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Idaho backcountry

February 22, 2010

Backcountry of Mackay, ID

 The Craters of the Moon were covered with a generous blanket of snow, so Tim and I were excited to get up to our house north of Mackay, Idaho to see the snow coverage.  Sadly, the snow level was less than desirable once we got down Trail Creek Road.  Day one, we drove further into the backcountry down Trail Creek until the road was closed.  We had hiked up on our snow shoes last year and got a good ride back there.   This year wasn’t so great.  We got up to some deeper powder, but the snow was so light that you sunk right down to the rocky base.  disappointing!

Not to worry.   From out deck we could see a couple of chutes through our binoculars that were accessible from Double Springs Rd.  We drove out to the earthquake site parking lot, strapped on our snowshoes and settled in for the long trek to the bottom of the chute.  A couple hours later we got there and now it was time to climb.   The snow was much more promising and we began the long climb up.  Our little coon hound kept up figured out pretty quickly to stay behind our tracks. 
Four hours into the day, we finally made it as high as we could go and still get back to the truck before dark.  We had a little food and enjoyed the view all the way across the Big Lost River Valley.  Our little house was down there somewhere.  I went first.  I attached my snow shoes to  my pack and strapped on my snowboard and hoped to hell that I wouldn’t waste the hike by falling on my ass.  The snow was like butter, smooth, full, perfect.  What possesses  a 51-year-old recreational snowboarder to hike for 7 hours to get one 5 minute ride?  Who knows but it was seriously worth it. 
5 Comments leave one →
  1. Helen permalink
    February 22, 2010 5:34 pm

    What possesses a 51-year old recreational snowboarder to hike for 7 hours to get one 5-minute ride? Extracting the joy from every minute, that’s what! Something that might take 51 years to learn how to do! I’m sure the 7-hour hike with Tim in the middle of winter, in nature, near your future home was beautiful and invigorating. Congratulations on your new blog Julie–enjoy every minute of it and all the connections with people you make from it. Keep it up old, young friend!

    Love, Helen

  2. Doug Stone permalink
    February 23, 2010 5:38 pm

    Hi Julie

    How was Idaho? Did get to see anybody?


  3. February 23, 2010 11:40 pm

    The trip was fantastic, Doug. It was such a quick trip that we didn’t socialize. We did see Bob Green on the last day as he was driving by the house. Things just aren’t the same without your bunch of dogs barking, you guys coming over to play cards and making desert with whatever we have.

  4. Gena permalink
    February 24, 2010 5:37 am

    Wow it sounds amazing! I bet that the hike was worth every minute of that smooth untouched powder. I love you!

    Puddle 🙂

  5. carolyntennefoss permalink
    February 24, 2010 11:17 pm

    Sounds wonderful doing what you want to do. I am so happy you are progressing with your book. Each day is a wonderful experience. Love you, C

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