Ponderosa Falls near Spokane

MONDAY

We are staying at a place called Ponderosa Falls and is part of our Coast to Coast Membership.  We pay dues at our home resort in Tennessee of $39 and $99 to belong to Coast to Coast.  Then we pay $10 a night at member resorts.  We can stay a week and then either move or pay the going rate.

Of course sometimes like this place the sites are narrow and short.

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I spent quite a bit of time today looking ahead to make some reservations.  So far no luck anywhere.  Looks like a lot of people are getting in those end of summer trips in.  After Labor Day I hope it opens up some.

We have been looking at things to do in Spokane and are just not finding many that interest us.  We did want to visit Riverside Park, originally built as the sight of the 1974 Worlds Fair.  Parking was hard to find but we found a meter near the upper falls.  Bonnie had some quarters but these meters also take credit cards.  We walked down to the falls and snapped a few pictures.  This area is called the Upper Falls

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I walked over to the suspension bridge in the last picture and looking back spotted Bonnie still on the highway bridge.

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These are from the suspension bridge

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This is one of the power houses.  There are several more up river and one more downriver.

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In 1889 there was a great fire and a lot of the city burned.  They blamed the great loss on a lack of water which has since been fixed.  Across from the sign is the foundation of the original water pumping station that burned in the fire.

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It was over 90 and I was not feeling good.  I considered a ride on the Sky Ride but it was closed due to heat.  Bonnie wanted to ride the tour train and while she walked up to the ferris wheel to board the train.  I went back to the car to feed the meter when the time ran out and to take it easy.  Once the meter ran out the first time I moved across the street to a shady spot.  Bonnie missed the first tour and had to wait for the second one.  Once she made it back to the car we drove around a little through some of the neighborhoods and just looked around.  Too hot to do much else.  So we headed home.

Spending the evening watching the Olympics.

TUESDAY

Today started with me on the phone looking for our next campground.  Success I was able to find a place and we decided that we were going to just stay there thru the Labor Day Holiday.  So Thursday we move and will stay 19 nights down near Prosser, WA.  Looking at the weather forecast we should have headed back up into the mountains.  I think we may see triple digits down in the Yakima River Valley.

Then the afternoon was a bust, but it was my fault.  Note to self pay attention when you are reading directions.  We decided to head back East in to Idaho and a town called Post Falls.  Post Falls is the home of BUCK Knives.  Bonnie drove on the 45 minute drive.  I reread the directions.  Thats when I saw the line near the end that said call for reservations.  How many people can want a tour.  So I called and got the bad news.  They had canceled the 12:15 tour because of lack of staff and the rest of the tours are full for the rest of the week.  We were close so we continued.

This is from the website.

A young Kansas blacksmith apprentice named Hoyt Buck was looking for a better way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer. His unique approach produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt made each knife by hand, using worn-out file blades as raw material. His handy work was greatly appreciated during World War II. Hoyt’s eldest son Al had relocated from the Pacific Northwest to San Diego California after finishing a stint in the navy a decade earlier. Hoyt, and his wife Daisy, moved in with Al and his young family in 1945 and set up shop as H.H. Buck and Son.

Following the death of his father, Al kept the fledgling custom knife business going until incorporating Buck Knives, Inc. in 1961. Al Buck revolutionized the knife industry in 1964 with the Model 110 Folding Hunter. The folding “lockblade” knife made Buck a leader.

Nice sign and fountain to greet us.

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This is the factory and the corporate office.  Right around 300 people are employed.

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So we went inside and I talked to the supervisor in the Factory Store, they run the tours, I suggested they revise the tour times on their website and highlight that you need to make reservations.  So we looked around the store for a while and then walked up stairs to the small museum and factory overlook window.

Could not see much from here but its as close as we would get today.

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We really could not see much but I did enjoy the displays and original equipment that was on display.  This old anvil.

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I believe this is a machine to check the hardness of the steel blades and another old anvil.

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An old whetstone

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This is the beautiful fireplace in the lobby.

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So we started for home since the 3pm tour was full.  We had passed a Camping World and decided to stop there as its time to replace my 5 year old RhinoFlex sewer hose.  As luck would have it they were on sale but out of stock until Friday.  Bonnie also wanted a new toaster so we moved on to Walmart.  Well she decided to get a haircut since it was a Super Walmart and they could take her (she looks really cute now and says its much cooler).  So now we both have fresh cuts as she cut mine on Sunday.  While she got her hair cut I picked up a new toaster and then some of the Rhinoflex sewer parts that I needed and a water filter.  From there we headed home.

More Olympics tonight.

WEDNESDAY

Today is our last day here at Ponderosa Falls.  Tomorrow we backup and move down south about 165 miles for the next few weeks.  After labor day we should be able to go over to the coast and find some sites.

So today we took it easy and prepared to leave.  Bonnie had started the wash last night and continued today.  I went out and closed the gray tank so we have plenty of water to flush out the hose after we dump the black tanks tomorrow morning.  Today was almost 90 again and so I am waiting to dump until tomorrow plus we don’t have to leave too early tomorrow.  I caught up on my blog reading and email and then turned my attention to setting up our routes in the GPS units.  I also updated all my Point of Interest files in also.  So I think we are about ready to go.  Its been a good relaxing day.

The olympics was on all day and we watch some of that.  Guess we will watch tonight also.  Thats about it for today, tomorrow we move.

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