We finally hit the road about noon today after our stop at the rest area to catch up on our computers – boy are we addicted! Do they have a 12 step program for computer addiction? I don’t know if it would work for me :)
Photos from the drive today – we followed the Salmon River for a good long way, as you can see the road is right next to the river. It was a winding way for quite a distance:
It was so pretty. The water stayed really nice and clear for a good long way.
Suddenly it changed to a murky, muddy look, then as we got closer to Salmon Idaho the water cleared back up again. Must have been a lot of silt and sand mixed in it.
The water was a bit rougher also in this area, more choppy:
Along the way we were watching for Big Horn Sheep. There had been a sign near Challis, Idaho that had said to watch for them on the road for the next 2 and 1/2 miles. Well finally after about 15 miles we saw a small herd of 11 female and young. You can tell they aren’t male as the male have the really nice curved horns that are very large. Also the males are larger. (we also saw 4 deer and some more sand hill cranes)
One view of the big horn sheep:
And one more:
We picked the first campground after arriving in Montana on highway 43 in the southwestern part of the state – it is called Mae Creek Campground – nice open spaces and only 21 campsites. Very nice – primitive again though – even more than others as this one has no garbage service – pack it in, pack it out! We got here about 4:30 so altogether it was another short driving day. We will stay at this site for 3 nights and leave on Sunday morning.
Wild strawberry plants are growing all over the place! I couldn’t believe how many – some have little blossoms on them, but no berries to be found.
One convenience that we have at our campground tonight – a really nice water faucet about 100 feet from our site
Sunset – it stays light out much later than it does at home. We find it is still light outside where no flashlight is needed until close to 10 PM.
(This post was written on the 29th in the evening and will try to post it shortly)