Round Valley RV Park
Goodbye colder weather, hello warm(er) weather. For a little bit anyway. I wasn't aware how beautiful the drive up Hwy 93 is. The river runs alongside the entire way from Stanley up to Challis.
There is a hole in the wall in this part of the Salmon River.
Amazing how steep it gets. You'd think they'd have lots of problems with landslides.
Moving out of the mountains in Stanely down into the high desert plains in Challis was a welcome shift. We've been boondocking/dry camping so much it will be nice to have FHUs. You know, on-site laundry, running the fireplace, unlimited showers, free heat at night. Ah, the luxuries. Round Valley RV Park happened to be a Passport America Park so we took advantage of rejoining and staying our allowed four nights for $18. Even with the renewal fee of $35 we saved a bit and had FHUs. We had read the park was rundown a few years ago but new owners are trying hard to make it nicer. Spotless, inexpensive laundry, long large level sites and many newly planted trees and flowers will really make this a nice park right in town in a few years. The new owners are very nice and accommodating too.The River of No Return. We stopped in for a quick sample and some food. The beer was just ok but the food was local, grass fed beef and homemade sides. Very good.
Down the street we stopped in at the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park to visit their museum and get some info on a later planned outing. There was a small outdoor display of mining equipment.
Since it gets so much snow up here in the winter, they had sleighs to shuffle miners and families.
Old hay baler.
High powered water driller.
I have seen smokey quartz, but not like this. Really cool.
A very old wooden wheelbarrow.
I thought this was pretty funny. (above)
Another small town with free water/dump/fill centers. Idaho really makes things convenient.
Tomorrow we head out to drive the Custer Motorway.
We drove down to the river to find a geocache and let Hurley play in the water.
The smoke is really spreading into the valley. Should be a fantastic sunset
Hurley doing what he does best.
We ended the day with a delicious pot roast that Steve cooked in the crockpot while we were out.