"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Returning to Ketchum, Idaho

Ketchum, Idaho
North Fork BLM

We absolutely love the boondocking options along Hwy 75 in Eastern Idaho.  Well marked, usually easy to get to with big rigs an nearby water/dump/garbage options.  If you take North Fork Rd towards the Sawtooth National Rec Area Headquarters there are some great spots along the Big Woods River.  I would not drive much past the water/dump/garbage station as large turnarounds are not easy to come by.  Best to scope it out first. 
We were lucky to find a spot that would hold both of our rigs as it was 4th of July time.  We were only going to be here for a few days so we didn't mind too much where we ended up.  As it turned out, we got a pretty nice spot.  Not on the river, but the water was just past the pines.  Temps were good and comfortable too.

Here's a good map of where we were.  N Fork is right off Hwy 75 just north of the town of Ketchum. We took the left off to the red dot.  If you keep going down the main road you'll come to many other pull outs.
Hard packed dirt/gravel.  Yes, it's dusty too.
It was a snug fit but no one really comes down here.

Pretty purple sunsets.

Breakfast burritos on the patio.  Just enjoying the quiet of nature.

My brother started up his Traeger smoker and we headed off to check out the water. Later we did gobble down some great bbq'd beef.

The water had some nice holes but wasn't that easy to get to.

Further back we found some nice flat roads and easier access to the river in spots.

Not a lot out here but my brother did catch a few decent Brook Trout. 

If you have a smaller rig or tents the road takes you back to amazing spots along the river.  No cell once you get much past the water/dump station though.

Some gorgeous views of the Sawtooth Mountains.
The weather has been fickle with some threatening storms moving in and out quickly.  Steve and I hope to get a hike in along the river tomorrow in the Hemingway Boulders Wilderness.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A Movie & More Off Road Exploring - ID

Mackay, Idaho
Joe T. Fallini BLM CG

With only a couple of more days left in Mackay, we wanted to spend some time in the cute town and go to the movie theatre.  It's a non-profit, locally run, independent cinema.  They had a different showing each month.  This month was a cute show called the Biggest Little Farm.  Kind of a docudrama about a family starting a farm in Southern California.  It was very good!

Very small theatre that is in the process of being refurbished.  We had a nice talk with the owner.  His grandson sells the popcorn and drinks.

Then we headed home just in time for another spectacular sunset!

Our final day my brother and I took a ride up to another ridge top on White Knob Peak.  The road started out pretty good but then got very tricky in a few spots.
We went through an old burn area.

And up one of those tricky, steep, rocky parts.
Rough patch in the road!
The only area we found water with small streams running across the road.

Old knarled trees.

That's the peak we're heading too.

We tried the straight up drive, but it's so much steeper and looser than it looks.  It also disappears so we turned around and tried another way.
Slightly better.
As we headed back down we took some side roads to find a few more of the Mine Tour shacks.

The Copper Leaching Ponds.

Makes us look so small!

This was my favorite cabin of all. It's a mine claim owned by "Scott".  He had the best views too!


Thanks Scott for sharing your special spot with us.  We enjoyed exploring around.
 I was enjoying all the flowers again!

Lone tree.
Back down the open mountainside with some long views.

And up again.
That's the dirt road on the other side that takes us back near the Old Shay Railroad Bed.

Dinner in town to celebrate Diane's birthday, then we called it a night.
 Good Night Mackay, and thanks for a great time!