Sunday, July 1, 2007
The Perfect Campsite
Friday I was desperate to escape the heat of the City, the noise, and the people. On the spur of the moment we set out to try to find a camping spot in a remote area where we could have some peace and quiet.
We took Highway 55 towards Lowman from Boise, but the trailhead we were going to try and seek out was closed off. So, we went further and ended up in Lowman, then on Forest Service Road 364. I wasn't sure what to expect as there was a campground marked on the map (and we never stay at campgrounds, yuk). What we found were wonderful small, private campsites - no not a developed campground. The first one we came to was too near the road to let the dogs run free without worry. The second one was the PERFECT Idaho campsite.
It offered a stream with a lot of water, and both rocky overlooks and a small, sandy beach with a small trail down to it. It had a soft, level, pine needle padded tent site, a fire pit (though we didn't use it), and it was isolated enough from the road not to be seen. The sound of the water was soothing and the temperature of the evening/night was excellent.
I was surprised at the lush forest undergrowth. There were lots of ferns, brush and wildflowers in addition to pine trees. The river banks had lovely moss covered rocks and overall it offered a perfect Idaho scene. Less than two hours from Boise, it was a great escape.
We spent evening cozy in the tent with the dogs; while they dried off from swimming the river we played cards. It was the best night's sleep I've had in weeks. And, it was close enough to Boise that we got up when it was light and headed home in time to make Farmer's Market on Saturday morning downtown. Idaho is just a staggeringly great place to live.