From Colorado to Idaho's Payette River
On our way to meet friends and explore the Canadian Rockies. We lmost most of Monday getting Sally's passport renewal in process with a passport expediter. The old one expired April 4th 2015, unbeknownst to us. 6 hrs later and $429 poorer (not including the $200 Federal Government renewal fees), we recommenced our preparation activities. Sally's passport will be shipped to our friends in Spokane and we will collect it when we arrive!
Small delays aside, we had a lovely drive up the Poudre Canyon, over Cameron Pass (where the aspens are beginning to turn), through North Park, over Rabbit Ears Pass, through Steamboat Springs, past my absolute favorite ranch gate and arriving at Dinosaur National Monument, Green River Campground after dark. On our way in our new truck camper!
Dinosaur National Park to Sawtooth National Forest
Temps down to 44 at Green River, but stayed 55 in the camper. The powerful furnace took the a.m. chill off in 5 minutes!
Drove west on Hwy 40, turned north on I84, found our campground in the Sawtooth National Forest north of Ketchum, Idaho, had a late dinner after 9 hrs of driving and went wearily to bed.
Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains
Driving north, then west of Ketchum, we passed through the gorgeous Sawtooth Mountain Country. Down the "Ponderosa Byway" following a branch of the Payette River, then down the "Wildlife Canyon" byway to the Payette River itself. We are camping in the mountains above the river, off-road, in the Boise National Forest. Peaceful, quiet and lovely.