July 23-26, 2016: Ketchum/Sun Valley, ID
We've been to Sun Valley twice but only in the winter for ski trips. I always enjoy going to ski resort towns in the summer, it gives one a totally different perspective. We stayed at the one and only RV park in the area but it's also the closest to the towns of Ketchum, Hailey, and the Sun Valley Resort. A good base camp with hookups if you want to explore the Sawtooth recreational area.
The park was great for our short stay in the area, despite that the sites are very close together and you share a small green space with the RV next to you. We were there to be out and about so it didn't matter to us.
The Meadows RV Park Ketchum ID http://www.themeadowsinketchum.com/rv/
|Small green area shared between 2 sites|
There's lots of hiking and mountain biking in the area. Close to our park is the Wood River trail which is an easy, paved path that runs all the way to Ketchum in one direction and Hailey in the other.
We only did one hike while we were here, Bald Mountain Trail. http://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7000004
Quite a hike, 5.0 miles and a 3,229 feet elevation gain. It took us 2 hours and 40 minutes. Beautiful views the entire way and there were still some wildflowers at the upper elevations. Base at the start was 5,764' and the top was at 8,993'. Average grade 12%. It was a slow and steady climb the entire way. The nice part of this hike is there is free lift service down. Christmas lift takes you to Roundhouse where we stopped and had lunch, then it was a gondola ride down to the bottom.
|Another awesome view|
|A few wildflowers left|
|View of Ketchum|
|Skied those runs|
|Selfie on the lift ride down to Roundhouse|
|This is how the bikes get up|
|Lunch at Roundhouse- half way down.|
|Thank you Sun Valley for the ride down.|
|Ski Runs in the background|
|River Run Lodge, Base at Sun Valley Ski Resort|
Baroque Beginnings: Bach at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Sunday evening. It was outside on the grass and dog friendly, we found a nice spot in the shade.
|We found only one indoor dog friendly establishment|
July 26-28, 2016: Lowman, ID
On the day we left Sun Valley we heard there was a fire (Pioneer Fire) that started around Idaho City and had closed Highway 21 south of Lowman to Boise. Our route was going to take us to Cascade by way of the Banks-Lowman Highway(ID-17) which was open, so that was good news, but we were worried about smoke. On our arrival to the campground we checked at the forest ranger station and the winds were moving the fire NE of us and there was little chance the Banks-Lowman Highway would be closed. There was no smoke in the area and since we were only going to be there 2 nights we decided to stay and monitor the situation.
Finally a chance to get our feet wet and do a little glam camping. I chose a campground just outside of Lowman on the Payette River, Mountain View campground, Boise National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/boise/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=5196&actid=29. A small campground of 14 sites, no electric or water hookups but there is drinking water, trash bins and 2 vault restrooms within the campground. The campground has a camp host on-site. We had, by far, the best site in the campground, a pull-through right next to the Payette river. Walking around the campground I am not sure we could fit in any other site. Many of the sites are back-in and not level. We had no problems driving in and out of the campground but we did unhitch the tow vehicle first and went slow. I was able to reserve this site on-line; I booked it in early June and made sure we timed our visit midweek when it wouldn't be as busy. The campground was quiet the entire time we were there.
|Can't get any closer to perfect|
|Smoke plume above ridge line|
UPDATE 8/4/16: After we got home from our Idaho trip I saw this news report http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/pioneer-fire-continues-to-threaten-homes-in-lowman/287280379. It looks like the fire has moved a lot closer to Lowman, which is sad, the area is beautiful. The forces of nature can be relentless.
"Fire is never a gentle master" Proverb Quotes
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