Sawtooth

Trip Start Jun 11, 2009
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Trip End Jul 17, 2009


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Wayferers State Park

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Monday, June 15, 2009

June 15, 2009   Sitting at a picnic table writing on my laptop seems incongruous,  but I long to share this experience with all my friends.  So in between long wide open spaces with no cell phone let alone WI-Fi, I am journaling/ blogging my way through Idaho and Montana.  First of all I have to say that when  God made Idaho He didn't leave any good stuff for Nevada.  Idaho is so green and lush and mountainous and serene.  We camped along a river with hiking and biking trails to Sun Valley and Ketchum for $10.00 and we had the whole place to ourselves.  Idaho is the land of the fit people who all wear gortex because it rains all the time except for five minutes a day which is when we jumped on our bikes and headed out without rain gear only to get caught in a huge rain storm on the way back, so now this California girl knows to never ever go anywhere without a raincoat.  After drying out in the camper van and watching WEEDS we headed for the SawTooth Mountains.  Too gorgeous to describe, even in the rain and mist.  There are numerous vistas from the road and lakeside picnic and camping areas every five yards.  Plus Idaho folks are really nice and friendly.  Did I mention that the peaks are still covered in snow and it is not warm here?  We keep barreling up and down the mountains because we are trying to get to Glacier even though there are many places we would love to camp and stay for the 14 day maximum. 

Traveling along the Salmon River we have visions of Lewis and Clark.  The road follows alongside very closely and we felt as though we were rafting not driving with rain splattering the windshield.  We stopped in Hamilton Montana, close to Missoula.  Hamilton is very cute, old, and has lots of transplants from CA and East Coast who all wear cowboys boots and seem to be very happy here.  We had a local beer in the best restaurant in town while we got new tires on the Roadtrek (long story).  Now the fire is blazing in our campsite on Flathead Lake.  We have plenty of wine and goodies to keep us going.  Even so I almost made Nels take me to a hotel so I could take a decent shower.  After two days I feel just a bit grubby but alas! They have hot showers at Montana State Campgrounds!  3 minutes for one dollar worth of quarters.  I don’t miss Lafayette but I sure miss my morning shower.  For my Book Club comrades, I want you to know I am Loving Frank and can barely put it down to look at the scenery.  Will miss you guys this Wednesday.  Randi
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