Indian Cliffs Trail

My, my.  It has been a while since I posted.  We have not fallen off the edge of the earth.  The more we travel the more I believe that the flat earth theory may be a hoax.  I promise to keep checking.  We are happily ensconced (ensconced is accurate as we are hidden away out of the public area in a volunteer site — maybe our reputation preceded us)  here at Heyburn and all seems to be going well.  I promise to post about our site and time here later.  Today Elaine and I took a 3 mile hike with an elevation gain of over 500 feet.  Quite an undertaking for two people who no longer hike regularly.  The trek was well worth effort and will encourage us to get off our backsides more often.

Whitetail Doe
Whitetail Doe

This whitetail was probably the third of many that we saw and the only one that was both close to us and
patient enough to  wait around for a portrait.

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

I could bore you with all the flower pictures I took but will just give you this one with my favorite flower walking ahead of me amid all this splendor.

A Giant Wish
A Giant Wish

It isn’t a dandelion but it looks just like one. If you blew on this one and made a wish you might even win the lottery. I’ll have to look it up and find out what it really is.

Chatcolet Lake Below Us
Chatcolet Lake Below Us

The views are awe inspiring!  By the way our truck is parked down there near the lake.  We have a way to go yet but it is downhill now.  We are having to much fun and staying way to busy to keep up with the posts but I’ll try.

Enjoy every day, you don’t get them back.

Your Random Rover,

Gordon

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To Heyburn State Park (With a Few Stops)

On past Henderson and Las Vegas, NV, through the canyon at the Virgin River, St George, UT and many smaller places to Beaver, UT.  Why Beaver?  Cheese Curds at the Cache Valley Cheese store, that’s why.  Well it also seemed to be about the right distance for a day.  No, it was the cheese store.  I won’t make any excuses.

Beaver Canyon Campground, Beaver, Utah
Beaver Canyon Campground, Beaver, Utah

We bought some Gouda, Smoked Provolone, and of course cheese curds, then shopped around town for a while before returning to Bertha and fixing dinner. A walk around the campground a little R&R and off to bed.

Roy, UT is the next stop because it is about the right distance for us. Elaine drove the first leg and Gordon took us through Salt Lake City. We will spend the night at the Roy Elks Lodge. Electric only but just a few blocks off the freeway and again friendly folks.

Elks Lodge at Roy Utah
Elks Lodge at Roy Utah

We shopped an antique mall where Elaine found a different kind of jar opener and then we picked up a few groceries at the local supermarket.  I’ll get out the grill for steak tonight.

We’ll be off to Pocatello, Idaho in the morning to spend 3 nights.  It should be an easy day, less than 150 miles. We hope to find lots of things to interest us there.

Bannock County Fairgrounds Pocatello, ID
Bannock County Fairgrounds Pocatello, ID

We were all alone in the campground! Beautiful, green, clean, and well-kept.  Check out that beautiful blue sky.PotatoMuseum

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E & G both pose with Marilyn Monroe at the Idaho Potato Museum

We enjoyed learning much about the history and production of potatoes in Idaho with this museum’s collection of unique antique potato farm equipment.

The King of Clutter
The King of Clutter

If you are ever in the Pocatello area the Museum of Clean is a fun stop that we thoroughly enjoyed.  They have a great collection of antique vacuums (vacuum cleaners predate electric motors) and other cleaning related items and exhibits.  We even got a guided tour by the owner, Don Aslett.

Off to Deer Lodge, Montana to spend a couple of days in big sky country.

Indian Creek Campground, Deer Lodge, MT
Indian Creek Campground, Deer Lodge, MT

They call this big sky country because the sky does seem bigger here and maybe it really is. (It could be true.  The science of mathematics tells us that infinitely large sets are not all the same size. But again I digress.)

View From Indian Creek
View From Indian Creek

The views from the campground are wonderful.  When we arrived we unhitched, fueled up and took a tour of the town.  On the way back we stopped at a garage sale where Elaine found a sun hat and Gordon found a bottle cutter.  It is amazing the amount of stuff we find, buy, and haul thousands of miles.

Phillipsburg
Phillipsburg

Off on a beautiful drive on the Pintler Veterans’ Memorial Highway. The views of verdant pastures with bright yellow flowers, brilliant blue sky dotted with white fluffy clouds, and snow-capped mountains were so continuous that I drove at well below the posted speed and pulled over to let traffic go by. We walked and shopped Phillipsburg, a grand and historic mining town. The best stop was a candy store called the Sweet Palace where we purchased a few “necessities” to get us by and were further tempted with some free samples.

Mountain Spring
Mountain Spring

Between Phillipsburg and Anaconda we stopped to take pictures of this large spring in the side of a mountain.

Lake And Mountains
Lake And Mountains

Just one of the dazzling landscapes as we drove along. After a light lunch in Anaconda we continued back to Bertha for happy hour and dinner. The just over 100 mile loop drive is one I would highly recommend. Tomorrow we will relax and catch up on a few household chores / maintenance duties and in general get ready to head to our last lay-over en route to Heyburn State Park.

Blue Anchor RV, Wallace, Idaho
Blue Anchor RV,  Wallace, Idaho

A stunning drive over the continental divide took us here to Blue Anchor RV which is actually in Osburn, Idaho  (Wallace’s next door neighbor).  We will spend a day exploring Wallace before heading the final hour or two down the road to our camper jobs at Heyburn State Park.

One Of Wallace's Historic Buildings
One Of Wallace’s Historic Buildings

According to the tourist brochure, all of the buildings in the historic district of Wallace are on the national register!

Wallace, Idaho -- The Center of the Universe
Wallace, Idaho — The Center of the Universe

With nice shops, a brew pub with a great Irish Red, and interesting museums Wallace is a great destination, but now you know why it is a “must see”.  The mayor proclaimed it, it says so on the sign, and on the manhole cover so it must be true.

Just think, for a brief moment in time, your friend and random rover was at the very center of everything.
Life is a journey, enjoy it.
Gordon