Peeper's First Sail of 2002
Bree & Doug Reynolds
Lake Pend Orielle, isn't it beautiful, like sailing in a fjord. There were a couple of other sailors out that day. On Saturday when we launched and moored the boat, there was a sailing race (first of the season). No wimps here:). Lets see, details.......
Lake Pend Orielle is over 35 miles long and 1,200 feet deep. The Navy does accoustical testing for submarines there. Bayview ID is the home of Bitter End Marina (catering only to sailboats). The town is located on the southern most end of the lake and had its origins in lime mining. The ruins of lime kilns still stand along the waters edge. Sandpoint, ID is on the northern most end of the lake. Sandpoint is famous for its summer concert series on the lake shore and Schweitzer Ski Resort. It snowed above 4,000 feet on Saturday night so we had a nice view of fresh snow capped peaks on our sail. It was in the low 50's and rained off and on. This is the vicinity for the Potter Rendevous in July. Farragut State Park (former Naval Base) is just east of Bayview and offers 3 launch ramps, ample parking and overnight mooring in Buttonhook Bay. There is also a group camp ground just up the hill from the docks at Buttonhook.
Just east of Scenic Bay (where Bayview is located)
there is a natural salt lick at the top of a mountainous ridge. Mountain goats
can be seen there year round. We saw four!!! Our friend Robert brought along
his binoculars and digital camera allowing us to get these pictures so quickly.