Monday, June 07, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend - Saturday AM

We elected to stay home this Memorial Day weekend. It was a hard decision and we went back and forth all week trying to make up our minds. Main reason we didn't want to go out was the weather, second reason were the crowds. The projected forecast was for rain followed by more rain with a possible break Sunday after noon and maybe Monday. Linda's quote was "I don't want to sit in the camper with you for three days!" I think she was right on that one, I can be a bit of a nuisance if I can't go out and do something.

We made our final decision not to camp on Tuesday night and I think we are glad we stuck to it. Saturday morning we loaded the dog into the Jeep and took a bit of a drive. We bundled up in sweatshirts, coats and stocking caps then turned the heat on in the Jeep and rumbled on over 4th of July Pass to Rose Lake. At Rose Lake wee took the River Road and made our way to a place that Tom Husby had told me about. Some folks had put a large pole up in their front lawn so that an Osprey might nest there. The nesting box drew a pair of owls and they had proceeded to parent a pair of baby owls. We could see the head of one of the parents from our spot on the ground, they were nestled in real cozy, probably due to the rain. We watched for a bit and then drove on along the River Road.

We followed the road which wound around back to and over I-90. Then it followed the shore of the slew and we wound up crossing the Coeur d'Alene River ending up back at the Enaville exit. From there we headed up the river to see how the hordes of campers were surviving the rain.

Our travels took us up to Bumblebee Campground and then up over Fernan Saddle back to Coeur d'Alene. Every camp site was packed with wet campers. Some camps had as many as five RV rigs and ten vehicles parked in the mud, we were not surprised, just a bit in awe. As we drove the back roads we encountered trucks pulling trailers, cars, pickups and all sorts of ATV like toys. If you wanted to get away for some solitude, this was not the weekend for that.

We were amazed at the number of people in each camp site. With the rain and the numbers, the camp areas should be a real mess by the end of this holiday.

Once we drove up to the Fernan Saddle we were ready to get back home so we stopped for lunch and returned to the warmth of our house. We have one of the best campers anyone would want, I feel we should be out in it every weekend, but this weekend I am glad we stayed home. Let those other folks get out doors with all their friends in the rain.

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