Our Private Idaho
Trip Start May 09, 2009
96Trip End May 27, 2010
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Where I stayed
Challis Hot Springs Campground
Stanley Lake Inlet - NFS Campground
Hi Valley RV Park - Boise ID
We found a wonderful NFS campsite at the Stanley Lake Inlet. The site was the largest so far and backed up to woods. AND IT DID NOT RAIN!! Yes, believe it or not, Stanley Lake started a string of sunny days. We were able to sit outside, have campfires at night and explore during the day. Heavenly!
Stanley is in the Sawtooth National Forest, with the Sawtooth Mountain Range as the primary draw. It's an absolutely beautiful area. We took a scenic drive through the area to Ketchum – a great town surrounded by the Sawtooths
Our next stop was Boise ID to see Jim’s long-time (and my new) friends Vera and Frank McCrink who escaped from Ohio when their kids (Matt and Ally) were young for the good life out west. They love it there and we left there loving it too. We had breakfast and went to an art fair in downtown Boise which is vibrant yet retains a small-town feel. At the time of our visit, Vera was a dean at Boise State University (she is now dean at College of Western Idaho due to transfer of her programs) and her son, Matt, is a BSU grad student in engineering. Matt gave us a tour of the engineering labs (truly some great scientific stuff going on there!) and Vera and Frank showed us the infamous blue football field of the BSU Broncos -- so bright I had to wear shades – and the BSU horticultural gardens that Vera’s students maintain. That afternoon Jim helped Frank move some furniture to Ally’s new apartment. She’s a senior at BSU studying graphic design and already works part-time doing web design.
The next day we took a tour with Vera and Frank of a couple of wineries outside Boise – beautiful weather, great scenery and fun companionship – what more could you ask for?