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Jul 20, 2018 - Sawtooth Mountains

Note that this journal entry was written over the period of several days. Hopefully I haven’t made it confusing with inconsistent use of past and present tense. On July 13 we hitched the Fox and left Challis driving highway 75 destined for the Stanley area Sawtooth Mountains. Traffic was light and we were able to travel a slow easy pace (45-50 mph). Slow is good for such a beautiful drive. My hurry up days are pretty much over. We stopped at the old Sunbeam dam. This is a dam that was built about 100 years ago (???) to support gold mining....

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Aug 4, 2017 - Stanley ID

We moved all of 4 miles to Stanley, staying at the Mountain Village Resort where the raft trippers will return. Hooray, it has full hookups. A little bit about Stanley: Fur trappers of the Hudson's Bay Company discovered the Stanley Basin in the 1820s, but it was mostly avoided due to scarcity of beaver. Captain John Stanley, a Civil War veteran, led a party of prospectors through the area in 1863 (or 1864), but they found little gold and moved on and discovered the Atlanta lode on the south end of the Sawtooths. The site was not...

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Trip Journal


The Summer of 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - Sawtooth natl forest

We drove up through Ketchum and resupplied before we got into the s Sawtooths. Ketchum is a touristy town but lots of cool shops. We continued up hwy 75 trying to find a campsite. Most of the cgs were full so we headed towards Petitt lake. It was full too so we continued on the road to Yellow belly lake. The road was rough so we found a site by ourselves with a view of the sawtooths. We took the atv on up to the lake and couldn't believe people would take an SUV up there. The lake was beautiful and we hiked in about a half mile to the...

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Aug 29, 2014 - Mini Trip to Redfish Lake

During our last week of house sitting we took a mini trip up to Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains. And how it evolved was quite a story. It all started when the home owners son, Mike, stopped by and we started talking about camping. Knowing we has managed campgrounds at Redfish, he asked what his chances were of getting a spot on a Thursday afternoon in Sockeye Campground. The short answer was next to none unless you were up there by 9 a.m. when the few first-come first-served campers started pulling out. We mentioned that we'd like to...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Custer Ghost Town

/// Mountain View RV Campground Arco, ID Thursday – August 15, 2013 Low Temperature: High Temperature: Day Trip: A long day on the road to explore this region of scenic Idaho. We departed Arco by 9:00 AM and traveled north on Hwy 93 to Challis. After an hour on the road Nancy declared that Sage Brush is not scenery. Arriving at the intersection of Hwy 93 & 75 we turned west and followed along the Salmon River on Hwy 75. The road conditions were good, the weather was nice and the traffic was very light. Our only obstacle to unlimited...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Stanley, Idaho

After leaving Craters we traveled north through Hailey and Ketchum where there are many really beautiful homes. Many of the homes are owned by movie stars. Big ski area also. We stayed a night at a Forest Service campground next to a real nice river. The next day we went into Ketchum so Penny could do some strolling around the stores. After adding to the local economy we headed north to a campground at Alture Lake. Got a great spot on the lake and spent two nights there. Did some fishing and Penny had the high hook one day with 6 nice...

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Jul 20, 2010 - Returning to the Oregon Territory

(Tom) Just about the time we felt fully “moved in” at Yellowstone’s Edge, we discovered our very busy month in Montana was coming to a close, and it was time to plan a return trip to our “Oregon Territory”. We had planned to arrive in the Livingston area by coming through Teton National Park -- but it was far too cold and rainy. We’d planned instead to make our return through the Tetons. But with time, that sounded less attractive, since while we’d thoroughly enjoyed our several trips into Yellowstone National Park, we also had noted the...

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Jun 2, 2010 - A Cold Opening At Redfish Lake

Our work camping job at Redfish Lake started last Wednesday and I made the move the Tuesday before that after finding a break in the weather. It was about the only clear day that week and I made the trip in just under three hours. The truck and RV did fine heading down the seven mile 7% grade at Horseshoe Bend Hill outside of Boise. Towards the end of the trip there's a long climb up to the 7200' Banner Summit and this time the roads were clear and the truck did fine once again. Buddy & I arrived at camp (remember, Barb is working in...

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Oct 14, 2009 - Trip to Stanley, Idaho

We are really enjoying our visit to Boise and spending time with Kristine, even though she works 2nd shift and we don't get to see a lot of her. She did have last weekend off and we took an overnight trip up to the Sawtooth Mountains. We stayed in Stanley, ID (pop. 100) and drove through Sun Valley and Hailey, ID (where Bruce Willis and other movie stars have homes) What a beautiful drive. The weather was cold and there was lots of snow on the mountains, but the scenery was unbelievable. Lots of public access and camping areas everywhere....

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Jul 8, 2009 - Holding Out At Redfish Lake

Actually, the blog title is misleading as we aren't quite at Redfish Lake yet. Our loop there still hasn't been paved so we are holding out at the campground mentioned in the previous blog - Sunny Gulch. It's just outside the Redfish Lake area on the other side of the highway on the Salmon River. We settled in a week ago Monday, then headed over to Dee & Teddie's - our "bosses". While there Judy the ranger dropped by and gave us the update on Sockeye Campground where we'll be hosting this year. They hadn't been able to pave because of the...

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Jun 26, 2009 - Stanley, Idaho: Surviving the RV and Other Adventures

Well, in spite of a close call, Vicky survived the first and second round on the RV. To do this, she had to accept and perform two challenges successfully. First it was decided that she could stay on the Diamond Dolly if she would agree to open a booth at the truck stops where we fill up with diesel. It seems that Carol, in her infinite wisdom and crazed enthusiasm, bought 40 Jenny Craig muffins at $2.00 a piece so we could eat them for breakfast. RELUCTANTLY, Vick agreed to open a Jenny Craig Muffin Retail Outlet. Unfortunately, she...

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Jul 17, 2008 - Central Idaho - Stanley and Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Just north of the Sawtooth National Forest and Galena Summit is the most beautiful valley, formed by the Boulder-White Cloud mountains on the east and the Sawtooth Range on the west. We stayed in Sawtooth City, at the foot of the sawtooth. In Sawtooth City is a ghost town that was full of mining activity in the late 19th century. Nowadays, it is a tourist mecca for hikers and snowmobilers. Across from our RV park is an airport where planes have to have perfect wind conditions or they can't get their planes over the mountains! A few miles...

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