Last week my son Peter Cary and I joined my nephew, Blake Everson,and his family at their home in Hailey, Idaho for what was to be a return backpacking trip into the Sawtooth Mountains.
In 2017, we had backpacked into these mountains to watch the total eclipse of the sun. I wrote about our adventure for NYSD.
In 2017 my niece-in-law Kate was three months pregnant with her daughter Charlie. Charlie is now five years old. Her brother Bennett is going into the 3rd grade. And my blond hair seems to have turned gray.
We had every intention of backpacking into the Sawtooth Mountains for several days and nights, but Mother Nature thought otherwise.
Severe thunderstorms rumbled throughout our week. As quickly as the storms came in… they left. There is an expression in the Wood River Valley: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.”
The vegetables and flowers grow plentiful without threat of rodents.
Our backpacking plans were changed by the often-inconsistent weather, so we decided to stay home and do day adventures.
Floating down the rapids in the Big Wood River was exhilarating and THRILLING!
Because of the daily thunderstorms, the river was swifter and more powerful than usual. What is typically a relaxing float downstream nearly became a swiftwater rescue situation.
A 45-minute trip over Trail Creek Pass brought us to Wildhorse Canyon in the Salmon-Challis Forest, where we began our 9-mile round trip hike up the Pioneer Mountains to Boulder Lake.