Saturday, July 31, 2004

We Are Melting in the Park!
Hi Everybody!

It's true, we are melting. On May 22nd, we camped in this same park where we
are camping now. Only back in May, it was sooooooo cool. Wow! Inside Ms. Tioga
it is 96 degrees! The Team has been searching for cool places! The only cool
places are near the Ocean, and we are hundreds of miles from the Ocean! George
knows that he is a Weather Wimp, and that you may be in even warmer weather!



Wonderful Idaho!
Idaho is such a wonderful state for travelers. Look where George is sitting
in the shade of this lovely rest stop. There are trees, big trees for shade.
And grass and picnic tables. A sign reads, "OK to park for 16 hours!" Isn't
that great?! RV Dump stations are found all over the state. Wow!



Just below this park flows the Clearwater River. Mr. Mavica has promised to
take a pic of the Clearwater when the Sun gets a little lower, OK? As we traveled
today, we drove along the two large tributories of the Clearwater; The Lochsa and
The Selway Rivers. These rivers were ones that Lewis and Clark traveled. We passed
such a poignant Lewis and Clark road sign. Mr. Mavica took a pic for you to read.



11PM
It is finally cool. Ms. Tioga will be able to spend the nite with windows open,
because it will not get cold, even in the early morning before dawn. George
finally feels some energy. Boy, that heat takes everything out of him!

Mr. Mavica took a pic of the Mighty Clearwater River. You know that Lewis and
Clark and their entire expedition canoed down past this point in 1805. Isn't that
something to think about?!






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Friday, July 30, 2004

The Team Gets Lucky!
We were cruising down the canyon along the Lochsa River this morning. George
spotted a dirt road on the river side. Not too many of those!! We found a
big flat almost river level area, just fine for camping. So we are Camping here!!

We took a quick pic of the river. Mr. Mavica will take more pics after we are
setup and explore!



4PM
We've been here at this lovely Campsite for a few hours now. Some folks came
by to fish, apparently this place is a fine fishing hole. George likes to sit
by the water, and figure out how he would run a boat thru the rapid. Wow!






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Thursday, July 29, 2004

10AM
We have made Camp in the Jerry Johnson U.S. Forest Campground. After breakfast,
we will explore to find a dispersed place to Camp.

6PM
The Team looked all over the canyon above Jerry Johnson Campground and adjacent
to the Lochsa River. There is not any dispersed camping for RVs to be found. So,
we are staying the nite in this Campground. So far, we are the only campers in
this place!

Tomorrow we will continue looking for a place to boondock. Who knows what we
will find!!!


8PM
Below is a pic of George looking down at Ms. Tioga, the only Camper in Jerry
Johnson Campground. This Campground was filled with 100 year old Douglas fir
trees which were infested with root rot. After the Forest Service struggled
with what to do, they finally decided that it was too dangerous for these weakened
trees to remain in the Campground. The chances of one falling over and crushing
a camper were just too great.

After the Douglas fir trees were removed, the Campground was without any shade.
Apparently few campers will stay in a camp without shade. Campers take a peek, but
few remain. The Team likes the sun, because Mr. Sunny gets a "charge" out of that.
But it is very hot during the day.






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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

10AM
We have made Breakfast Camp in a forested clearing alongside the North Fork
Salmon River. As you may see from the pic below, the stream is more like a
creek at this place.



Shortly after we began driving, we began to see more and more trees. We drove
along the Main Salmon River, and past several historic signs about Lewis and Clark.
Below are pics of these signs, which speak for themselves. Did we mention that
our Camp of last nite was on an exact location of a Captain Clark campsite?!









8PM
We are at last Nite Camped!! We are in the Lolo National Forest! Wow! This has been a long driving day. The Team tried camping in several places. Down on Hwy 93 in Montana, the Camp Sites are well, how do we say it politely? They were ugly. We found a few pay sites, but Mr. DataStorm was unhappy with these because he couldn't see the satellite.

We are now pretty close to the Lochsa River, our destination. But we had to
Camp because George was getting very crabby. George gets crabby when he is
hungry, and he is very hungry now. You know what THAT means! In the pic below,
Mr. Mavica takes a pic of Hungry George at our Lolo Camp Site. Ms. Tioga is
showing off her new Toyos (you might want to send her an email saying how nice
her new tires look, OK?)






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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Desert Water
We don't know where all of this water flowing thru the desert comes from, but
it is a wonderful oasis, that is for sure! People walk by Ms. Tioga with one
or two fish, good sized fish too! Where do these fish come from? Below is a
pic of George looking thru the trees at the clear waters of Birch Creek.



We may stay at Birch Creek Campground for another day. Yesterday, we traveled
far beyond our budget. Staying over will average things out.

4PM
This morning we were planning to stay at Birch Creek until tomorrow. But, we are
getting the urge to move this afternoon. What can we do? We are Vagabonders
Supreme, and the road is calling!


Just after we left Birch Creek, we came upon this interesting roadside sign. Isn't
it something to think about, that this place was forested and ancient folk lived
here?



7PM
We passed thru Salmon, Idaho, and the Mighty Salmon River now runs along the road.
We are staying in a BLM Campground called Tower Rock. In the pic below, George
looks at the beautiful colors in Tower Rock!



We have found out that this area of Idaho is mostly high desert. We had hoped
for a forest with nice cool breezes and maybe even some little creek flowing.
Maybe a little further North?



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Monday, July 26, 2004

We Love RV Friendly Idaho
The Team left our cute little Camp where we were at for the past three days
a bit after 6AM. We are heading for Idaho Falls, to shop for two front tires
for Ms. Tioga. We love RV friendly Idaho. There are sooooo many places to
stop or camp. We found this lovely rest stop and stopped for breakfast.
This place is just above the Snake River. In the pic below, Mr. Mavica looks
out from inside Ms. Tioga at George looking at the wonderful Snake River.



4PM
We wanted to take a look at the waterfall in the City of Idaho Falls, and we
could not find the location on our maps. So we decided to search. Unfortunately
we entered Hwy 15 North during our search, and there were no off ramps for about
15 miles. Too bad!

6PM
We were looking for more mountains like the gorgeous place we camped for
the past two days. We found ourselves instead, in the middle of a desert,
and it looked in the distance as though the desert would go on for a long
way. Suddenly we came upon a string of trees in this desert. It
must be a stream or something. We saw a few RVs here and there. So we
pulled in at the first roadway we could find. This is a FREE BLM Campground!
Isn't that great?! The stream that flows thru here is called Birch Creek.

Look at the two pics below, OK? In the first one, Mr. Mavica takes a pic of
George looking at the desert inside this Campground. In the second pic below,
with Mr. Mavica pointed in the opposite direction, George is looking at a
lovely creek with flowers and trees.





Hard & Soft Water
Since we fill up our water tank all over the West, we are amazed how
hard or soft water is in different places. Today we filled water in
Idaho Falls, and the water was soooooo soft, that the soapy
feeling would not rinse off!

Note of Thanks for Toyo Tires!
From the bottom of our Team Heart, we want to thank all of you who
made donations and looked at our Ads! You helped us afford the
wonderful new Toyo Tires! In the pic below, Ms. Tioga and George
show you how the new Toyos look. Notice how Ms. Tioga has turned
her wheel to show you her new straight treads!






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Sunday, July 25, 2004

George's Dam
This has been a real nice day! We cleaned Ms. Tioga a bit more, and worked
on the dam a little. George repaired the break in the dam, and raised the
top of the dam about 2"!! Behind our dam, the water has backed up quite a bit.
Do you want to see George's Dam?



Tires
While cleaning Ms. Tioga, George found a small cut on the face of Ms. Tioga's
right front tire. We do not like the look of this cut, and are thinking of
heading into Idaho Falls, Idaho in the morning to have our front tires replaced.

The Storm
It was a really nice sunny day. George went to take a nap, and woke up to the sound
of thunder. If the storm gets close, Mr. DataStorm will have to come down because
we don't want him to become a lightning rod, do we?



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