Day Five - Republic to Beaver Lodge near the Pend Orielle River.  

For the past few days I've been looking forward to catching sight of the mighty Columbia River which I haven't seen since a childhood camping trip taken with dad, mom and a car load of brothers and sisters.  After a white-knuckle descent down Sherman Pass on Highway 20 the River came into view and I crossed on a narrow bridge that had me looking back with some anxiety for cars bearing down on me from behind.

To the east of the Columbia is the town of Kettle Falls where I experienced a most unexpected welcome.