It's Sunday, time
to move on down the road.
wanted to move a little more north so to position ourselves better for
the holiday weekend coming up.
like to land early in the week so they can withstand the crush of campers
who are out big time during this time.
in that vein we moved to a new campground for a day or two, so we could
explore the Salmon River west of North Fork, ID. We did that today by moving
from Tendoy to a BLM site north of Salmon.
landed between Carmen and North Fork at a BLM site Tower
low cost BLM campground which is paved and very nice, but has no water.
are equipped for such things so not a bother.
think we have found a couple of sites west of North Fork that are right
on the Salmon River, where we can hide out in for the week, and Terry can
fish on great waters. Also the Forest service has installed a free dump
station with potable water on this road. How nice of them. It is on FS
0030 road right going west of North Fork off of HW 93 heading to Shoup.
day in Idaho today. It gives you a different perspective. A wet and wild
feel, me thinks.
River west of North Fork, ID
along the road this critter would not move and was right next to us and
I took this out the window.
in our current BLM campground we have a nest to watch.
we will watch the weather and see what it brings in the morning. May stay
right here for another day so Terry can fish. Then get settled for the
holiday weekend upcoming.
We drove the Lewis
and Clark Byway on Friday.
use the term Adventure Road for good reason as you shalll see.
The above map is from The
Lewis and Clark Back Country Byway and Adventure Road a BLM .pdf
A very slick and high class
production. A mile by mile guide of the route and the history of
A must read if I do say
so. Just click on it and be amazed.
Another read all about it
site National Park Service site. Lemhi
This is a circle drive and
the best way is to go clockwise up the Warm Spring road past the Sharkey
and later back down the
Agency Creek road.
The going up on Warm
Springs road, as it is a little wider. It just goes up and up.
After passing through miles
of high Pine forest following the divide (see the map above) we came to
Lemhi Pass. Strange we had to go down to get to it from the north Warm
Now for the going down the
Agency Creek road part of the drive.
The Agency Creek road has
20% grades. I found it easier going down than up, thank you. Thanks to
reading that hint on the guide sites.
I would not have been a
happy camper coming up on this road, me thingks. Going down was bad enough.
I had the truck in 1st gear and still had to ride the brakes.
We met a pickup coming up
going mad out of hell right after a blind switch back as he roared right
past us. I pulled as far to the right as I could on a very narrow stretch
on a sheer drop-off to hell section. Some young kid who still had
the idea he was invincible, me thinks.
This is where we had to
get to as the road below went along the creek down for miles.
If you have been following
along you know about the hot springs in the area I talked about.
After the drive we went
back to the springs for a hot soak to calm the drivers nerves. Mine.
Another file photo. You didn't
think you were going to see us running around in bathing suits in the picture
We had a good soak and I
even think the bone spur in my shoulder is doing a bit better.
This is a nice clean well
maintained site by the BLM. A $1 fee to enjoy this site is a bargain.
Thank you big government.
A little comment as I recover from my soothing soak.
This site deteriorated and
was closed for many years till the BLM revived and improved it with local
Now it is a gem without
private interests taking control of it.
Hot Springs BLM link from a prior post.
We have moved
on. And what a pull it turned out to be.
left Henry's Lake and up to Ennis on HW 2876 and on west through Virginia
City and on up to Twin Bridges and then down to Dillon. What a convoluted
route, but that's the way the terrain dictates. We are in the west and
not going across Nebraska after all.
We did stop in Ennis
WY to dump at a local RV park for $6 and get supplies at the local grocery.
Terry would have liked to stay here for the night and roam this first rate
trourist trap, that it has become. But I was driving so we pressed on as
it was just noon after all.
Our plan was after study
to head over to Dillon and then down to the Clark Reservoir and go west
on MT 324 and up and over the Divide to ID. I found this route looking
at the online maps. As you can see below it shows a nice highway. We wondered
why there was no traffic but we pressed on as this would be a huge shortcut
to ID and the Lemhi river and some nice BLM campgrounds on that river.
The larger white line is
the Continual Divide. Route 324 comes from the northeast on the little
yellow line from the green valley that Lewis and Clark came up. More on
You can see on the map and
Google was looking good till we got closer and the blacktop turned to gravel.
We had gone for so many miles so how do we turn back now. It would mean
hundreds of miles to back track. WE PRESSED ON.
At the pass on what turned
out to be a pretty good gravel road we got a look down on the other side.
Remember this s the Continual Divide after all and we are pulling our home
on wheels. (Flash forward when I did open the 5er door I did find a few
things that had washborded around on the inside... but no damage.)
on the down side of the pass. What were we in for, we didn't know ,but
with our home behind us we headed on down. What else could we do now....
At last on the back
side to where the road on the Idaho side turned back to a solid surface.
We later stopped at the
the Forest Service office in Salmon on a day trip, and told them how we
were fooled into believing that the road over the pass was blacktop.
They just smiled back and said, "That is a little confusing,
Later after getting back
in the valley and on HW 28 we found our planned BLM campground. A whole
5 site campground including the empty host site. But open with a good view
for our Satellite to get online. and for only $5 (we put on our Senior
Pass number and paid $2.50.
Now just look at the great
site we found. Sure as fulltimers you see the cement pad and say
this must be a handicap site but we could not find a sign to that effect
and when we got here we were the only ones here so we took it. The
sun angle was good so we would not have to face it IN the heat of the day.
We are at McFarland
still warm as in hot as we got here and still today. The weather
forcast calls for cooler temps the next few days. We shall see what
we shall see. Bump and grind and move on, me thinks. We don't want to rush
the cooler temps as we have extended time to explore the Idaho area, so
a day or two of hot is good, much better than cool and getting colder.
That will happen soon enough...
Thurday we explored further onward on our projected route to our next campground.
We went up to Salmon ID and looked
the town. They are having a County Fair and Rodeo this weekend. The BLM
sites north of the town could fill up befopre we can get to them and there
are only one or two sites we could fit into. Each campground has only about
5 sites like the BLM campground we are in now. So we are thinking of staying
right here and driving the Lewis and Clark Byway and see if we can do a
good soak at the local hot spring. Oh I didn't tell you about springs here
web file photo
This is maintained by the
and has a $1 fee to use. How nice. This is just up the road from us and
you know how Terry likes his hot springs. When we stopped by others where
there so we didn't plunge in. We said later...`
The hot spring is right up
the back road from the Your Are Here on the map.
See the National Scenic
Byways web site Lewis
and Clark Back Country Byway
Also see the BLM web site
about the Lewis
and Clark National Historic Trail and Back country Byway
This could be more like the
Sawtell road up to the FAA radar we climbed up over in Island Park ID.
You remember my rant about that day trip. More later as we see just what
we want to do in the next few days. We have no schedule.
All this info is so if you
are in the locations we explore, you will not need to do any research
on your own. Just blindly follow our path, and you too, can get into
the same amount of trouble we do.
At day trip to
at West Yellowstone on Monday we took a counter clockwise route around
NPS link to the Yellowstone
We did pull into Old Faithfull
and did a drive-by. Could see it was not even close to erupting as no people
standing around waiting, so on we went.
This at the pass. Who would
think it could be possible at 8200 feet.
Heading back up the east
Hayden Valley above is our
most liked section of the park.
This is in the Tower Falls
section of the park.
The bridge leading to Mammoth
and the north entrance. You go to the left to get to Mammoth. You are looking
What a way to tour the park
this would be, me thinks. Parked at the Mammoth Hotel
Heading south and up from
Mammoth toward the Norris Geyser area.
Extensive road work is being
done this year. Look at the wall being built.
This will last for years,
after all this is our first National Park. What pride they must have in
And of course the critter
In order to get all the way
around the park we didn't take time to explore each treasure in detail.
We have done that in the past. Just a fun day driving tour to remind us
of the grandeur of nature's wonder.
Rain and more
rain... but a day trip was still on order.
At 7 PM Sunday we still
have light rain, but should stop later tonight.
Forcast is for Sunny
and warm the next three days... We shall see.
off to West Yellowstone for brunch.
file photo from the web
a search and found Running Bear Pancake House on the west side of
town had good reviews so we stopped.
decided on the chicken fried steak with hash browns, two eggs and toast.
That was item #8 on the breakfast menu, not ordered ala carte. We had to
settle without the gravy as the cook scorched it. It was still very good
and WAY too much food. But we did eat it all except for the toast. Look
at the size of the steak. Under it was more hash browns. The two eggs and
toast was what made it over the top for too much food. Decaf coffee came
with it's own carafe. The service was so very friendly and accommodating.
We don't go out to eat often, but when we do I like to tip well. Servers
work hard and ours did a great job.
While in town we also stopped
at Do It Best Hardware to pick up a small tarp and to get something
to cover our Honda 3000i generator to protect it from the rain while running
it at night. While traveling we can just cover it with plastic. After I
told them what I wanted to accomplish they offered to just gave us a 2X4
piece of plywood for free. How cool. Good people who are customer friendly.
We covered it temporarily with a black garbage bag for tonight. Will rework
this idea in days to come. Might screw it to 2X4 boards so we can place
it on top when needed and while in travel lay it in the truck bed. Raised
it up a bit in front to make sure the exhaust wouldn't cause a problem
with the covering. My thinks that will not be needed in the finial design.
Later after the stop at the
hardware store Terry did the tourist thing and walked the shops.
Most places were not
busy. There were six employees in the Outfitters place trying to look busy.
We shall see if that is
so when in the next few days we take drives into Yellowstone as the weather
is to clear up and be perfect.
He didn't buy anything.
When we find somthing we want we just get it but a Been There Done That
T-shirt not so fast.
Next we headed up north out
of West Yellowstone checking campgrounds along the way for future reference
as we went. On over west on HW 287 to Earthquake Lake and then back down
HW 87 to our home on Henry's Lake.
Great views on every turn.
It was overcast with a sun burst from time to time, so get over the picture
This is real life as we
campsite just for you with great views at Beaver Creek campground along
the Madison river up from the Earthquake Lake.
these sites are up from the river shore a long way. You have to hike down
to fish. And in bear country, so beware.
Another map so you can follow
View toward the Earthquake
slide that created this lake. This was in 1959. You can see the trees that
are now under water from it.
A couple of links to read
more about it all. Wikipedia
Now right past the Earthquake
Lake the Madison River takes a dramatic drop back down the the valley heading
Coming back down to the west
from Eaerhquake lake. The river runs right next to the road on the
lest side. As we go west in short order we hit HW 89 and head back to our
FREE county campground at Henry's lake.
We are so much enjoying this
area. We have been here several times as in a vacation mode, as they say
in a past life, but now we have the time to explore it more fully. When
we move on down the road it will be on our own schedule.
Not to worry... Hitch Itch
will get to us soon.
Moved on to Henry's
Updated with new pictures
and content at 9 PM Friday.
I go again, this campground is FREE for 15 days. No services but what do
you want for free. We talked to the host who has working to improve this
park for at least 20 years now. We are about 20 miles west of West
site like all others overlooks the lake and surrounding mountains.
Views from our campsite.
We needed firewood so off
to the FS road to Red Rock Pass. The above shot is the road going up to
the pass from the east side just up from our campground. Just look at that
view looking south. Sawtell Peak is the one on the left. More on that below.
The white line is the Continental
Divide in the Google Earth view.
And the while line below
Sawtell Peak is the road I drove the other day. As I said in the prior
post I will never do that again.
goes on and on forever.
back up to the pass from the west.
A great drive and lots of
firewood to be gathered.
Oh and so much easier to
saw it up since we took a quick day trip to Bozeman to Lowe's thuis week
and picked up this handy electric chain saw. At these altitudes it was
a lot of work using a hand held saw. Not me, I mean Terry. This electric
one just plugs into our on board Honda 3000i with a 40 ft cord and, a sawing
we will go. We did tighten up the chain a little later after its first
It was only $49.95 plus
extra replacement chain and oil. I had had a Montgomery Ward cheap electric
like this one, years ago and even used it to cut railroad ties when I built
a patio on my first home.. So I knew even a low cost small one would work
for what we wanted.
So many of these are large. This is very small and fits in our truck
bed storage box. So as we are on day trips we can just whip it out and
saw some firewood. That's the ticket, me thinks. At about $50 bucks...
Back at the campsite Terry
finishes up the sawing cutting it up in smaller sections. On the back roads
he cuts them just so they will fit in the truck bed. Later he did
split some of the cut up pieces so they would burn better. But after you
get a fire going a non split log burns just fine. The saw was built
for a right handed person me thinks, but Terry endured and did his thing.
Nice shot don't ya think.
Not a pose he was
busy cutting wood.
I just had to include this
better shot of him fly fishing the other day. He is better at fishing than
he is at cutting wood.
But he does one, so he can
do the other...
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