IDAHO: Salmon River, Sun Valley and Harvest Host in Bellevue

September 6th ~ Sun Valley, ID

Salmon River information

We continued to follow the Salmon River from Stanley toward Sun Valley.  Continue reading

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Stanley, Idaho ~ Redfish Lake

September 5th ~ Stanley, ID

Redfish Lake Marina

Redfish Lake is located about five miles south of Stanley and smack dab in the middle of the Sawtooth Mountains Recreation Area.  Continue reading

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Salmon River Scenic Byway to Stanley, Idaho

September 4th ~ Salmon River Scenic Byway

Salmon River Scenic Byway – Sawtooth Mountains in background

*Our camp at Wagonhammer Campground (North Fork, ID) was lovely with our site right on the water.   Continue reading

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North Fork, Idaho ~ Building a Compound at Wagonhammer Campground

September 3 ~ North Fork, Idaho

North Fork, Idaho

It was a reasonable 140 mile drive on this day from Missoula, Montana back into Idaho. We planned for just one over-night in North Fork to break up the distance into easy bites.  Continue reading

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Starting a Petition to Save Yogi Bear at Jellystone Park

September 1-3rd ~ Missoula, Montana

Yogi welcomes us to Jellystone Park

It was Labor Day weekend, and many of the parks were already booked for the end-of-summer holiday. It is normally quite easy for Tim and I to find places to stay with our tiny rig, but traveling with others that have larger rigs makes it more of a challenge. The long spaces are more limited in number.

Thankfully my sister had done the research and found Jellystone Park in Missoula. I think her comment was something along the lines of, “come on, who would not want to stay there…”. So of course it was added to our itinerary.  Continue reading

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Miracle of America Museum ~ Polson, Montana

August 30 – 31st ~ Polson, MT

Tim with the owner/collector, Gil Mangels

This was our second experience staying at a Harvest Host location, and it was equally interesting. This is a membership RVing organization that bills itself as “Unique Overnight Stops at Wineries, Farms and Attractions”. Here is a little clip to give you a brief intro into what a stay MAY be like. So far our two stays have been quite different from what is shown in this video, but fun none-the-less.  Continue reading

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From Lake Pend Oreille to Flathead Lake (Idaho to Montana)

August 30th ~ Drive from Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID) to Flathead Lake (Polson, MT)

One of several rivers we passed over or by

~ This was just a repositioning day. Driving approximately 200 miles from Sandpoint, Idaho to Polson, Montana.  Continue reading

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Cruise on Lake Pend Oreille and Picking Blueberries

August 29th ~ Sandpoint, ID

Boat for our cruise on Lake Pend Oreille

~ We arranged an afternoon excursion on the lake through Lake Pend Oreille Cruises. Originally we wanted to take the 3:00 nature cruise, but not enough people signed up to meet the minimum numbers, so the 1:00 history cruise was a good substitute.  Continue reading

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Hiking on Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

August 28th ~ Sandpoint, Idaho

View of Lake Pend Oreille on the drive to Schweitzer Mountain

*Up and on the road by 9:00ish, we had a little bit of a drive to get from Riley Recreation Area to Schweitzer MountainContinue reading

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Riley Creek Recreation Area on the Pend Oreille River, Idaho

August 27th – 30th ~ Near Sandpoint, Idaho

Pend Oreille River from Riley Creek Recreation Area Campground

*We booked three nights at the Army Corp of Engineering camp ground in the Riley Creek Recreation Area. Situated right on the Pend Oreille River, a few miles outside of Sandpoint, Idaho, it is a great place for a base to explore the area.  Continue reading

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