Fourth of July in north Idaho can be unpredictable weather-wise, so back in January, we made our reservations at Hells Gate knowing we were more likely to have warm, dry weather down there. The fireworks were to be set off over the Snake River. We’d all brought our bicycles, so we could bike over on a paved path right directly from the campground to a good fireworks viewing spot right on the river. An hour or so before it got dark, and after we’d all had dinner, we set out on our bikes. It was a beautiful ride into town. We found a great spot, and while the place was fairly crowded with people, everyone had their own riverfront seating. The fireworks were great, but the best part for me was the bike ride back in the dark.
The next day, we just hung out some more. Jim and Jack humored me and played Moscowopoly with me, and we all checked out the beach and did a little kayaking. Jen and Connie had never kayaked before, so they went out on the Hobie kayaks.
The weather was not only warm enough, it was actually hot. This year was unusual in that it was warm everywhere throughout the region. That night, Ben and Kelly, friends from Moscow, visited us at the campground after they were done hiking in the area.
Waking up the 2nd morning, before it got too hot, David, Jack and I took off fairly early in the morning to go for a hike west of the campground. It was pretty warm, and pretty dry, but surprisingly we didn’t see any rattlesnakes. It was a cool hike. Hells Gate is a very nice developed campground.