It has been a while since an blog entry, we have been in hanging out in a favorite spot, Salmon Idaho. Toni’s sister Linda and her husband Bob were gracious enough to allow us to moochdock at their place for nearly three weeks. Every since our first visit
when they first moved to Idaho a few years ago we have loved their little town. Certainly a big part of it is hanging with family, but it is just a great place to spend time. While we had the opportunity to be plugged in during our visit, we chose not to tap into power and make use of the solar system. Once again we overjoyed with the performance of our system. Check out the video if you are interested in hearing about our solar system.
During the stay we often left the inverter on 24 hours a day and watched MANY hours of the Olympics at night. I think at one point after a couple cloudy days in a row we dipped down to about 78% charge. Beyond that we were mostly fully charged before noon. There were a few days when the temps crept up into the low 90s and we decided to give our generator some exercise and run the AC. Over the three weeks we ran the generator a total of about 16 hours to run air conditioning. It really is a good thing run it under a load at least once a month, but we are terrible about remembering to do that. I even went ahead and did our annual oil, oil filter and fuel filter service on the generator while we were there.
We managed a few road trips during our stay to check out some cool locations. We visited the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, an amazing piece of mining history preserved and open to the public. Check out this video for some details about the dredge.
The ghost town of Bannock Montana was also a great visit. It is actually a Montana State Park and has 60 plus buildings that are preserved on site. What is really cool is that most of the building are open and you are allowed to walk thru and check them out. The hotel and masonic lodge as especially cool. You can just imagine what it would have been like to live here back in the day. As long as we are on ghost towns, we also visited Bayhorse Idaho. While there are not as many building at this town site, it is still
very well preserved by Idaho. Hey, any ghost town is good for me. Another interesting stop was the old townsite of Gilmore Idaho. There are several old building still standing, but all are in very poor condition. The BLM has some great informative signs explaining the history of the town. What is most interesting is that the townsite is privately owned and the entire townsite has been subdivided into lots for sale, check out this link. Some of the lots contain the old buildings! They divided it into ridiculously tiny lots, small ones are 25′ x 132′ and the large are 50′ x 132′. The small ones are $3999 and the large ones double. There is no water or power available for the lots. Some people are living there in travel trailers or small buildings. It would seem a tough spot to live, but where else can you own a piece of property for so little? I did forget to mention that the miners that used to live in the town compared Gilmore in the winter to Siberia!! Perhaps get a group together and by a few lots and have your own neighborhood. Although looking at the map, more than 75% of the lots are already purchased! Just a few miles away, we took a forest road to the Birch Creek Kilns, yet one more amazing site from the past. The scenic location of the kilns is amazing and all the areas where they clear cut tree to gather wood to make charcoal where replanted by the company and the area of new trees can be made out from the still old growth areas. Very cool.
I took advantage of Bob’s quad and took a ride up into the mountains outside Salmon as well. It was about a 50 mile round trip and took me through some spectacular scenery and high elevation. During our stay I managed a few rides on the mountain bike as well. They have some great trails just at the edge of town in an area they call Discovery Hill. The trail system has some great long flowing downhills and fun uphill sections as well. I was lucky enough to get a guided ride/tour with the BLM recreation manager and learned alot about this and many other great trails in the area. I ventured out to a couple other trail areas as well, they have a ton of riding. We managed to get in some target shooting as well, nice to shake the rust off on the shooting skills a bit. Quite the arsenal was at our disposal and we had a great time.
To earn our keep a bit, we took part in the firewood gathering for the winter. Bob and I made a few runs to the mountains to fell trees and buck loads to bring back home. Then we made short work of splitting and stacking about six cords of wood for the winter stock. I did some videos of the process and made them into this little montage below
Hard work to be sure, but also pretty darn fun. Easy for Toni and I to say, we just got to help for fun, these guys NEED to do this ever summer to heat the house in the winter! I also helped out with some electrical work around the house as well. Small price to pay in our opinion for a place to stay for three weeks to explore an amazing part of the country. As usual we had an amazing time, as did our beagle CeCe. She always loves coming here and having a huge yard to roam and cats to seek out! She did manage to get into a couple of tussles with their corgie Sammie, over food of course, and has a new battle scar of a chunk missing from her ear. They managed to get along the rest of the time, with a bit of supervision.
So our time was up and we felt the urge to move on. Always sad to say goodbye to family, but the open road is constantly calling our name. It is time to head up into the Pacific Northwest to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer! Labor Day, or as more than one fulltime traveler has called it “Nomadic Liberation Day”, has just passed! This means the kiddos are back to school, the summer travelers have hung up their traveling shoes and the country is once again the land of empty state parks and national forests! It also means that on September 1 we celebrated our two year Nomadiverssary, we will get some stats on how we did slowing down out soon. In the mean time, we cannot wait to catch back up with several nomadic friends for a few weeks of fun in Oregon!!This entry was posted in Blog and tagged firewood, fulltime, gorving, idaho, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, salmon, seneca by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.