I spent two and a half days in Idaho and was pleasantly surprised by what I found along the way. As I drove south from Montana I followed my Apple Maps directions diligently, until I began to question the gravel road section I would be turning onto in a half an hours time. I pulled over and promptly researched the road in question and found the top result to be a video titled “Our Terrifying Drive Through Trail Creek Rd.- Idaho” and below that, a closure notice for the route intended… To Google Maps! Google set me straight and added forty five or so minutes to the trip. This detour took me right through the heart of the Sawtooth National Forest area and what a pleasant change in scenery.
As I was driving the winding and deer infested road I came across a steaming section of run off from the mountain side. Not deep enough to wade or soak in, but a potential for a pool down near the river on the other side of the road. I found a pullout nearby and went searching for a promising route to the rivers edge. As I descended I saw about 150 yards down the river a few steaming pools. Jackpot! The water was piping hot and crystal clear, and there was not a soul to be seen in the vicinity. I enjoyed these waters for a long while, appreciating the extended time of travel to my destination and realizing that there was no rush to the next leg of the adventure, for this was the adventure!
There is so much in our lives that we rush and worry about on the daily. This trip is based around a schedule, and I try to keep it pretty close to accurate for the sake of getting back near the time my newest and only nephew will be born. With this in mind I am making an effort to slow myself down and enjoy the time in between ski days, not just blowing through lands I have never seen or explored. Stopping to see areas that are fresh and creating memories of this solo trip across the western states.
The skiing was average at Sun Valley, there was not a substantial powder layer over the crust of a previous rain spell and that made for a very chattery and effort filled two days. They do have a killer salad bar at the River Run Day Lodge and if you take a survey you can get a free hot cocoa!
On to Jackson to see old friends and make some new ones!