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.
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.
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.
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.
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.