02-Jun-2001 -- On June 2nd, 2001 I visited N48, W118 with my girlfriend's son Ryan (age
16). The confluence is on the northern edge of the Spokane Indian
Reservation, in the northwest corner of the roughly 3 million acres
occupied by the tribe prior to the 1800's.
[The Spokane Indians are of the Interior Salish group which has inhabited
northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana for centuries.
(The Flatheads are probably the most well-known of the Salish tribes.)
The word "Spokane" is generally accepted as meaning "Sun People" or
"Children of the Sun", although the interpretation is somewhat
controversial. In 1807 David Thompson, a trapper with the Northwest Fur
Trading Company, first used the name "Spokane" (pronounced "spo-CAN").]
The confluence is at the edge of a roughly 5 acre sloped plot that has been
logged and burned. There were many such "clearings" in the area. We
followed a logging road and then hiked cross-country for 1/2 hour to find
the confluence. Naturally, we found another logging road just 10 meters
from the confluence. If we ever return, it will be a lot easier!
The countryside is quite beautiful there, heavily treed with some dense
brush and some grassy areas intermixed with wild
flowers. We saw several deer, and two large wild turkeys as we drove in.