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Blodgett Canyon View Trail

Return to Blodgett Canyon
A beautiful warm day when we start our hike
A beautiful warm day when we start our hike

Since my last post I went back to the Blodgett trailhead with a friend of many years, Dona and her Aussie-Border Collie mix Sydney.  She has lived in Hamilton with her husband, Phil, for some time and from what I hear, knows about every trail around here.  We chose the Canyon View for a short hike of about two miles.  One that is not very steep and has some awesome views.

Dona and Sydney
Dona and Sydney

So back out the dirt road arriving late morning and to a sunny, albeit smokey warm day.  We immediately tackled our challenge climbing up the trail.  Sydney was amazing, you can tell she has gone many times and has developed a preference for what types of holes to investigate, looking for that stray squirrel or rodent.

Dona pointed out some Huckleberry BushHuckle Berries along the way.  I was surprised no one had eaten them as they were right along the trail and easy picken’.

On arriving at the top of the trail a spectacular view opened up on the back side of the mountain, overlooking the canyon as far as you could

Looking Into Idaho - Blodgett Canyon
Looking Into Idaho – Blodgett Canyon

see.  It was definitely worth the work to get there.  Unfortunately smoke from the forest fires burning in Washington was washing over the mountains, leaving a haze in the air and limiting the view.

As we were admiring the view we noted a set of rather ominous black clouds moving over the mountains and down the valley so we decided to hightail it back down to the trailhead.  About half way down it started, rain.  Hmm, here I am not prepared as all my gear was in the Coach, which was at the RV Dealer in Missoula.  The thunder and lightening started and I told Dona to run ahead as Sydney was afraid of thunder,

Within a very short time the droplets were becoming quite large and more frequent. I thought to myself, I am going to get drenched, along with my camera.  Almost as quickly as it started though, the rain stopped just as I was nearing the trailhead and Dona waiting with Sydney.  The sun came out and dried my clothes and we finished the trek to the car in the fresh mountain air.

Safe Travels until next time, Gary

 

Looking up at Blodgett Canyon

Back Ordered

Drive to Blodgett Canyon

Dirt Road to Blodgett TrailheadLast week Jagger and I took a short afternoon drive out a rutted dirt road to the Blodgett Canyon trailhead.  I wanted to get a “birdseye” view of our city and  I have been looking up at this canyon pass for a

Looking up at Blodgett Canyon
Looking up at Blodgett Canyon

couple of weeks now from my home, wondering what was up there.

What a difference in vantage points, looking down on the BitterrootLooking back over the Hamilton - Bitterroot Valley Valley and the town I now call my Home.  The drive up was a little rough, but the view was worth it!  After arriving at the trailhead I got out, then retrieved Jagger from the Workhorses’ back seat.  He had issues almost immediately with a couple of people who appeared suddenly coming down one of the trails.  Since Jagger was uncomfortable with this new area, I put him back in the truck.

With Jagger back in the Workhorse, I decided to check out the creek coming down the Blodgett canyon.  It ran right by the truck.  I took a few pictures and returned to the Workhorse.  We then started our ride home, arriving there by late afternoon and in time for dinner at my Brother-In-Law and Sisters’ home.

Jagger’s Training
Jagger Playing in the Pond
Jagger Playing in the Pond

I find it difficult to put what follows down on “paper”. I am sad for Jagger due to his fear and anxiousness towards animals.  We have become buddies since we have spent almost every waking moment for months together.

During a training meeting with Bob and Dona (Jagger-Sydney)
During a training meeting with Bob and Dona (Jagger-Sydney)

Several weeks ago Jagger and I went to a few training sessions here in Hamilton.  I met with Jewell of The Joyful Animal for an observation session.  Then later at several informal sessions, Jagger and I sat in an adjacent yard to agility class in session being led by another trainer.  We stayed there about thirty minutes, walking by areas where he could see the other dogs close by.  He only got anxious a few times, but Jewell was able to refocus him with treats.  A week ago Saturday, we attended Jagger’s first official training class, but Jewell told us it would probably just be another observation session and she was right.  We sat in another area where he could get “peeks” at the four other dogs attending the class.  It was very stressful for him, but we made it through.  Our classes and sessions will continue for four more weeks.  I am hoping to seeing a marked difference in him when we have completed the classes.

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NOTE (recap from earlier posts): Apparently Jagger has a fear of other animals of just about any kind, especially dogs.  I’m not sure what caused this fear,   If you remember, when I picked him up he was six months old.  During my stay in Arizona he had playful interaction with my sons two dogs. He did well and seemed to especially have fun with Phebe a three month old German Sheppard.  Jagger just doesn’t seem to like any other dog or animal for that matter!  As a result he becomes uncontrollable and seems like he wants to get aggressive.

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I will follow up soon with updates soon about his progress.

More “Back Ordered” Parts
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My Rig – Workhorse and Coach

Monday I received some bad news.  The part for my Atwood refrigerator is on backorder.  They are estimating the end of July before it’s shipped to Bretz RV.   So far I am two for two.  I have taken the Coach in for warranty work twice and both times I have been hung up, waiting for parts.  Hopefully this doesn’t delay my departure in early September from my home in Montana.  If you remember in March my plans to leave Arizona were delayed for weeks.  My plan now is to pick up the Coach in Missoula this week and travel the next two weeks here in Montana.  I will return home in early August for a few more weeks before leaving for the rest of the year.

Well that’s it for now.

Safe Travels, Gary

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More Warranty Work for the Coach

Jagger’s Feeling Better
Jagger
Jagger

Jagger continued to dramatically improve from his surgery over the past week.  By the time we left early in July to take the Coach to Bretz RV in Missoula for a couple of warranty repairs, he was almost back to normal. Since we had to leave Hamilton at 6:30 AM to make our appointment in Missoula, I decided to move the Coach to Black Rabbit RV Park along highway 93 (1st Street) in Hamilton.

Black Jack RV - Riverside
Black Jack RV – Riverside

There we dry camped away from other campers as not to disturb them so early in the morning.  Diesel engines starting up do not make a very pleasant alarm clock.

The Repairs

The warranty repairs consisted of the Utility support under theHome kitchen slide, the Lippert rear stabilizer pin that broke and the most important repair was the electric mode of the Dometic refrigerator.  The propane mode has continued to work efficiently for over a month.  I left the Coach at the RV facility to return later, hopefully picking it up and bringing it home.  The other two repairs were completed the same day.  Most interesting was the Lippert Rear Stabilizer, which was pronounced repaired and given their blessing on my arrival!  My Brother-in-law’s custom fix was as good as it gets.  Thanks Bob!  I will be asking them for a spare pin for the one that broke, incase it happens on the road and I’m not in Hamilton where Bob and his complete tool shop is available, to custom make parts.

Some Shopping

The Trilhead - MissoulaAlso while in Missoula I was shopping for a new pair of hiking boots that will hopefully relieve some ankle pain I was having.  My Sister, Janet, referred me to The Trail Head.  A specialty shop for Outdoor and Ski clothing, and accessories.  I wasn’t disappointed, picking up a new pair of  Salewa hiking boots at the same price advertised on Amazon, but the advantage of lots of advice and the ability to try them on.  They are great, the shoes, sales advisors and the store.

Visiting Lolo Pass

During the day we also took a ride out Lolo Pass for a few miles, researching for a future trip we will be taking later in the month.  We didn’t go far, but stopped at the Lolo Square Dance Center and Campground.  I am not a square dancer, but the campground hosts were friendly and the grounds were shaded by large pines. I ended up booking a week there.

Return Home

In the afternoon we returned to Bretz RV in hopes of towing the Coach back home, but alas the part for the refrigerator had to be ordered from Dometic, so I chose to leave the Coach there.  As of this post we are still waiting, the part is “back ordered”  :(

On the drive home Jagger and I made a rest stop at Tuckers Landing on the Bitterroot river.  It was a very long day and we took a quick nap under a tree and later went for a walk.  Then back to highway 93 to complete the trip home.

Bitterroot River at Tucker Crossing

Fawns
Fawns as the move across our property.

While traveling down our street on our final approach, I saw a deer and her fawn crossing up ahead.  I stopped and waited not far from the fawn.  It was a new arrival with legs still unstable.  Eventually the momma deer called it to cross and it caught up to her.  Jagger, although very excited, didn’t bark much.   Probably because I was distracting him with treats :)

Until. next time,  Safe Travels,  Gary

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Reflection: Paria Ghost Town

A visit to Paria Ghost TownOnce again we travel back to last May when we were camped at Panguitch, Utah.  The drive South on highway 89 that took about an hour or so was well worth it for exploring a little history and enjoying some four wheel driving experiences, breathtaking at times.

Paria (Pahreah) Ghost Town

Once arriving at the historic marker along the highway we headed in on an old dirt road that was somewhat maintained.  A little precarious at times, not only from the rough road needing a high clearance vehicle, but a couple of very steep drop off’s if you miss a turn.  On the drive in, the cliffs on either side were multicolored layers of red, white, purple and greyish blue.  A beautiful site that a photograph cannot begin to capture. I wouldn’t recommend this road for a regular passenger car, maybe some SUV’s would be okay.

There were signs that the area has been used by people bringing in horses. The government, I assume, had built some nice corals along with a vault toilet.  Again I don’t think bringing a trailer all the way back would be safe at this time.  Maybe the corals were built long ago.  Riding back from highway 89 would be enjoyable I am sure, but bring plenty of water.

Movie Set

A number of years ago this area was used to film  westerns.  You may recognize some the scenery from movies like “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.  The original movie set including some buildings and false fronts from the making of this movie remained here for many years, but mother nature did her work and they had to be torn down in the late 1990′s due to safety issues.  Later several larger buildings were rebuilt, but in 2006 mysteriously they burned to the ground.

Town Cemetery
All thats left - a Cemetery
All thats left – a Cemetery

A memorial has been erected at the old cemetery, along with an iron fence to protect it.  The grave stones have long since withered away and are not readable.  My understanding is there are a few original foundations left from the original buildings on the other side of the river.  All of the buildings and sign of habitation have long ago faded.

Dry Paria River
Dry Paria Riverbed

Due to the heat and the very dry riverbed, Jagger and I turned the Workhorse around, attempting not to get stuck in the sand in the middle of nowhere!  I was wondering after making a few turns, even in four wheel drive if we would make it.  The four ton weight of the Workhorse was a bit much threatening to dig trenches in the deep sandy surface, leaving us stranded, but we made it out.

Until next time, Safe Travels, Gary

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Reflection: Dixie National Forest – May 2014

I mentioned in a previous post, that I would be looking back on previous adventures that I have not published yet.  Now that I am at my Home Base in Montana, I can catch up a little bit.

What follows below was one of my experiences when I staying in Panguitch, Utah back in May 2014.  If you remember I was camping at the Hitch N Post Campground and had Jagger less than six weeks.

Shopping Adventure?

Now that I am a Retired Vagabond, I have discovered through trail and error that you can’t spend everyday on the hunt of new adventures and things to see.  It’s not like vacation, better because it continues on each day.  Some days you actually need to clean house and do laundry!

Walmart Cedar City
Walmart Cedar City

Yesterday I needed to go to the store for groceries and a few hardware items.  I decided to go to Walmart.  Wait a minute though, the closest Walmart or any hardware store is over fifty miles away.  True there are a few small grocery stores around, which I have been using occasionally, but they don’t always have the items I have in mind.  So the decision was made to have an adventure shopping.

The Trip
Highway 20 to Cedar City
Highway 20 to Cedar City

I chose to drive Highway 20, north of my camp to Interstate 15, then South to Cedar City, Utah.  A pleasant drive through nice scenery that took a little over an hour.

While at Walmart we met a nice lady who had several Australian Shepherds.  She saw Jagger and walked all the way across the parking lot to say hi.  We visited for awhile then left for the drive back to our camp.

On the way back we went Highway 14, through the Dixie National Forest.  This was a steeper and more narrow road.  I am not sure I would want to bring the Coach up here, but I am sure the Workhorse wouldn’t have a problem if I did.

I passed several trucks really struggling to pull their trailers over the winding, steep terrain.  We took our time stopping here and there for sight seeing and grabbing a few photos.  I am glad I didn’t buy anything perishable as it took over 2 hours to get back to camp.  Well worth the trip though in many ways.  I am not sure many could say they saw what I did on a grocery run!  Good times.

Until next time, Safe Travels, Gary

 

 

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Jagger – The Dreaded Day

The Dreaded Day
D-Day
D-Day

Jagger’s dreaded day, should I have told him first?  Yesterday was a day that I think was just as hard on me as Jagger, of course not physically for me.  He was neutered.  The surgery was performed by Dr. Hans H. Boer, DVM (Hans) at Companion Pet Clinic, here in town.  We have visited there several times since our arrival and the staff and Hans are wonderful.  I also should mention they are very reasonable compared to California and Arizona Vets too!  On arrival Jagger was his happy go lucky self.  Anxious to meet everyone in the office.  After check in, I gave the leash to the tech and off he bravely marched not even looking back and no I didn’t tell him.  I feel a little guilty for that.

Pick Up Time
Poor Baby
Poor Baby – After arriving at Home

When I picked Jagger up in the afternoon, after his surgery, he seemed a lot more active than I expected and he pulled me to the Workhorse.  He got help up to the back seat by one of the staff tech’s and we started our journey home, which was only a few miles.  After arriving home I turned around to see those big blues about half staff!  He was falling asleep sitting up.  That pretty much was how it went the next 24 hours, a very sleepy puppy.

Recovery Days
Rainy Day - Looking out our window
Rainy Day – Looking out our window

During Jagger’s recovery the next few days I sat down and put “pen to paper”.  During the recovery I watched Jagger struggle back to normal after the medication.  Sleepy all afternoon and evening.  The next day is better, but Jagger is still laying in his kennel at our Home Base.  It will be a quiet day which is fine as it has been raining here, very intense at times.

 Tomorrow

I am hoping for a good day tomorrow for Jagger.  His trainer, Jewel from “The Joyful Animal” will be coming by for an early evaluation.  Jagger is still having issues with animals, especially dogs (and deer).  I am hoping to learn how to correct that for sake of both of us.

Safe Travels until next time, Gary

 

 

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Home Base – Settling In

Being back at “Home Base” with my “Coach’s” first visit, has been great.  During the past week or so I have been relaxing, reading a series of “Barnaby Skye” novels that were recommended sometime back by RV Sue and Crew.  I have enjoyed it, especially since it revolves around the pre-pioneer and pioneer days in the area I now call Home Base.  Also I have been doing some cleaning and general maintenance on the Coach.

As a side note: Home Base is the first camp that upgraded my electrical hookup to 50 amps so I could run my air conditioner when we have additional family members join us here in Montana later this Summer.  I feel pretty special here!

Remodel Completed
Finishing Up the Remodel
Finishing Up the Remodel

The house remodel is finished and I moved in last week.  I will be here until next Tuesday when I pull my Coach to Missoula for some more warranty work, about 50 miles away.  My refrigerator “electric” mode died about a month ago and I have been using the propane mode since.  Also a drive pin sheared off my rear Lippert electric stabilizers and made them inoperable.  Fortunately, this happened when I arrived here at Home Base.  I need to get everything back up to speed before I head out in September for more adventures.  After the repairs are completed, how ever long it takes I will come back home for more R & R and some family time.

Venturing Out

Only a few days since arriving at Home Base, have I ventured out for any exploration.  However we did go for a drive and check out a couple of  future “short trips”.  One was the National Forest Land at Bear Creek.  Partially developed in one area requiring a drive back in the forest on dirt roads too rough for the Coach. The other area was a campground with some pull through sites, but very tight for me.  I didn’t take any pictures :( it was so crowded.  All the spots were full and several RV’s were still circling the wagons, but no space.  We moved on.

Later in the week I drove to Lake Como with my sister.  It had a nice campground.  Very small, I think 16 sites mostly pull  through with electric.  I may go here for a week or so later in July or early August.

Como Lake
Como Lake
Como Lake - Future Camp?
Como Lake – Future Camp?
Jagger’s Training

Jagger has made remarkable improvements in his obedience training.  Most of the time he is “leash free” here on the property, which I might add doesn’t have any retaining fence.  It’s been a blast to watch him run and chase a Frisbee.  His agility is remarkable.  Walking on the leash has also improved.  He really has learned a lot in just a few short months with me, under very unusual circumstances of moving all the time.  I have him signed up locally for some classes starting in July.  The class is really for me :) – don’t tell Jagger though.

Safe travels until next time, Gary

Home

North to Montana

Wagonhammer RV Park - North Fork, ID
Wagonhammer RV Park – North Fork, ID

Heading north to my new home base in Montana only 70 miles away.  I planned to leave Wagonhammer Campground in North Fork, Idaho early in the morning.  I was able to pull off 8 AM, the earliest departure since I have been on the road.  Pulling away, I again had feelings of leaving something special.  We had a great time at Wagonhammer, especially “Dog Island”.  I will have a lot of good memories of a relaxing times and good acquaintances.  The campground is one of my favorites so far.  It had the right mix of atmosphere (Rivers and Trees), Great facilities, wonderful Hosts, but time to move on to my home in the North.

Lewis and Clark, Indians Passed This Way

As we pull out onto Highway 93, I focus on the road heading North over the Great Divide.  My mind wonders some, thinking about Lewis and Clark along with many other Indians and Pioneers.  They made the same route North many years before, but they weren’t pulling the weight my Workhorse.  It is pretty effortlessly moving up & down the highway.  They had many more difficulties and taking many days to accomplish what I will in a little over an hour.  We live with wonderful inventions, but at a price.  I will pass more wonders than you can count and never really see them even though I move slow and focus on such things. Progress?

Getting Close to Home

This is some of the steepest roads I have been on with the Coach behind me.  There was virtually no place to safely pull over and take pictures of the beautiful landscape flying by my window.  For many miles the Workhorse was pulling up, once over the Great Divide and passing highway 48 coming in from Big Hole we started our descent traveling down steep, winding roads at 25 MPH.  The closer we got to Sula, Montana, highway 93 became very narrow.  I didn’t remember it being so narrow when traveling in a car along the Bitterroot River, but at 8 feet wide, I am taking up almost all of my lane North.

Chief Joseph Ranch

Soon we were in familiar territory, passing the Chief Joesph Ranch, now owned by a nice family from Missouri.  I wanted to turn in the entrance gates, as that was home when I visited here so many times over the last 10 years.  But onward we go to Hamilton.

Property Entrance
Property Entrance
Final Approach

On arriving at our home, I parked out front on the narrow road and did the walk through.  I needed to make sure the Coach would fit the narrow driveway and approach to the site where it would park the next few weeks.  It appeared we would make the turns and so I proceeded cautiously.

It was very close in fact the branches were rubbing on the Coach, but I thought it would be okay, however I had some very minor superficial damage.  I guess we need to trim the trees back some before making the pass again.

Arrived

We are officially Home and Jagger is so happy, as am I.  This is Jagger’s first experience here and you can tell he loves Janet and Bob immediately.  Right outside the Coach is a huge yard for Jagger to run and play.

Until next time, Safe Travels, Gary

 

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The River Of No Return

The Shoup Cafe and Store
The Shoup Cafe and Store

Our Hostess, Shirley, at Waggonhammer Campground told me about a Cafe-Store up the North Fork of the Salmon River.  The road starts out as North Fork (also labeled NF30). The Cafe-Store history actually goes back to the late 1800′s when explorers passing trough the valley established claims for mining and a trading post along the river.  The town was named after George Shoup the first governor of Idaho. I understand from the owner of the store that it’s not the original building.  The current building was built on the same site in the 1960′s.  The National Forest road was originally supposed to go all the way through in exchange for land the the land owners gave the National Forest, but when World War II broke out the road work stopped at Corn Creek and has never been finished to this day.

Salmon River road to Shoup Cafe and Store
Our trip begins – Salmon River road to Shoup Cafe and Store

This whole area has a lot of history; Mining, Trading Posts ,River Travel and “Lewis and Clark”. Going out on the road we stopped at the Shoup Cafe and I questioned the owner about the area.  He was very cordial and spent a lot of time with me.  When I departed I told him I would return for lunch and a homemade ice cream shake that I heard about (yum). Rafting near Shoups' Store               Going back out to the Workhorse I was able to enjoy the first of many rafters cruising down river.  The river seemed to get more turbulent the further down the road we went.  On a side note the rivers nick name is “The River of No Return”.  I can see why.

After 40 miles we stopped for a walk around tEnd of the trail for ushe Stoddard Trail head.   It is equipped for equestrian travelers.  As we were walking along the road I noticed a sign the said Corn Creek (the end) was still 7 miles away.  We had driven a hour to get that far due to the rough roads and slow travel.  Going forward the road wasn’t much bigger than one lane dirt road with a posted speed limit of 35 mph (yikes).  So we called it a day, turning around and heading back to the Cafe. On the way back I stopped for several shots of many Rafters drifting down the river and also several river boats fighting there way back up the river.

Shoup Store where we had lunchOnce arriving back at the Cafe, Jagger and I sat out on the porch having lunch and visiting with the locals for over an hour.  What a great adventure.  Now back to camp. Safe Travels, Gary

The Big Splash

Bridge to Dog Island
Bridge to Dog Island

Another day here in North Fork, Idaho started out beautiful.  Sun shining and in the seventies once it got going.  The plan was to drive to North Fork which is actually several miles north of us, then down a road to a place called Shoup country.  There is a gift store and a number of hiking trails.  I am told the road is paved several miles, then turns into dirt continuing down to Middle Fork. Right after breakfast Jagger had to go for his morning constitutional.  After a few visits with neighbors along the way we were ready to take off for the drive to Shoup Country. Well Jagger had the desire to go for another walk, so we went to “Dog Island” for a few minutes for a romp in the weeds.

All Goes Well Until

As before, Jagger ran and ran all around that Island.  Occasionally buzzing me at 20 mph, I think just to see if I would flinch.  I really enjoy watching him run free.  Then Jagger saw a large Robin off in the distance and decided to chase him and have a little fun.  Well I saw Jagger run across the Island full speed, then over a small knoll with tall weeds, about knee high.

The Infamous "Knoll" Dog Island
The Infamous “Knoll” Dog Island

I waited for him to return for a few minutes, but no Jagger.  I then issued a return command, but no Jagger.  I thought maybe the Robin had carried him off or worse maybe he fell in the river on the fast running side of the Island.  So I started walking quickly that direction to check on him.  On reaching the knoll I see Jagger laying in the weeds at the edge of a small pond that was in the middle of the Island.  He was completely drenched.  He looked like the proverbial “drowned rat” and was choking a little.

Jagger's Pond
Jagger’s Pond

 

Oh-No Jagger

I was somewhat shocked, not realizing that the pond existed and of course worried about him.  I called him and he got up, sputtered a little more, but seemed okay.

What Happened

Since I wasn’t there to see Jagger’s plunge the only thing I can do is guess.  As the ground comes up over the little knoll there is about a two foot drop off into the pond.  As steep as it was, I am surprised he was able to crawl out.  Probably with the speed he was running he was unable to stop and off he went for a morning dip in the icy cold, slimy water.  What a mess, especially after rolling in the dirt.  The only thing left to do was pack up and go back to the Coach to give him a much needed bath.  My only regret was things happened too fast to get photos! I guess North Fork will wait until another time.

Safe Travels, Gary

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Jagger’s Fishing Trip

Salmon River
Salmon River runs in front of our camp

Today we mostly stayed around the camp recuperating from the traveling day.   I snapped a couple of pictures around our campsite, then late morning I took Jagger to “Dog Island” when no other dogs were present.  I can’t wait until we get back to Hamilton so Jagger can work with a socialization trainer.  He is still having issues with other animals.  So far this includes Dogs, Cats, and Horses that have crossed our path over the last two months.

 Dog Island

This was like Disneyland for dogs, even better than the dog park at our Lake Utah camp.  The island is in the middle of the Salmon River and is accessed via a bridge.  Once on the island the leash can come off and oh boy there he goes.  It’s about the size of a football field.

Bridge to Dog Island
Bridge to Dog Island
Adventure Turns Fishing

Jagger ran until I thought he would drop, but breathing hard just kept going.  He would run out and around then buzz me going 20 mph within inches of my leg.  It was so fun to watch him play.  After he tired out he went down to the river, maybe to get a drink.

Jagger hasn’t given me a reason to worry about him going in the water.  Every time we are around water he stays out.  The Salmon River runs pretty fast and is very cold.  I could just barely see Jagger, but I saw he was venturing into the water.  Yikes, but then I saw he was grabbing something and pulling it to shore.  I thought it was a stick.  Once on shore he got a better grip on it and proudly brought it to me.

Salmon River
Salmon River

When he got closer I could see it was a fish!  Hmm, maybe he is bringing dinner?  After reaching me I told him to ‘give’, his command for release, but nope.  I had to forcefully open those jaws witch were locked on that fish, a nice 16″ trout.  After I got it out of his mouth, I deposited it back in it’s natural habitat in the middle of the Salmon River.  Oh I forgot to mention, the fish was already dead :( and smelling a bit.  Hopefully it doesn’t add to his existing digestion problems.  Anyway I got a good laugh out of it.

Later we took a ride into town to pick up some provisions and fuel for the Workhorse.  Not a quick trip as it’s twenty minutes each way.  Even going to town is an adventure, driving right beside the Salmon River most of the way.

Once we got back I put groceries away and set out to prepare my addition to the “Pot Luck Happy Hours”, hosted by the owners of the RV Park.  In all it was a wonderful day at the river.

Safe Travels, Gary

 

North Fork Idaho

North to Salmon, then North Fork, ID
North to Salmon, then North Fork, ID

I chose to travel Highway 28 most of the way North from Shelley, ID to North Fork, ID  to avoid the Interstates and see some scenery, I was not disappointed.  The traffic was almost non-existent, sometimes intervals of 10 minutes with no cars anywhere.

A Difference Traveling

Vast stretches of farmlands and meadows were predominant as I started out in Shelley.  It felt unusual as when traveling in Utah, the mountains were very close as I passed through valleys.  I still could see mountains, but in the very far distance on both sides.  As I traveled further north the mountains closed in and I started to climb.  The Workhorses’ engine was having to work a little to pull the six tons of the Coach hitched behind.  I was able to stop along the way and snap a few photos to share with you, something I usually can’t do on the Interstate highways.

Lunch Break

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Time for Lunch
Lunch Stop

We took our time, stopping for lunch in the middle on nowhere.  What better backdrop for a picnic.  The nice thing about towing your home is everything is right there when you need it, cold lunch prepared right from the refrigerator, crank up the radio for ambiance and a nice clean restroom whenever necessary.

Along the way
Along the way

I took frequent breaks and enjoyed the day traveling.

 

 

 

 

Arrive @ Wagonhammer RV Park

Early afternoon I pulled into Wagonhammer RV Park.  Probably one of the nicest campgrounds I have found so far.  Right on the Salmon River about twenty miles north of Salmon, Idaho and several miles South of North Fork, Idaho. Arriving Wagonhammer RV Park - North Fork, ID

Tomorrow will be rest and a little exploration of the Park, especially looking forward to the “leash free Dog Island”.

 

Safe travels, Gary

 

 

Travel Day – North to Salmon, ID

North Bingham Camp - Shelley, ID
Look Close – The Coach is in the distance

I am in the process of securing everything inside and outside of the Coach, hitching up and moving down the road.  Today I have a little over 200 miles to cover before I arrive at the next camp near Salmon, Idaho.  I am looking forward to relaxing there for a week.  Then I will be traveling over the continental divide.  A feet that would have been impossible in the pioneer days, at least pulling the almost 12,000 pounds over the pass with an 8,000 pound vehicle.

I really liked the camp here in Shelley, Idaho.  I would like to return here again some day and maybe stay for a few more days.  It seems to have the perfect mix for me.  Out of the big city, but close to necessities and plenty of room.

Looking across the Snake River
Looking across the Snake River

 

 

Investigating the Park

Yesterday Jagger and I walked around the park and down to the Snake River, running full, swiftly and somewhat muddy.  Again I was impressed with this little park snuggled into the flat lands of farms surrounding it.  In the slideshow below, most of the replica buildings are for the kids visiting the park.  It is in essence a “history” playground and very realistic.  The school and a couple of other buildings are real and have been moved and reconstructed on site.  The barn is for 4H events.  The “air field” is used by model enthusiasts.  The horse arena seems to be used often, at least while I was here.  People trailer their horses here to ride.

Well I better get going… Safe travels, Gary

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Journey North to Idaho

Welcome to Idaho - First Rest Stop - Lunch Time
Welcome to Idaho – First Rest Stop – Lunch Time

North to Idaho.  We made good time heading north on a 200 plus mile trek from Lake Utah to Shelley, Idaho.  Our first stop was a rest stop for lunch, just inside the Idaho boarder.

Continuing North we passed mile after mile of beautiful scenery.  Mountains never ending.  Valleys and meadows.  It makes you wonder just how big the creation in which we live is, if what I have seen is multiplied times the area of Earth.  Watching on TV or the internet you realize history and relationship of locations, but when you travel SLOWLY, you realize how BIG and the uniqueness of each part of the whole creation.

I never realized how much volcanic rock adorns the countryside.  It’s everywhere.  Fields of it in different stages of decomposure.  Here in Idaho flat lands you see sediment starting to cover and trees and bushes growing back, reclaiming the land.Welcome to Idaho

 

Shelly Idaho - North Bingham County Park

We made it safe to our next layover, a county park in Shelley Idaho.  I only had one small issue.  A light came on the instrumentation panel of the Workhorse about 20 miles from our destination and a bell sounded.  It was the Malfunction indicator light (MIL) and has stayed on.  The manual indicates this is a problem with the Catalytic converter and needs to be serviced if it doesn’t go out in several cycles, so I will be watching this.  It’s too earlier to be smogged, just turned 10,000 miles.

It’s really peaceful here.  A perfect stop for a couple of days, breaking up a 500 plus mile trip to Salmon Idaho.  The park is small and right in the middle of farmland for miles.

This morning I woke to a different sight out my window.  A green field, not the desert.  Great start to the new day.

Safe travels, Gary

Reflections – Slowing Down At Lake Utah

Heber, UT
Heber city is pretty quiet on Sunday’s – maybe every day
Deer Creek Dam
Deer Creek is huge lake and would be a nice destination in its self. Passed on the way to Park City

Saturday and Sunday were days of rest and relaxation.  We took a drive to Park City on Sunday.  It was a beautiful drive that unfortunately I have very few physical pictures due to unsafe places to pull off the highway.

On every side of the stretching highway, there were steep green mountains with melting snow.  Resting below were farms with beautiful meadows already busy growing crops of this and that, or raising cattle and sheep.

On our arrival at Park City, apparently a Ski mecca, I drove down the main drag which was teaming with people enjoying the sunny cool day.  Parking would have been difficult for the Workhorse, but doable.  Many of the numerous people milling about the town had dogs.  The dogs were not an option!  I had no desire or the energy to fight with Jagger if we would have decided to walk the area.  Jagger, however doing well with people now, cannot stand another dog or animal of any kind for that matter.  More training is in our future.  So that restricted the sight seeing to the truck which was fine with me.

Park City has many layers.  Some of the outer campgrounds would be nice as a destination.  You could spend a lot of time exploring here.  Deer Creek reservoir had some camps that looked really nice!  Again it in itself is a huge area.

Bridal Falls

Bridal Falls
Bridal Falls

Last Friday, Jagger and I took a drive out to Bridal Falls looking for a short hike to get outdoors.  Bridal Falls is right off the highway and has several highly used, developed parks.  It’s a beautiful falls within a valley that reminds me a little of  the Highway 80 corridor in Oregon, along the Columbia River.  Much smaller in scale though.

Provo River near Bridal Falls Utah
Provo River near Bridal Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Utah

Lake Utah
Lake Utah

On the way back from Bridal Falls I decided to check out Lake Utah State Park, which was within walking distance of the camp where we are parked.  I hadn’t been in the State Park yet and was curious for future trips.  It look’s like a nice place to camp if your boating or just enjoying the sun, however I like camps with more trees or desert foliage.  The RV Park was pretty basic with Water and electric, but no sewer connections.  Each camp had a lot of room, which was nice.  They had several boat launches and a jetty you could go out on to fish.  I drove out as far as I dared and did a five point “u-turn” to go back.  It was pretty narrow for the Workhorse and water was on both sides.

Jetty Lake Utah
Jetty Lake Utah

I think I am ready to move on to my next camp.  Camping in an area so close to the “big city” is not my favorite and I am anxious to get to Montana I guess.

Safe Travels, Gary

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