Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Life Beyond Hope

The drive North was uneventful. Well, that is if you toss out my choking fit at Athol and the fact that I was had a big head cold coming on. The choking fit was due to a small fleck of Dorito that got sucked down the wrong pipe and was held there by the by-product of the head cold. It was one of the worst fits I have ever had, I had to pull over and stop the truck. I survived and we drove on.

Our destination for this jaunt was Sam Owen Park on the Hope peninsula. We have heard about the area and that it is very busy in the summer so we thought an early spring stay might give us a taste of the park without the hoards of summer campers.

Found a way to slow Linda's running down.
The park was empty! Yes, every site was empty and that was due tho the fact that the park was closed. We drove by the locked gates and scratched our heads.  We had looked on the computer and tried to figure out if we needed to reserve a spot, but there was nothing stating that the park had not opened for the season.We turned around and drove back out to highway 200 and took a right.

Now we were definitely beyond Hope and heading into Montana.  Linda pulled out the map and started giving me options for camping.  We looked at the Johnson Creek River area that shows camping on the map, but it is just a put-in and a mess of a parking lot with very dirty toilets.

Next we dropped into a campground Big Eddy. This area has about seven primitive sites that are somewhat close together.  It would be OK in a pinch but. we were still early in the day and we decided to keep moving on.

The next intersection was the junction of highway 56 and highway 200. If you go left you are driving up the Bull River in the direction of Libby Montana. Going straight we continued on about a mile and found the Bull River Campground.  This looked to be very well maintained so we set up camp there.  Our view is of the mouth of the Bull River with the highway, Clarkfork River and railroad tracks as background. Take out the highway and railroad and the view would be beautiful!

1 comment:

thetclife.com said...

nice little write up. sam owen is a great place to go. we have stayed at big eddy for an overnight stop. a nice place that is free to stay at. we have checked out bull lake campground but never stayed there. seems like a wonderful campground. if you didnt drive up the road to the cedar forest it is worth the trip and a short hike on another visit.