Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Our Wilderness Paradise in Idaho

Idaho has been treating us very well so far.  The high temps are in the high 60’s - mid 70’s and the nights comfortably settle down to the 40’s.  We were prepared for the cold and freezing with a heated water hose, heat lamp for the sewerage compartment, flannel shirts, and our Pendleton blankets.  But I think the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures disappeared with Old Man Winter who is now in dormancy. Flowers are in bloom…so I guess spring has sprung.

Spirit admiring the flower right before she ate it!
 We have been taking advantage of the cool mornings and familiarizing ourselves with the hiking trails.  From our campground there is a beautiful three-mile hike to the group campground that winds through pine forests and along the reservoir.  There are plenty of old logging roads that make great trails through the woods and offer spectacular views of the reservoir.  We are being spoiled with so much wildlife surrounding us.  Routinely, we see herds of white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, osprey, bald eagles and golden eagles.  And we are still keeping our eyes open for a possible wolf, mountain lion, or bear sighting.  The deer don’t hang around us too long as they throw up their white tails and head up through the maze of trees when they hear Spirits thundering paws rapidly approaching.  Spirit is in her glory chasing deer and cooling off in the cold Idaho water.

Sometimes we are walking too slow for Spirits' taste and she decides to be the trail blazer.
Other times, she is nice enough to wait for us.
Other camp hosts and volunteers have arrived so we are no longer alone with the wildlife in our wilderness paradise.  The park does not officially open until the 11th so we have been getting it ready by cleaning out fire pits, cleaning the check-in booth, refurbishing the horseshoe pits, clearing trails, and various other outdoor activities that are far more enjoyable than the many hours spent behind a desk in our previous jobs.  While the pay back at those jobs was significantly more than a free campsite, a red Corps of Engineers hoodie, and steel-toed boots, we are much happier and laugh at the fact that “we could be sitting behind a desk at our old jobs.”  Guess we have really moved on!

The campground has 50 sites that are well-spaced and empty right now.

Not a bad place to hike.
Orofino is the closest town which is about a 45 minute drive so, needless to say, we do not go into town that much.  The rig is well-stocked with food and short of running out of limes for the vodka tonics, we should be just fine.  Oh, and we might need milk.  When there is marginal internet access, no grocery store nearby, and a beautiful setting like this it is becoming easy to settle in to a slow pace. 

Next up…we are going to try our luck fishing and exploring the lake by kayak.


  1. What a peaceful place to "work" I bet you really, really miss your business clothing..............NOT!

  2. You weren't kidding when you said "Paradise". What a great find for a "working" location! :c)


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