Monday we had
an OMG never again day trip.
in the area have been blogging about this great day trip so off we went.
Yes we were going to the
the top of the mountain. Sawtelle Peak is just under 10,000 feet in height,
a full 4500 feet above the valley floor, and it stands out very clearly
on a clear day, as above. The FAA long-Range radar dome is just visible
in the middle top of the mountain.
Yep that's where we are
headed. See the little while lines... That's the road.
Looking east toward Yellowstone.
Named after Gilman Sawtell
who was the first settler in the area in 1868, Sawtell Peak forms the eastern
end of the Centennial Mountains. The Centennials are unique in that they
run west to east, unlike most basin and range fault block ranges in the
region. This is most likely due to the movement of the Yellowstone Hotspot,
which 1.6 million years ago formed the Island Park Caldera, one of the
largest in the world, and is directly to the west of the Yellowstone Caldera.
The range formed parallel to the movements of the Hotspot in a lever action
as the weight of new magma pushed down on the southern slopes of the range.
At the very top... can't
go past the sign. I wanted to get back down ASAP. I did not like it up
there at all.
I put the truck in first
gear and creaked back down the narrow blind switch backs.
I have been on some high
back roads but this took the prize. I will never do this drive, if you
can call it that, again, me knows.
You to can take this drive
and see for yourself. Yes a Virtual
Tour of Sawtell Peak Road
look over the edge.
so on Saturday we took a fast run into West Yellowstone.
looking for a small gas or electric chain saw but none to be found that
suited me. Got some groceries and then, what the heck took a short drive
into the park. I have a Senior pass so no big deal. Even though it was
free entrance weekend in National Parks. I sort of got questioned at the
entrance as I gave the attendent my Senior Pass and SD Drivers Lic.
She looked at each and then asked me where in South Dakota I was from.
I told her and she gave them back to me. The DR Lic. has my address
on it so why would she ask. It has my picture and I'm no look-a-like for
anyone else, me thinks.
At Madison Junction we turned
left and ran into road work. I was in this backup till I inched forward
after about 15 min. till I got to a wide spot and turned around.
Picture of us heading back
the way we came after they let me do a U turn.
Back in West Yellowstone
on the west end of town their was a Renaissance Fair. Terry just had to
stop and check it out.
And on Sunday
we went for a nice day trip.
wanted to find a road we had not been on before. So off we went east of
Macks Inn to Big Springs and to the Black Canyon Loop Rd.
Canyon Rd is top center on map.
follows the old railroad bed part way that used to go to West Yellowstone
many a moons ago.
views were great but way at the top they had it closed so you couldn't
take the whole loop drive. So we had to trun around and come back down
the way we came.
way down we detured and took Meadow Creek Rd which ran futhur north above
the valley. Another great road to drive.
calls for rain on Monday so will sit tight and wait for the forcast of
clear and warm for the rest of the week. May move or stay longer right
here. Have a mail drop to get at the loacl post office if it is in on Monday.
Who knows. Or next planed stop is right up the road at Henry's Lake and
the county park. Did I say FREE with great views and you can stay for 15
It was just one
of those days.
know the ones, you just don't want to get out of bed and when you do it's
after 9 AM. I was following the weather back in Iowa on my Droid Incredible
connected to NPR. They had closed the major interstate north and south
I-35 between Ames and Des Moines and about to close I-80 east and west
due to flooding. Glad we got out of there when we did.
great 3G signal here in the boondocks and all along the route since we
left Iowa. Not once have I not had 3G. I listen to Pandora internat radio
all night in bed bluetoothed to my Allanec Lansing speaker system by hooking
them to a small 200W inverter.)
sense running our huge 2000W full trailer inverter just for the small items.
neighbor in the site next to us brought over a couple of huge Cinnamon
Rolls yesterday so we broke down and had them for breakfast.
I didn't take a picture
but you get the idea from this web shot.
Looked just like this one.
They were at least three inches tall.
That got us off to a full
day of doing nothing. It was cool and overcast all morning so we just stayed
on the internet and read. I get the USA Today newspaper online. Just like
the print version each morning. Next the political news blog sites. By
that time my head is spinning and it was time for a nap. Did get fired
up enought to check out the status of our medical bills online now that
they should all be done resubmitted through the process so they are correct.
Remember they had us classified No Network for awhile. Found all correct
so called the providers, they had teh new correct amounts, and paid the
bills over the phone.
OH By the way Terry got his
fly fishing skills back in shape and caught several good sized rainbow
trout last night about sunset. Me thinks we are pretty happy here in northeast
Idaho. May stay awhile...
Take a look at these two
pictures of Moose Creek just to the east of us at Macks Inn. (That's
a town don't ya know)
What a relaxing view. There
are boondocking sites alone this creek.
This is where we got the
shots of the moose yesterday in the below post.
Last evening Terry
went fishing and a day trip earlier.
didn't catch anything but had good strikes. He needs to get tuned into
what is working as in fly patterns and such.
Doesn't he look in his element.
Later when he got back he
cooked a steak over the open fire. It was big so we planned on splitting
it. We are trying to do less red meat, ya see. Good luck on that front.
The forest service picnic table has a big Warning Notice label that warns
not to leave even grills out at night.
So we though just do it
over the open flame. It didn't work out that well as my portion was tough
and his was just fine. After a while we exchanged portions so he could
experience my tough section and I could have a good bite or two of tender
Might not have been the
fire as we are used to good corn feed beef, being from Iowa you understand.
Today we went for a day trip
exploring the area and ran into these critters.
We did pick up more firewood
so campfires are the order of the day.
More later, as I want to
go have a fire again and Terry is going off fishing.
6:30 PM and all is well.
We signed up for
six days but may stay much longer.
love using my Senior pass to get a FS campground for only $6
look at how well done the site is. There is a water spigot close
enough we think our hoses will reach.
think we have moved in.
And when the site is right
along the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, that hits the jackpot.
This is bear country so
we can't leave anything out on the picnic table, but we can deal with that.
See the river on the right.
We can sit in the campsite and see the water flowing by.
Macks Inn is the local burg
with a post office where I'm getting GD mail sent to.
I called them and they said
sounds good to them.
Now does anyone want to go
fishing? Terry got his lic and is getting ready to hit it later today.
He sez the trout are raising so it's looking good he thinks. If it is great,
hold on to your hats, I plan on getting an Idaho fishing lic. myself.
We are going to be in this state for several weeks so why not. A full lic
is $96.85 Terry just told me. With campground fees at $6 I think we can
Remember we styed at the
county park at Rexburg for 5 days for FREE. This boondocking (dry camping)
so to speak works well when we can find it. I read a blog the other day
where they were in Williams, AZ and paying $760 a month and the electric
was too low to run A/C, and the WiFi sucked.
This is all such a wonderful
area to be able to spend time in. And we don't have to rush off to
anywhere if we don't want to.
Just relax and enjoy. No
deadlines or schedule to keep. It's not like I have a rally to plan for,
We even found a huge pile
of wood in a vacant campsite so I'm set for a great evening fire. All the
wood is full of drilled holes for like bees to set up hives in or something.
Think it should make great fuel for a fire. The holes are clean so don't
think that plan worked out watever it was.
It's only 4:50 PM. Got this
post done early so I can spend time outside enjoying life in the great
Moving on Tuesday
to the Island Park area.
have been in this county park near Rexburg for 5 days now and it is time
to move on.
took a day trip today to plan and explore for our next stop. Have to find
that perfect next campground stop.
off we went north looking at campgrounds we had explored years ago to see
which ones where we might want to go back to this time. One thing
we found was they were mostly void of campers. Me thinks we do not have
to hurry to get anywhere and can take our time as we move north.
Our favorite find at this
point is in the forest service campground right on the Henry's Fork River
west of Macks Inn. This is looking east from the HW 20 bridge we are thinking
about a FS site on the west side.
by Red Rock RV park on the south side of the lake and there were RVs out
on the road backed up trying to get in.
is a busy palce, me thinks, now that Seeing
the USA in our Chevrolet has been posting about this gem of a RV park
Further west and then north
driving around Henry's Lake we ran into a roundup and had to wait for a
Now we had shit all over
the sides of our truck as they drove them for a couple of miles down the
Not a big deal as these
people live here and make their living do this. We are just visitors to
their lands, me thinks.
will be staying later on while exploring Yellowstone at the FREE county
park right on Henry's Lake with great views just round the lake from the
Red Rock RV park. More on that later.
Google earth shot of the FS campground in relateion to Henry's Lake.
time to do lots of fishing and explore Yellowstone. All in a relaxed mode
as we have weeks to do whatever we want.
Stop back to see where we
decide to land on Tuesday.
of the post was reworked at about 9 PM
north in Idaho.
We decided to move on before
the weekend from the lower Snake River . I got on the web and looked at
my Streets and Trips pushpins for locations I had found in earlier searches
and next checked Google Earth for the layout of the land.
So off we went to Rexburg,
ID to the Beaver
Dick County Park.
This park is located along
the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Five miles west of Rexburg on HW 33
Oh and by the way the camping
is FREE for 5 day limit. But beware no water. A Farm and Ranch Supply
and gas station on the west side of Rexburg west of HW 20 on HW 33 was
real friendly and offered all the water we wanted.
Our campsite for a few days
over the weekend. They love their huge rocks around here. Makes backing
Right after we got here yesterday
I spent most of the afternnon working to get our DataStorm Internet dish
to lock on to our assigned satellite which is 22 thousand miles up in the
sky. (When you think about it, that's amazing) I have been
having big problems with this fulltime FRED for a few days now.
I made changes to the satellite
controller configeration file and no help as it was stopping every few
degrees looking at the sky saying it was finding a satellite when there
was none there. I upped the signal trigger value all the way to 7
(this effects how sensitive the dish is to find satellite signals) and
it was still stopping and looking at everything. If you have one of these
you know what I am talking about.
After serveral hours I broke
down and called MotoSat tech support. They are sort of like all help desks,
not all that helpful most of the time. But this time right off the
bat after I explained my situation he said I must be getting noise injected
into the system by a bad coax connector. I said OK I will check, thinking
he was giving me an excuse to just get rid of me.
But sure enough on the back
of my D3 control unit was a bad coax connector. Repaired it and changed
the signal trigger value back to level 5 and it went right to the
correct satellite and locked on. Faster than ever. I stowed the dish and
redeployed it and it worked great. Now you know how happy I am at this
point in time...
We got back from exploring
Rexburg around 4 PM today on Friday and (how bad of us) fired up our trusty
Honda 3000i and turned on the A/C. It was about 90 outside and humid. Expecting
some possible thunderstorms later (I've got the weather radio turned on
alarm mode) so it should cool down as Terry wants to do a chicken on our
new Weber Q100 grill. It's Friday night. Time for a cookout, me thinks.
As I type, the just turned
on weather radio went off with a warning for this area. May I say
the word Shit...
Time to batten down the
hatches... Bring in the trailer slides etc.
Later... Not much
happened, a brief blow and a few drops of rain.
Terry got the grill back
out and we sat outside while he cooked. A fine time in Idaho tonight..
Cooled off and is now about
73. (9PM) Windows open and think great sleeping tonight.
Well into Southeast
We got held up on posting
since our Datastorm Satellite is a FRED after all, and refused to find
and sync up to the satellite so we could get connected. After posting
about our problems on www.datastormusers.com
we are now back online. It just started working again and nothing we did
really helped, me thinks.
But happy is happy so now
I can connect without using my Droid in tether mode. Lucky we have had
a great 3G sig all across WY and also in SE ID. Way to go Verizon.
So now I need to do a blog
We hit the road and left
the hills of Laramie and got all the way to the west side of WY.
We stopped at Kemmerer at
a so called RV park... not much to speak of except it was $30 a night.
The other option in town
But the town was nice and
had just had a music festival event over the weekend, we just missed.
I liked the town hidden
down in a valley away from the winds of winter. Nice downtown square and
well kept bulldings. Great grocery store. Full service with deli and bakery
with an attached liquor store.
Next up north to Alpine and
on west on HW 26 in Idaho.
The dam view at Paliasides
Reservoir west of Apline. They had full hookup pull thru sites with $8
Senior Pass. We took a close look and had lunch there but decided
to move on. You know me I just had to explore to find that perfect
site on down the road. It was just noon after all...
We did at last land at
Kelly Island BLM campground. and YES at $5 a night with Senior Pass
at Heise, ID.
Our site at Kelly BLM campground
right on the river. We had to settle for a site not right on the river
but within view as the two river sites were double sites (wanted double
Now for some pictures of
the Snake River
As you can see it is prime
water release from the dam so we don't think there is fishing unless you
have a power boat.
These guys looked like they
were having fun.
A view along the way
of the Snake River.
We went for a day trip but
did not find any spots we could pull our 5er to. The road along the
river on the north side were just to rough to ever pull a trailer over.
And the water was too high to fish anyway.
We will stay in our nice
BLM site and day trip from there and determine when we will move on and
But for right now we are
happy to enjoy life as we find it.
Temps are warm but not hot
and cool breezes so who could not be happy.
where we are at right now. DataStormUsers
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