Trip plans went through many changes before we started. The first plan was to head NE to Bozeman, MT to visit Marie’s son for a few days and I thought it would be a perfect time to get Yellowstone snow pictures. I discovered Yellowstone closes off around March 6 to get ready for the big spring/summer opening for tourists. Scratch that. Bozeman son was getting company. Scratch that. It had to be about that time that Marie realized what it would cost to fuel two vehicles going so many miles and fuel costs were hiking daily. We both love little “hole-in-the-wall” cafes but we flew by and our quick stops became McDonalds and Wendy’s. Our thoughts about lots of fun stops along the way became trying to get through before the next winds blew in.
The wind was really bad and we traveled between 50 and 60 MPH and left enough room between us so others could pass. It was so bad on I-84, that before too many miles we pulled into one of Marie’s favorite stops from the past, the Mountain Home Wal-Mart. The new generator worked but didn’t talk to the microwave or heater inside, a major glitch when it is cold. After putting on sweats over my clothes and blankets over that and still freezing, I finally drug a couple blankets out to the car and started the car whenever I got really cold.
We followed Routes #55 and #95 north of Boise through some magnificent curvy scenery. Marie had not traveled that route before. She was thrilled and it brought back lots of memories for me. Obviously they had had a great deal of snow throughout the winter as a good bit of it was in huge piles along highways and rivers. In one area a slide was in progress. It wasn’t moving fast or carrying a lot with it but cautious drivers watched and then made a run for it when the rocks slowed down.
We spent that night in Riverside RV Park on the Salmon River in Riggins, ID. Spring had arrived with daffodils, green leaves and grass. It did have full hookups but in our case, we would have appreciated a shower house. It was delightful and one of those places you know you will want to return to for the outdoor activities, especially in warmer weather. But then again, how many times have I driven right on through Riggins because it was so full of tourists. Hmmm.
As most of the rivers were, the Salmon was roiling right along. Although we went through very little rain and only occasional snowflakes, the rivers and ditches were overflowing with spring melt.
God Bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”