This year we celebrated with a VERY rustic camping trip in northern Idaho - yes, even further north than we live now! ;)
We drove up to Priest Lake hoping to catch a first come, first-served campsite on the lake (i.e., "camping light" because you can get running water/restroom access, but really, my style of camping.). All the brochures promote Priest Lake as "the crown jewel of Idaho" so I figured it was time to see for ourselves.
|Turns out, they were right - it IS beautiful!|
We headed north up Plowboy Mountain towards a "dispersed camping" spot that D had stumbled upon while hunting last fall.
On the way up the mountain, D tells me that we should "manage our expectations" which really turned out to be code for "be prepared to live like a pioneer for the next few days." =)
After a 6 mile bumpy drive up a dirt Forest Service road, we arrived here:
There were a lot of good spots to set up our tent, and it also had a fire ring and a lot of wood already chopped and ready for our camp fire.
|He just loved playing in the tent!|
|Bear locker provided so the bear will only eat you, and not your food.|
We toasted our nation's independence by exploring the mountain, roasting hot dogs over the fire for lunch and dining on a gourmet venison dinner.
|Grass-fed, lean, and all organic too!|
We didn't see any big game, mostly because M & I did our best to scare them away with our normal noise level, much to D's disappointment. Although two cars drove by our camp site and stopped to tell us that there was "fresh bear scat" just around the curve from us, and asked if we had seen any bears. Yikes! #toocloseforcomfort
|Icy cold stream won't bother this guy!|
|Awesome little beach on the west side of Priest Lake|
Anyone ever been to Priest Lake? Seen a bear?