The Big Fire

The big fire valley in the Bitterroot mountains seen from the Route of the Hiawatha.

In the “big fire”, as they call it, it all burned. Everything of value was gone. The big fire was actually 3000 smaller fires, yes the number is correct three thousand fires. The fire destroyed three million acres of prime, old-growth forest. The big fire Three million acres is three times the area of the …

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Across Idaho

Across Idaho

While going across Idaho we rejoined the Oregon trail in Burley Idaho. The Oregon trail splits from the Mormon Trail at Fort Bridger. Instead of staying on the Oregon Trail, we followed the Mormon trail to visit Salt Lake City. You might see some similarities in the title of this post. Last month I described …

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Quiet at the lake

Jefferson County Lake Park

It has been quiet at the lake, well at least it was quiet, and it will be quiet at the lake again — soon. Our travels have taken us south at a rapid pace with the change of seasons. Winter arrived in the west on Labor Day. Labor Day, the last day of summer isn’t …

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Kootenai County Idaho Highway 97 – Bad Roads for RVs

Kootenai County, Idaho Highway 97 – Bad Roads for RVs

Kootenai County Idaho Highway 97 – Bad Roads for RVs is located between Coeur d’Alene and Harrison along the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The road along the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene is narrow and while following the lake edge winds the for 25 miles — non-stop. Assuming your destination is anywhere …

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Goodale’s Cutoff

View Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve Arco Idaho

Goodale’s Cutoff is not obvious. When we planned our trip from Idaho Falls to Boise, we didn’t know that the road followed the Goodale’s Cutoff the Oregon Trail. When we turned south towards Yellowstone, we departed the path Lewis and Clark took to the Pacific Ocean and then south of Yellowstone joined the Goodale’s Cutoff. …

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More hunting in Idaho

View Fall Creek Falls Swan Valley Idaho

By now you have the Hunting in Idaho theme figured out. It was hard to get a good shot on this one, if it wasn’t so amazing it may have not turned out as well. On this one had the typical sign, “falls” but on this one, it wasn’t obvious. We drove down the road …

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Hunting in Idaho

Buffalo River Island Park Idaho

It is hunting season in Idaho.  Bow season is underway and rifle season starts tomorrow. We have joined in, not wanting to “buck” local traditions.  Of course, bucks have seemed to disappear, as they always do at this time of year.  Since we don’t have much storage in the RV, let alone much freezer space …

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Boise to Gardnerville

View of Lake Tahoe, Nevada

It is a long way from Boise to Gardnerville, Nevada even though we stopped in Winnemucca. It is a long way from Bend to Boise but we made it in one day. I realize that some people in RVs will knock off 300 mile days without complaint but we were tired on all three legs …

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Boise, Idaho

Fall Color on a Maple tree in Boise, Idaho

It has been a great stay in Boise, Idaho with family. We will be going about 500 miles south to our friends, Joel and Patty’s house near Topaz Lake in Nevada. Yesterday we passed the seven-month mark being out of California. After that, we cross Death Valley — just because we have never been there. …

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Boise, Idaho

Sunset over lake with reflection

In Boise, Idaho, we stayed at Gowen Field which is an Air Force Reserve Base, located right next to the Boise Airport. It is a nice, small area which has a small problem in that it is right next to the Boise Airport. We loved the place except for the noise.  We frequent Boise, because …

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Twin Falls Idaho

Shoshone Falls view Twin Falls Idaho

We have been to Twin Falls, Idaho multiple times including stops in our RV going to the solar eclipse in 2017.  This time, unlike in August 2017, the Shoshone Falls had lots of water flowing over it, creating some good photo opportunities. In 2017 nearly all the water in the Snake River had been diverted …

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City of Rocks National Preserve

City of Rocks Almo Idaho

Stuck in Traffic While in Burley we drove south towards Utah and visited City of Rocks National Preserve.  This is operated by the National Park System by the federal government. City of Rocks National Preserve was the very first National Preserve and although operated by the National Parks, allows for things, (like hunting) that would …

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Burley Heyburn, Idaho

Snake River Valley view near Burley Idaho

We moved from the country to a small farm town. Burley Idaho is on the Snake River to the east of Heyburn is on the north side of the river Burley is on the south side. We stayed at Heyburn Riverside RV Park. Burley is a little bigger. In my view, both are very nice, …

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Curlew National Grasslands

Curlew National Grasslands, campsite view, Stone Idaho

We are camping at Curlew Campground, south of Curlew National Grasslands.  We have miles of sagebrush and a view of Stone Lake, a lake owned by the cattleman’s association. Even though the lake is right next to the campground it is trespassing to go to the shoreline. Cattle outnumber people about 20 to 1. They …

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