We checked out of Wasatch View and went to Promentory Point. About 10 years ago we had arrived there after the replica trains had been ceremoniously put away in their sheds, so it was an itch that needed scratched. I spent a lot of time in the RV doggysitting.
We headed north into Idaho and landed at Fort Hall Casino. We had nice nachos and a taco salad at their Buffalo Grill and camped in their parking lot.
Next day we found out what that red “EBR-1” on our southern Idaho road atlas meant — Experimental Breeder Reactor, the first one ever in the U.S. It was pretty cool, see…
^ Looking through 29 layers of leaded glass
^core degeneration chambers
At the first rest area north of EBR-1, in the middle of nowhere in the middle of nowhere, I hit 10,000 geocaches! I’m so lucky…
After that excitement, we visited Craters of the Moon NP. I guess since we had both previously been to Hawaii, and I had hopped around on lava chasing geocaches, we weren’t too impressed by it. Corny was actually a little disappointed - he had wanted to go there since he was a kid. Anyways, we got our little NP Passport books stamped.
That evening we landed in a nice little outta-the-way campground with electric and water hookups for $12 in Twin Falls. It was just an orange picnic table on our atlas - we thought we would check it out before heading west on I-84 to Boise. What a nice surprise - it was in more of a quiet residential area with a rockin’ little stream, Indiana forest terrain, a feisty gopher snake, and two geocaches! We stayed two nights and Corny had a little crack in the Jeep windshield repaired, or so to speak. I could still feel the hole and see the spider veins after the repair.
The first day Corny left with the Jeep while I was still asleep. The second day we went to the same places he saw, together with the dogs - Shoshone Falls and Centennial Park. We saw a bunch of young guys gearing up - to jump off the Perrin Bridge. I stayed in the Jeep with the dogs while Corny filmed some of them.
>just a random Waterfall
^Perrin Bridge in the background, over Snake River
I was feeling like I was walking in glue when Corny wanted to stay a third night in ? where were we again? - I couldn’t get to Boise fast enough. I was getting a little tired of the heat. Doing the big 1K train-shaped powertrail in Owyhee County was postponed due to heat - and it wasn’t looking good for the State Star just north of Boise, either. I had foolishly thought I could get up pre-dawn and hike until just before I passed out; then repeat until I had gotten all 51 caches. That didn’t work out too well. Actually it didn’t work out at all…darnit. A few days were triple digits, only one day was less than 90.
We tried a couple nice RV parks in Boise, but they all had waiting lists. We ended up at Garrity RV Park. When we called, the girl told Corny that they take Passport America, but forgot to tell him it isn’t valid certain months, and this was one of them. We paid $23 for one night and the wi-fi seemed okay, so we went to the office to sign up for a month. She told us we would have to move the RV. There was no shade to be found anywhere, so we asked her why we had to move. Her reply was to point to the map and our current site and say “These are the sites my father said are daily and weekly”. Really. She had no clue it might be a bit of an inconvenience to pack everything up, unhook, and move over two spaces. We had our hopes up when we saw a guy with a rare shady spot hitching up to leave, but we got stuck in a narrow little spot next to a broken-down rig with a big dog and Harley riders. I hate the place because the girl at the front desk is a liar and doesn’t care about her customers. Plus since we moved, the wi-fi sucks. We have been using our little Poco-Net mi-fi during the day and staying up late because that’s the only time the free wi-fi works. Whenever a new rig pulls in, we joke that they are on a waiting list at a nice place…
Anyways, I got a little reprieve because back in Utah, when the weather pattern was normal, we booked a flight out of Boise for me to go see Shorty. Of course now we wish it had been out of Portland. Shorty and I will continue on to Indiana &Ohio from there. I’ll be gone two weeks. Yay!
Life is Godd!