Day 209 Friday 7th November Boise Idaho
We continued our journey south along route Nos 93, then 75, and 21 to get us to Bosie tonight. As usual, you find a great camping spot further down the road, next to the river with the site carpeted with autumn leaves – it was a post card setting.
They certainly know how to build a road alongside the river, for most of the 200+ miles we have covered in the last two day has been beside rivers. The weather was not quite so kind to us today – with overcast skies for most of the day; however the scenery made up for it with snow on the mountains as well as the grazing land in the valleys. We had to cross several mountain ranges taking us up to an altitude of a little over 7,000’.
The Salmon River which we drove alongside is a spawning ground for salmon. To think the salmon swim 900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to get here and complete their life cycle is just amazing.
At the former mining settlement of Sunbeam, it was interesting to see the remains of the dam wall built on the early 1900’s (on the Salmon River) to provide hydro electricity for a mining operation some 13 miles away. When the mining ceased, the dam became redundant and also stopped the salmon continuing up the river to spawn, so in 1943 part of the dam wall was blasted to allow the river to return to its original state.
A little further down the road we came across some hot thermal springs that were flowing into the river; there wasn’t quite enough hot water to have a good dip but I am sure the early explorers and others enjoyed the hot water after tracking through the rugged mountains on horseback or any other means.
We saw some photos of Stanley lake which looked very nice, so we decided to go and have a look for ourselves; the road had a couple of inches of snow on it, however there were signs that others had gone up this road before us, so we continued along the 3.5 miles to the lake. The RV handled the conditions fairly well, but we were concerned that we would be able to turn around and not get stuck, but it all worked out well in the end.
The highlight of the day was the hot springs in the Bosie National Forest campground at Kirkham (about 70 miles from Bosie). Not having a bath for 6 months, any opportunity to have a dip in hot water is always cherished. The last hot spring I went in was in Alaska. The water here was clear and hot – about 102F and with no sulphur smells coming out of the ground, just beautiful hot water with no discernable mineral flavours. After an hour or so it was time to get out and continue the journey to Bosie which took us another 2 hours.
We were surprised by the size of the city, it is huge. Tonight we are at Wally’s once again and also under the flight path of the local international airport; we will see how much sleep we get tonight. It was a welcome sight when we entered the Wal Mart car park, there was a sign welcoming RV’s and an arrow pointing to where we could camp. They are most accommodating in the town.
Tomorrow our journey will take us into Oregon and then down into California.