I use the All Trails App a lot while planning our hikes. I like that I can see the trail length, the elevation gain and real people’s reviews of the trail. Although all three of those things can be slightly skewed due to inaccuracies and subjective opinions. But it gives me a good start on the trails I am looking at.
After hiking to Blossom Lake I had planned on hiking Revett Lake Trail on the same day. The trailheads both left from the same location and were both relatively short. The Revett Lake Trail did not have a huge ascent, so it should have been a piece of cake! But Blossom Lake Trail wiped me out and I decided to return to Revett Lake Trail on another day.
When I was in high school I was on the swim team. My best events were always long distance. The longer the better. Why you may ask? Because I am a master at pacing.
I’ve grown up around nature my entire life. My dad says I’m spoiled because I’ve never had to live in the concrete jungle. And to be honest, I am OK with being spoiled.
I decided a few years ago to visit all of the Idaho State Parks. As a native of Idaho, who still lives in Idaho, I felt it was my responsibility to check this off my to-do list.
It is pretty rare that I travel with people. But when traveling to Canada for the first time with dogs I felt it was necessary to bring along a “Canadian”. So I invited my dad on the road trip as we circled the Selkirk Mountain Range while traveling around Washington State, Canada and Idaho, our home state.
Last year we had one of the worst fire seasons in the Inland Northwest. Idaho was on fire. Canada was on fire. Montana was on fire. The season was paralleling the summer of 1910. Not that I was around then, but the fire season was so notorious that it went down in history as one of the most devastating natural disasters the Northwest has ever endured.
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows of our fondness for national parks. But we are not always fond of their pet rules. So we more often opt for state parks as their pet rules are a little more lenient.
Which brings us to Heyburn State Park in Idaho. Hayburn is unique as it was once slated to be a national park but it was later decided to make it Idaho’s first state park.
When I lost my job last year my travels were slightly hindered. I still ventured out, but locally. By the end of September, I became gainfully employed again and decided to celebrate this occasion by taking one last mad dash trip before returning to adult responsibilities.
My home state Idaho is known for many things. We grow potatoes. Our college football team plays on blue Smurf Turf. Our state’s gem is the Star Garnet, found only in two places in the world, in Idaho and Africa. We are home to the desert but also stellar mountain ranges such as the Sawtooths and Selkirks. We are also home to an array of scenic byways, such as the Payette River Scenic Byway.