and was really like stepping back in time.


Newport is a nice little town to visit if you get off the beaten path and look around a little.

We went back to camp and swung by the lake to make sure that the row boats we securely locked to the dock, sure enough they were.

As you can see it would have been a beautiful day for a boat ride on a beautiful lake but it was not to be, maybe next time.

We really enjoyed our quiet stay here at Thousand Trials and will be back.

Today we drive about 250 miles to Winthrop, WA where we’ll be staying at Pearrygin Lake for three days. It looks like a nice day for a drive.

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  1. Thanks for the tour. By the way, did Marilyn get her plowing done?

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