Monday, October 13, 2014

A Day Off to Explore

Two weeks ago the boys had both Thursday and Friday off for parent-teacher conferences.  We have wanted to explore a little more of Idaho and decided a long weekend was too good of an opportunity to pass up.  Russ did a little visitation and study on that Friday morning and then after lunch we left to go north and east toward the Sawtooth Mountains.  We did a little research prior to leaving and really wanted to hike to Bridal Veil Falls just a couple of miles out of Stanley, ID.  It was about a 2.5 hr drive and a 3 hr hike.   We hiked in about 3.5 miles, so it was 7 miles round trip. (My hips were killing me the last mile back.  I am getting old).  It was dusk when we finally arrived back at the parking lot.   We drove the few miles into Stanley and enjoyed a bowl of chili soup at the little restaurant in town.  Zoe even got to go along.  She was one tired puppy on the ride home!   Our only regret was that we didn't take the tent along and just camp overnight.  We had such a great time we are already looking forward to going back.

On the way to our hiking spot:

Our first glimpse of the Sawtooth Mountains:

This picture just cracks me up:

On the hike:

Fording the stream:

Our destination (kind of):  Bridal Veil Falls.  You can actually hike closer to the Falls, but we were running out of daylight so had to turn around to make it back before dark

Back at the car at dusk:

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