Back in Idaho

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Where I stayed
Hells Canyon State Park
What I did
Basked in the summer heat...

Flag of United States  , Idaho
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We got an early start today, not really wanting to leave this gem of a park near Plymouth, Washington.  The day started in the high fifties with a clear blue sky.  

We set the Hussy (Garmin Novi 465 GPS) for Safeway in Lewiston and took off.  The Hussy, for at least two hours, tried to take us west. Fortunately, Lynn, having fully honed her map-reading skills, set us straight.  The Hussy raved on.  Part of our route took us along the Columbia, but the landscape changed dramatically.  The mountains appeared again, but this time were clad with golden, ripe grass.  Many of them reminded me of the pyramids or the sphinx in Egypt.  The roads were smooth, but continued to be of rolling hills and great curves.  More motorcyclist paradise, for sure.  

We stopped at one of our favorite campgrounds from the old VW Kamper days.  It's west of Dayton, WA and is called Lewis and Clark State Park.  We sat in the shade of towering trees, with the generator powering the AC and had lunch.  Far from roughing it, we've been enjoying the luxuries of traveling in a Class A Motorhome.  It's the greatest... We really enjoy and I must say, love Shorty.  We lack for nothing on the road.  Plenty of room for meals, a great bed and an indoor toilet with a full shower.  What more can one ask?  

We finally found a Safeway in Lewiston and stocked up on a few items to carry us through the next couple of days until we're back in Helena.

I checked out the area for a campground, using the trusty Droid and found this place, just four miles from town.  It's on the Snake River. We have a river view site and are surrounded by numerous other campers, but, it's quiet.  The grass is a glorious green and well kept. The roads and sites are newly paved and the air is warm, in the eighties when we arrived.  Lynn is in thermal heaven and has been wearing shorter pants.  Neither of us can remember what they are called, but in the "olden days" they were referred to as "peddle pushers".  Some of you more mature folks may remember such.

For dinner, we had French dip sandwiches and salad.  After we dined, we took a stroll around the camp for a bit and admired the beauty of the place.  Many of the sites are reserved for the weekend and beyond, so I'd guess that the place really rocks as summer progresses.

Tomorrow, we'll reach one of my most-favorite places, the Lochsa River.  We did a whitewater float there two years running with our friends David and Sus'.  We still have great memories of being "popped" out of the raft and waiting to be hauled back in.  Nothing more thrilling than "riding the tubes" through Class IV rapids!  The water should be down a bit from back then, but will be thrilling to see again.  We hope to spend the night at Wilderness Gateway Campground.  It's one of our favorite spots with several trails there, some of which lead into the Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness: thus the name.

I took no photos today, but have a couple from the sunset last night in Plymouth.  I hope that will suffice.  I have received scant comments lately, so hope that you're still out there.  Otherwise, I must admit, that I'll just have to follow the dictates of my Ego and keep on producing this thing.  Take care and above all, live life and enjoy summer.
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ferdie on

Glad that you are enjoying your trip! I love that drive on the bike from Lewiston along the Columbia towards Lolo! See you soon!

Wendy on

Your journeys sound amazing and so filled with peace and appreciation of life. Keep enjoying and this thermal gal is looking forward to a hot weekend in Helena. Hugs and kisses to Lynn.

ralphy on

Just watchin' ya and have retirement envy! Looks like you'se guys are having a ball!

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