Cloudy days do not dampen my wonder lust. In fact they provide a moody backdrop for a fall adventure. So we head out for a little exploring without a specific destination in mind. I would like to explore some area's for boondocking in the mountains East of Spokane.
As we are driving along the interstate a sign points the way to the Cataldo Mission in Northern Idaho.
I attended a wedding at the Mission before, but my Granddaughter hadn't ever been there. I want to honor her developing wondering spirit and encourage her to investigate all that life has to offer. So off we went.
You see it from the interstate, sitting on a hill overlooking the tree studded valley that surrounds it. Seeing it from the Interstate is not enough, you must experience it's simplicity and serenity by walking the grounds feeling the presence of those who walked this sacred place before us.
|Example of newspaper wallpaper and can metalwork|
They had few materials to decorate the church, but used ingenious techniques to beautify it. The walls were decorated with fabric bought from the Hudson's Bay Company and hand-painted newspaper that Fr. Ravalli had received in the mail. Tin cans were used to create an idea of chandeliers.
The wooden statues were carved by hand with nothing but a knife. The blue coloring of the interior wood is not paint but a stain created by pressing local huckleberries into the wood.
The Parish House was built in 1888 and provided housing for, Priests, Jesuist Brothers who served in area missions, ans caretakers.
The parish house also contains a small chapel that was used by the residents.
|Parish House Chapel|
|Overlooking orchards and nearby hills|
In time the mission became an important stop for traders, settlers, and miners. It was also a working port for boats heading up the Coeur d'Alene River.
A simple place,
From a simple time.