Saturday, August 27, 2011

Camping, Part Two: The Locale

After two hours of dirt roads and blind corners, we settled into a campground. Well...sort of in the campground. We decided that the island area outside of the campground looked like a better spot since it allowed us to set up all of the tents in a group. It was a bit more work to get the gear out to the site (down a ledge and across the dry part of the riverbed) but being slightly away from the campground made it feel much more secluded. The only downside were the voracious mosquitoes who were apparently immune to bug spray, smoke, and citronella candles.

While it ended up being too hot to do any hiking, the river offered some fun recreation. The area right outside of our camp was relatively shallow and perfect for setting up a chair and relaxing with our feet in the water. Slightly down river there were some deeper areas of rapids that lead to a calm pool which we decided was a great set up for tubing.

Still not a water dog, but he put his face in to get a stick

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Camping, Part One: The Journey

Last weekend was a weekend of firsts, among them:
  • First camping trip of the year
  • First camping trip in Idaho
  • First camping trip that I have single-handedly planned
  • First camping trip where I have traveled into unfamiliar wilderness areas without Chris
After hours of online research it appeared that our best bet would be trying to camp on the middle fork of the Boise River. As most of the campgrounds were fairly small (three to five sites per campground with one coming in at a whopping nine sites) and we wanted a shady spot that was actually on the river, it was decided that I should drive up before Chris got off work to find a suitable campground and stake out our site.

Saying that I was nervous about traversing the back-roads of an unknown area by myself and without cell service is a bit of an understatement: I'm capable of getting hopelessly lost even when MapQuest holds my hand. Much to my relief, another member of our group asked if she could ride up with me that day, leaving our hubbies to arrive together later that evening.

Supplies loaded into our trusty four-wheel drive and directions in hand, we set off into the hills. Since the area that we planned to camp at was supposed to be forested, you can imagine my concern when mile after mile of the drive continued to look like this:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Oh Camera, Where Art Thou?

Our camera paraphernalia (Charger, cables, etc. You know, the important stuff) has been MIA for weeks, and when the camera died shortly after we moved in I had to put off posting house pictures. Little did I know, the camera stuff had been "conveniently" stashed right under my nose... in Chris' gaming box.

Now that I have a working camera again: The Grand Tour! Most of the rooms are lacking a bit in the decoration department but I feel like I should wait until we actually buy a home to get much more. Things never seem to fit quite as well as when you buy them for your current space...


Entry from garage/laundry room

Living room


Guest room

Master bedroom