Idaho marks our 21st state and two years full timing!

Sticker = 5 consecutive nights in state

Sticker = 5 consecutive nights in state

Since much of our summer here in South Central Oregon (Junipers Reservoir RV Resort in Lakeview) has been consumed with selling and buying a new camper, we haven’t explored as much as we had planned on our days off.  Not to worry – this will give us the opportunity in the future to come back to this part of the state.  People tend to think of Oregon as coastal or mountains and forget the Eastern high desert geography.

Alturas Lake in ID

Alturas Lake in ID

We’ve both lived in several states and have found out the longer you are somewhere, the more neat places you find out about that are not part of the ‘top tier’ or first-mentioned places.  So after six months here we have LOTS of places marked on our ‘come back’ list.

Happy Hour by Alturas Lake

Happy Hour by Alturas Lake

On our  most recent week off we decided to test out boon docking in the new camper and explore West Central Idaho.  We spent two days in Boise running errands since Lakeview is the largest town within a 3 hour drive and only has one hardware, one lumberyard, one grocery etc.  Great size for normal day-to-day but every once in awhile you have to get the ‘can’t find it here’ list shopped.  Boise was a very clean city with a walk/bike greenway through the town that we’d like to come back and do.

In Boise National Forest - hiked up and saw a bear

In Boise National Forest – hiked up and saw a bear

Camped by the river in Boise NF

Camped by the river in Boise NF

After we finished in the city we headed into the Boise and the Sawtooth National Forests.  A multitude of lakes and streams with a loads of camping locations – we stayed at several Forest Service Campgrounds and dispersed Sportsman Access locations. No hookups gave us an opportunity to get used to boon docking again after being in a campground all summer.  The solar panel charged the battery quickly and we didn’t even come close to using all our fresh water and filling the other tanks since all are larger in this camper.

Rope-like pahoehoe lava

Rope-like pahoehoe lava

Lava spatter cones

Lava spatter cones

Acres of lava flow areas

Acres of lava flow areas

We visited Craters of the Moon National Monument for some hiking.  Very surreal landscape with acres and acres of hard lava, tall cinder cones, caves, and basalt fragments.  We were lucky it was a little cooler for hiking since during the summer the afternoons can be brutal.  The rock can get up to 150 degrees with an ambient temperature of 90.

This park is remote and has a small campground that doesn’t have much shade so we opted for a state fish and game Sportsman Access a few miles down the road – free and shaded.

This is also the anniversary of our two years on the road after retiring in August 2014.  Since we’ve been traveling, we’ve camped for 759 days with 540 free nights (camp hosting, driveway surfing, or dispersed camping) in 21 states.  For 2016 we’ve   spent $488 in camping (have camp hosted for 8 months).  We have enjoyed our hosting duties but look forward to a few months of meandering.

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8 Responses to Idaho marks our 21st state and two years full timing!

  1. Sharon Wingard says:

    Caite –

    We missed you in BC for the reunion. Its OK, we understood you had a commitment. We are publishing a 40th reunion Memory Book and we would LOVE to include you and hear of your adventures. I have a form you can fill out or you can reply with the information…. stuff like married? kids? grand kids? post high school education? what you’re doing these days? memories from High School? etc. I know if you include how to see your blogs everyone would love to subscribe. (I sure enjoy hearing of your exciting adventures.) Contact us soon because we’d like to wrap up the book by Oct 1-ish. Please include a good email address and we will send you a copy of the book. OR If you’d rather, we can mail you a cd/dvd copy for $10.. just let us know. Happy Trails! Sharon McCracken-Wingard

  2. Craters of the Moon looks like a great spot to explore. From looking at your photos, it’s pretty easy to imagine the lava flowing and spattering.

    Your $488 camping figure floored me. You and Glenn really have figured out how to make this workout for yourselves. While it’s intriguing to ponder, I don’t think we are quite ready to do that yet. We’ve got a huge list of places that we need to visit. Although we’re chipping slowly away at it, we keep adding new ones,of course, and we seem to be aging at an alarming rate. So I feel that we have to continue to pound the back roads with whatever time we have.

    Are you heading to Florida/Alabama for the winter? If you get near Michigan, our driveway is always open.

    Happy travels.

    • gconthemove says:

      This year, because of camp hosting, has been particularly easy on the bank account. Next year will be more travel and more expense. I found a GREAT deal on three different Encore resort in Yuma for this winter so will hunker down there for three months. Will explore more in AZ and Southern California. Can’t remember if I posted what a great bikeway Boise has if you travel Idaho next year. Do you have a travel plan yet?

  3. Kate G. says:

    I can understand how you’d want to roam a bit again. Congratulations on your milestone. We passed through Craters of the Moon in 2011 and it was, as you say, surreal.

  4. Ed Matter says:

    Enjoy your vacation from your vacation…….lol

  5. Keith says:

    Congrats, you two!

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