Kayaking Sand Creek and Dover and Festival at Sandpoint

I drove up to Springy Point on Thursday, since I didn't have a spot reserved and was nervous about not getting one for the Railroad Earth concert on Saturday. So since I had a couple days to do whatever I wanted up there, I kayaked Sand Creek and Dover. The night of the concert, I... Continue Reading →


Kayaking at Wolf Lodge Bay near/on Lake Coeur d’Alene

After having driven around the entire backside of Coeur d'Alene Lake looking for a campsite and finding nothing available, I really lucked out by getting this spot at the overflow parking lot at Camp Coeur d'Alene. I was even luckier, because the campground has since converted this sweet campspot into a dog park. I'm so... Continue Reading →

4th of July on Priest Lake

I'd reserved site 147 in Lionhead campground for 4th of July weekend 9 months earlier. I'd heard that Priest Lake has a nice fireworks show for the 4th, so I wanted to check it out. Lionhead Unit Campground is the northernmost part of Priest Lake State Park. The east side of the lake is where... Continue Reading →

Fall Camping at Round Lake

I typically don't camp this late in the year, because I don't like the cold. But I do have the Chalet travel trailer with a propane heater after all. And I had brought plenty of books and blankets, so really there was much potential for a great weekend. The forecast had even called for rain,... Continue Reading →

Garfield Bay Kayaking

We stayed at Garfield Bay Campground and I forgot to take photos of our campspot. I didn't realize I'd be writing this blog back when I took this trip. So I only have a few photos to share. Garfield Bay on Lake  Pend Oreille is a great place to go if you want some quiet.... Continue Reading →

Lower Priest Lake Kayaking

We usually stay at Luby Bay Campground when we go to Lower Priest. There's a walking path that takes you to Hills Resort from the campground, and the beach there is great. Its a nice paddle to the islands. It's not so quick to get up to Upper Priest from Luby. To do that, you'd... Continue Reading →

4th of July at Hells Gate State Park

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... Continue Reading →

Upper Priest Lake Kayak Camping

This was to be our first overnight kayak trip, and I was very excited! We stayed the night in the Lionhead Unit campground in the Chalet and then moved it to the overnight parking near the boat launch for the time that we would be on Upper Priest. Kayaking to the entrance of the Thorofare,... Continue Reading →

Priest Lake & Ironman Training

This was a rather spontaneous trip as it was dependent on Jack's baseball team finishing their tournament on Friday instead of Saturday, and if we got David's tree cut down by Saturday morning. We chose to camp up here for just the night, because there was a bike on sale on Craigslist outside of Priest... Continue Reading →

Dworshak Reservoir

We camped here on Memorial Day weekend because it's warmer here than at home. It was a very family-friendly campground. Jack ran into a teammate from his baseball team, and there were a bunch of kids biking and throwing the ball around at the campground. There was a volunteer with a huge telescope at the... Continue Reading →

Floating the St. Joe

We chose this river, because it’s relatively close to home and it's one of my favorite rivers. We used the little town of Calder as our put-in, and our take out was Big Eddy Resort. As we were putting our tubes in the water, we were told that it was pretty low water and that... Continue Reading →

McCall Meanders

This is definitely a trip I recommend. You don’t even need your own boat for this one, since you can rent them at North Beach, where the Meanders empties into Payette Lake. We got to McCall late on Friday, and we almost didn’t get a campspot. It ended up being McCall’s 4th of July fireworks weekend,... Continue Reading →

Elk River Reservoir

Having just bought 2 Hobie kayaks and a Chalet pop-up trailer in late August of 2011, this was my first overnight trip. Jack and I put our kayaks into the reservoir right from our campspot.

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