Preparing for departure
The Fireburger wasn’t spicy, but it was flavorful, juicy, and delicious. It was one fantastic burger! Med and Large were huge shakes - Small would have been a better choice.
It seems that Christian holidays “can be” a big deal in this town. There were some other structures that looked like an inn and barn with a manger.
We drove through a swarm and several didn’t survive
$7.50 for 2 beers!
Steen Mtn - in search of the elusive wild mustang
Quick stop for relief and refreshment
Stop for gas and water. The second of which supplied by a hand pump.
Lots of this today…
Stop for gas and a lunch of apples, cheese and meat sticks. Soaked our shirts and wet our hair to help keep cool in the 103 degree heat.
Onions! Also wheat, potatoes, and corn for miles and miles
Unlike California, the park was green and clean - not overrun by urban campers, the river was full - not well below capacity, and the capital was accessible - not fenced and guarded by police.
Not many places were open, but we found a family run business
People gathered on the green, ate, drank, visited, played, and danced (all unmasked) for hours and the sunset was like a warmup act for the main event. Smaller fireworks displays started about 8:30pm and continued well past midnight, visible 360 degrees around us at all times. Our show was a 25-minute spectacular set to music. We could feel the heat of the “fireballs” and the boom of the rockets. What a show!
We headed south from Boise to catch the scenic road to get to our destination
Amazing rock formations along the river
A quick stop for some refreshments
Yikes! The traffic was staggering - fortunately most of it was going the other way
MILES of cars… going the other way. The white water went for miles too. The alpine meadow was reminiscent of Europe.
This guy was bar tending, serving tables, and selling gear. Seriously understaffed because the government is now paying people to NOT work.
A dip in the water followed by a nap on the grass. Later, drinks and a small bite overlooking the lake.
We rented e-bikes to explore Payette Lake. The views were spectacular all around. We brought lunch, rested and swam before heading back. It was a longer day than we planned, so a cold beer was a welcome refreshment st the end. At the north point of the lake, stay on the road. You cannot get back to it along the beach!
5 star service and the bar a perfect place to relax after an active day. Ask for Woody. He’s amazing!
We hiked 4 miles up and took the chairlift down. Beautiful day. Spectacular wildflowers.
It was hit, but worth it to see these falls.
A sweet comfy place with lovely hosts and a fantastic breakfast.